Canillas de Albaida

Canillas de Albaida

In this article, we invite you to immerse yourself in the magic of Canillas de Albaida, a charming Andalusian village where history intertwines with natural beauty and the hospitality of its inhabitants.

From its cobbled streets to its breathtaking panoramic views, Canillas de Albaida will surprise you at every corner. Get ready to discover a unique place that will steal your heart!

History of Canillas de Albaida

The history of Canillas de Albaida dates back to the 13th century when there was an ancient farmhouse in the area that belonged to the municipality of Vélez-Málaga under Arab domination in the peninsula.

This farmhouse was named Albaida, which means “white” in Arabic, because of the large number of white flowers that surrounded the enclosure. Years later, after the conquest of Vélez-Málaga by the Catholic Monarchs in 1487, most of the Arabs were expelled.

Heart of the village, Canillas de Albaida
Heart of the village, Canillas de Albaida |

It was then that the village was repopulated by Christians from nearby towns such as Archidona and Antequera, and it experienced significant agricultural growth. Vineyards, olive groves, and cereals were cultivated during that time.

They also built important monuments such as the Church of the Expectation and Santa Ana Chapel, which still maintain their original structures from that era. Currently, Canillas de Albaida is mainly dedicated to agriculture of various products.

What to See and Do in Canillas de Albaida

Canillas de Albaida is a small village with beautiful historical monuments. The best option to explore the municipality is by wandering through its streets and discovering the beautiful corners along the way.

We suggest you visit interesting sites such as the Church of Our Lady of the Expectation, located in the town center. It is situated in Nuestra Señora del Rosario Square and features the typical Andalusian structure.

Large gate of the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Expectación
Large gate of the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Expectación |

This church was built in the 16th century on the foundations of an ancient Arab mosque. Its facade stands out with its white color and a large door on one side. At the back, you will find the square bell tower, built with square brick patterns.

  • Address: Pl. Ntra. Sra. del Rosario, 29755 Canillas de Albaida, Málaga
  • Price: Free admission
  • Phone: 952 51 60 04

Continuing your stroll through the streets of Canillas de Albaida, you will come across the Saint Anthony’s Hermitage. It is located in the lower part of the town and was built in the 16th century.

This small temple is situated in a picturesque setting, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the Sierra de Tejeda and the Mediterranean from the Mirador located at the back of the building.

Hermitage of San Antón, dating from the 16th century
Hermitage of San Antón, dating from the 16th century |

Its exterior stands out with an arched doorway and a niche containing the image of Saint Anthony in the center of the facade. Inside, you can admire the exuberant Rococo-style decoration from the late 18th century, featuring a large wooden altarpiece.

  • Address: 29755 Canillas de Albaida, Málaga
  • Price: Free admission
  • Phone: 952 55 30 06

Another notable place is the Santa Ana Chapel, located at the highest part of the village. Thanks to its good location and height, it served as a lookout point to defend the area.

Hermitage of Santa Ana, used as a defensive structure
Hermitage of Santa Ana, used as a defensive structure |

Its origin dates back to the early 16th century, during the Arab period, making it one of the oldest buildings in the village. The structure retains its original form, consisting of a single nave and accompanied by a variety of images and artworks.

  • Address: C. Carril de Santana, 29755 Canillas de Albaida, Málaga
  • Price: Free admission
  • Phone: 952 55 30 06

If you visit the village, you must not miss the Camino and Puente Romano (Roman Road and Bridge). It is a natural area where you can see two ancient Roman roads that connect through the Roman Bridge over the Turvilla River.

Over time, the bridge has been restored while maintaining its original appearance, and it is one of the most important monuments in Canillas de Albaida. This is a popular spot for multiple hiking routes.

Nature and Hiking

The hiking trails around the village will take you through stunning mountain landscapes, such as the Natural Park of the Sierras of Tejeda, Almijara, and Alhama.

You can check all the hiking routes in Canillas de Albaida on the municipality’s website at the end of the post.

If you’re looking for a family-friendly hiking trail, the Santa Ana – Fabrica de Luz trail is the best option as it doesn’t require any physical preparation. It takes about an hour to complete, although you can extend the route if you prefer.

The journey starts at the Santa Ana Chapel, and as you continue, you’ll be able to admire the picturesque landscape. You’ll come across various points of interest, such as the Fuente de los Alamillos and the Cortijo Canalón, amidst a variety of trees and plants.

Easy, quiet and picturesque: Santa Ana Path
Easy, quiet and picturesque: Santa Ana Path |

The destination is the Fábrica de la Luz, the first hydroelectric power station in Canillas de Albaida. Today, the remains of this place create a peaceful recreational area perfect for a rest and finding a shady spot.

Another option is to take the popular Calzada and Puente Romano route, which covers a distance of nearly 8 kilometers and is circular. The route starts near the El Cañuelo area and goes through a large part of the Roman bridge.

Route of the Calzada and Roman Bridge, for all ages
Route of the Calzada and Roman Bridge, for all ages |

During the journey, you can enjoy the tranquil natural environment surrounding the area and explore this characteristic bridge and the different paths that make up the route. Discover waterfalls, caves, and a variety of flora and fauna in this unique natural setting.

Popular Festivals and Gastronomy

Festivity of San Antón

The festivities of San Antón are of special importance in Canillas de Albaida. In mid-January, residents and visitors gather to pay homage to San Antón throughout an entire weekend.

During the day, a procession takes place, starting from the hermitage and going to the church, where a festive gathering in honor of San Antón is held. This is a great opportunity to taste the typical products of the region.

Romería de San Juan

At the end of June, the traditional Romería de San Juan (Pilgrimage of San Juan) is celebrated. First, a mass is held in honor of San Juan in the church. Afterwards, the inhabitants accompany the saint, parading carriages through the streets of the village.

This festival is one of the most anticipated events of the year due to its wide variety of activities. You cannot miss the popular competition for the best carriage in the pilgrimage, as well as the spectacular cintas a caballo (ribbon race on horseback).

Easter Week

Although Easter Week is a very traditional festivity in all corners of Andalusia, Canillas de Albaida celebrates it in a special way. Throughout a whole week in April, various events are held, showcasing different images of the saints.

Easter Week, a traditional event for the locals
Easter Week, a traditional event for the locals |

Photographic Day

If you are interested in photography, the Town Hall organizes the Photographic Day at the beginning of the year. It’s a gathering where participants are invited to take a route through the streets of the village, capturing the best snapshots.

After a week from the event, the participants submit their best photograph to participate in the contest, and a jury selects the winning photo. It is undoubtedly an artistic event that you shouldn’t miss.


The local gastronomy of Canillas de Albaida will surprise you with its authentic flavors. Try dishes such as the traditional tortas de pascua (Easter cakes) and our favorites, the gachas con miel de caña (porridge with cane honey) from the area.

Traditional dessert of porridge with honey
Traditional dessert of porridge with honey |

Don’t miss the opportunity to taste typical dishes of the region such as choto frito (fried baby goat), ajoblanco (cold almond soup), or the exquisite migas de harina de maíz (cornmeal crumbs), accompanied by excellent muscatel wines from the region.

How to Get to Canillas de Albaida

Getting there by Bus

If you prefer to use public transportation, you can reach Canillas de Albaida by taking a direct bus from the Bus Station of Málaga. The transportation company Loymerbus offers this service, and it takes about two hours to arrive.

Getting there by Car

The best option to get to Canillas de Albaida is by car. You can start from Málaga Airport by taking the MA-20 towards Almería, then merge onto the A-7 motorway towards Vélez-Málaga until you reach the A-7206/Algarrobo exit.

Stay in the lane and, after passing Sayalonga, you will reach your destination. It takes about an hour to arrive, depending on traffic conditions.

If you want to enjoy the comfort and freedom to explore the surroundings of Canillas de Albaida at your own pace, renting a car at Málaga Airport is the ideal option. This route will allow you to enjoy beautiful landscapes during your journey and have the advantage of exploring nearby towns such as Cómpeta, Sedella, or Frigiliana.

Map of Canillas de Albaida

To help you explore Canillas de Albaida more efficiently, we have prepared a map with all the relevant points marked. Check the map below and plan your visit so you don’t miss anything in this charming town. Enjoy your trip to Canillas de Albaida!

Relevant Information

Best time of year to visit: Between May and August.

Must-see attractions: Explore the ancient Fábrica de la Luz and spend a day surrounded by the nature offered by this natural area. Also, don’t miss the delicious typical dishes at the bars and restaurants in the village.

Nearby dining options: You can eat really well in Canillas de Albaida, so any bar or restaurant in the village is a good choice. Restaurante Cerezo, Café-Bar Sierra Ami-Jara, and Restaurante La Plaza are some of them.

For more information about the village, you can visit the website of the Canillas de Albaida Town Hall:

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