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Canillas de Albaida

Deep within the Natural Park of Sierra Tejeda-Almijara, you’ll find Canillas de Albaida, a hidden gem in the province of Malaga. Just over sixty kilometres from the capital, this charming town offers tranquillity and natural beauty to its 800 residents and visitors alike.


Canillas de Albaida, named after the Arabic “Cann Albaida” meaning “white reed”, boasts a rich history and Arabic cultural influence. The rebellion of 1569 marks a significant event in its history. At this time, the town’s predominantly Muslim residents rebelled against King Felipe II’s oppression. However, the Battle of “El Peñón de Frigiliana” ultimately quashed their brave resistance.

Despite this setback, the spirit of resistance lived on. The town’s history is a testament to the resilience and determination of its people. Today, Canillas de Albaida stands as a symbol of endurance, its rich history echoing in its streets.

Tourist Attractions

Canillas de Albaida is home to several historical monuments and points of interest that are worth visiting. At the highest part of the town lies the Shrine of Santa Ana, declared a Historical Andalusian Monument. Additionally, it is interesting to visit the Shrine of San Anton and the central Church of Nuestra Senora de la Expectacion (Map).


Canillas de Albaida is an ideal destination for hiking enthusiasts. Nestled in the Natural Park of Sierra Tejeda-Almijara, the town offers a variety of hiking routes that allow visitors to explore the stunning natural beauty of the area.

From trails that meander through dense forests to routes that offer panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, there’s something for all skill levels. The trails are well-marked and maintained, ensuring a safe and enjoyable hiking experience.

In addition to natural beauty, the trails of Canillas de Albaida also offer the opportunity to discover the rich history and culture of the region. Along the routes, hikers can find ancient structures and artefacts that bear witness to the area’s long history.

For those seeking a challenge, Canillas de Albaida also offers more difficult hiking routes. These routes, often involving steep climbs and challenging terrain, are an excellent way to test your hiking skills and enjoy breathtaking views.

Recommended Hiking Routes

  • Sierra Tejeda Trail: This trail offers panoramic views of the Sierra Tejeda mountains and is suitable for all skill levels.
  • Almijara Adventure Route: A challenging route that takes you through the heart of the Almijara mountain range.
  • Forest Wanderer: A peaceful trail that meanders through dense forests, perfect for nature lovers.
  • Historical Pathway: This route takes you past ancient structures and artefacts, offering a glimpse into the area’s rich history. (Map)

Fairs and Festivities

Canillas de Albaida is known for its representative festivities dedicated to “San Anton” and “La Virgen del Rosario”, the patron saints of the town. These festivities are celebrated in January and October, respectively, and attract visitors from all over the region. In addition, in February the “El Dia de las Salves” is celebrated and, in midsummer, the flamenco singing festival “Sierra Axarquia” and the fair in honour of its patron.


The gastronomy of Canillas de Albaida is a reflection of its rich culture and traditions. The typical gastronomic products include “la pasa moscatel”, obtained from vineyards treated by natural means, black pudding with onions, hard pork sausages, fried calabash and “el choto alinado”.

How to Get There

Canillas de Albaida is easily accessible from Malaga, the capital of the province. Although the village is located more than sixty kilometres from the capital, there are several transport options available for visitors. Whether by car, bus or taxi, the journey to Canillas de Albaida offers panoramic views of the stunning Sierra Tejeda-Almijara and the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the La Axarquia region. For those considering driving, we recommend checking our car hire prices in Malaga.