La Viñuela, the ‘Oasis of the Axarquia’ as it is known, has the curious distinction of starting life as a small country restaurant, or ‘venta’, back in the 16th century. It was on the main route, the Camino Real, from Vélez-Málaga to Granada and, being surrounded by a small vineyard, it became known locally as Viñuela.

Slowly, particularly during the 17th century, people began to build their homes around the restaurant and that’s how it all started. The original venta still exists today in the centre of the town. The decision to build the picturesque reservoir, supplied by the waters of the Rio Guaro, was first discussed back in 1890, although work didn’t actually start until 1981. Anyone familiar with Spanish building projects and completion dates will undoubtedly be totally unphased by this revelation.

Although the town itself did not develop until the 17th century, archaeological remains suggest it was one of the first areas to be inhabited with artefacts being found from the mid-Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Ages, as well as from the Roman era.


Area: 27 square kilometres
Altitude: 150 mtrs above sea level
Population: +/- 1,900
Distance from Nerja: 36 km
Driving Time: +/- 40 mins


Places of Interest

Ermita de la Virgen de las Angustias

Iglesia de San José

Torre de la Atalaya

Ermita La Milagrosa

Pantano La Viñuela (Reservoir)

Archaeological remains

Local Cuisine

Local specialities include: Ajoblanco (chilled garlic soup with almonds, bread, oil and vinegar), Gazpacho (chilled tomato, garlic and vegetable soup), Migas con Naranja y Granada, Chacinas, Gazpachuelo con patatas (Soup with potatoes, bread and egg white), Potaje de Verduras y Legumbres (Stew with veggies and pulses) and Olla con pringá (concoction with veggies, pulses, morcilla and chorizo).

Local Festivals

Carnival (February)

Semana Santa

Romeria Municipal (May)

Feria de La Viñuela (July)

Feria de Los Gómez (July)

Feria de Los Romanes (August)

Feria de La Pasa (September)

Useful Info

Town Hall
Tel: 952519002
Fax: 952519088

Where to Stay

Hotel La Viñuela
Ctra Vélez-Málaga / Alhama
29713 La Viñuela
Tel: 952519193
Fax: 952519282
[email protected]

Where to Eat

Bar Caenas
Los Romanes
29713 La Viñuela
Tel: 952554477

El Pantano
Ctra Colmenar 356
29713 La Viñuela
Tel: 629779039

Antigua Venta la Viña
Plaza de Andalucía
29713 La Viñuela
Tel: 952519070

Hotel La Viñuela
Ctra Vélez-Málaga / Alhama
29713 La Viñuela
Tel: 952519193

Restaurante El Charco
Los Romanes
29713 La Viñuela
Tel: 952554436

Venta El Charco
calle Los Ventorros
29713 La Viñuela
Tel: 952554540

Bar Miguelin
calle Las Pizarras
29713 La Viñuela
Tel: 952519048

Bar Patrivan
Plaza de Andalucía 2
29713 La Viñuela
Tel: 952519055

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