The municipality of Canillas de Albaida is located east of the province about 50 km from Málaga, and northeast of the region of La Axarquía, 2.5 km from Cómpeta. With an extension of 33 km2, it extends along the southern slope of the Sierra de Almijara. More than half of the municipality belongs to the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park. In the northern part and higher altitude, delimiting the province of Granada we find a series of peaks in a row that from west to east are: Cerro del Puerto (1,658 m), Cerro de Albucaz (1,731 m), Collado de los Carneros (1,665 m), Dos Hermanas (1,547 m) and Puerto de Cómpeta that divides the two municipalities. Its slopes are populated by pine forests. As we move to the south, the mountains reach a lower elevation and the pine forests turn into poplars, oleanders and brambles. Highlights here include Puerto Blanquillo (1,348 m), Cerro Verde (1,330 m) and Cerro Atalaya (1,256 m) and places of great beauty.
The most important river of the municipality is the Turvilla River, with its two tributaries the Cájula River that joins it in the beautiful Molinillo Natural Place and the stream of the Melero Cave that joins the Turvilla River above the La Fábrica Natural Place, which has camping facilities and a forest track that leaves the town.
Further south, we find hills covered with vineyards, olive groves and almond trees and valleys with irrigated crops until we reach the limit with Arenas, which indicates a great abundance of water.
The town center of Canillas de Albaida is located on a small hill at an altitude above sea level of 576 m, with narrow and steep alleys, with white houses with low facades. It is one of the towns that form the Route of the Sun and Wine.
The history of Canillas de Albaida dates back to the 13th century under Arab rule. His name Albaida, in Arabic means white.
In 1487, after the conquest of Vélez-Málaga by the Christians, the majority of the towns of all the Eastern zone, among them Canillas de Albaida, gave their strengths and they were added to the requirements of obedience possibly to obtain better conditions in the capitulations.
In the year 1569 follows the same path as the rest of the towns of the region, rebelling and carrying out the Moorish uprisings, finally being defeated in the Battle of the Rock of Frigiliana.
The town of Canillas de Albaida itself is interesting to visit, strolling through its narrow streets and alleys, on different levels, with very white houses, surrounded by lush vegetation. Within the town there are different tourist attractions of the cultural heritage:
Church of Our Lady of Expectation: Built in the sixteenth century and rebuilt in the seventeenth century, it is built on a rectangular plan with three naves bounded by pillars and arches, its main nave covers a wooden frame. Externally, the square tower stands out, which preserves its original sgraffito.
Hermitage of Saint Antón: Located in the lower area of the town, its construction dates from the seventeenth century, of simple construction and small dimensions, it rises in a single nave covered by wooden armor.
Hermitage of Saint Ana: Located in the highest area of Canillas de Albaida, was built in the sixteenth century is raised in a single nave topped by a barrel vault. From its exteriors, you get spectacular views to the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park.
Our Lady of the Rosario Square: It is the main square of Canillas de Albaida, a pedestrian street with rustic cobblestones. In it is the Church of Our Lady of Expectation and the Town Hall.
Canillas de Albaida is a perfect municipality to enjoy doing activities in nature. We highlight some places to enjoy the outdoors:
Factory of the Light Natural Place: It was an old hydroelectric power station that supplied to Canillas de Albaida, Árchez and Corumbela, today turned into hostel and protected by the Agency of Environment of the Junta de Andalucía. It is an ideal place to spend a field day since it is equipped with tables, barbecues. It is located about 6.5 kilometers at the confluence of the stream of the Llanada de Turvilla, and the stream of the Melero Cave, here you can enjoy the fresh environment that provides the running water and its great vegetation.
Ascent to the Lucero Peak: This circular route consists of reaching the Lucero Peak (1,774 m), in the Sierra de Almijara, from Puerto Blanquillo. It is a route, signed at 90%, of medium difficulty with a duration of about 6 hours. This route has beautiful views of the mountains and the coast of La Axarquía. The access to Puerto Blanquillo is from the road from Cómpeta to Canillas de Albaida.
Las Cuestas Natural Place: Ideal to enjoy the culture and history of Canillas de Albaida. Through it cross two Roman roads, one that goes from the southern part of the town and the other that goes up to El Cerrillo.
Roman Bridge: Located south of Canillas de Albaida in the Las Cuestas Natural Place, on the Turvilla River. It is from Roman times but has undergone transformations.
There are different festivities to enjoy visiting Canillas de Albaida.
Festivities of San Antón: It is celebrated on January 17.
Fair of the Virgin of the Rosario: Held from August 2 to 4 in honor of its patron saint.
Popular auction: In it the money is collected with which the fair will be held the following year. It takes place on December 25.
Among the most representative dishes of Canillas de Albaida are fennel stew, ajoblanco, choto aliñado, fried pumpkin, corn flour crumbs, porridge, gazpacho. In addition, we find dry Muscat wines, semi-dry Muscat wines and sweet Muscat wines of very good quality.