The whitewashed Andalucian village of Periana sits at an altitude of 547m on the River Guaro and boasts some stunning views of Lake Vinuela and the coastline beyond. This popular village has many amenities including a health clinic, public parks and various childrens´playgrounds, a public pool, supermarkets, shops, banks, schools etc. The lush land and climate are ideal for growing fruit trees of oranges, lemons and peaches and a peach fair is held every summer at the end of August. There is also a festival of Verdial Olive Oil, another product for which Periana is known, where visitors have the opportunity of sampling this superior oil. 3km outside the village in a hamlet know as Baños de Vilo, are the ruins of Arab sulphur baths which are named after the hamlet. In the 18th and 19th century the baths were considered one of the most important in Andalucia but they were sadly abandoned in 1907 following a great storm. However, they became property of the town hall in the early 1990s and have since been restored.
La Viñuela is situated 47 kilometres (29 mi) from the provincial capital of Málaga and 19 kilometres (12 mi) from the coast at Torre del Mar. It is dominated by the landscape of La Maroma, which belongs to the mountain range known as Sierra de Tejeda and at a height of 2,068 metres (6,785 ft) is the highest mountain in Axarquía. Another dominant feature of the landscape is that of the reservoir known in English as Lake Viñuela (see below for more info). The whitewashed village of La Vinuela has it’s own Ayuntamiento (Town Hall), medical centre, bank, post office, pharmacy, supermarket and a handful of bars and restaurants. La Vinuela has it’s own local football club aptly named Aston Viñuela a male adult team in the local league and a male veteran side for over 35’s. Recently, they have become involved in Walking Football for anyone aged 60 or over and are currently competing in Spain’s first walking football league and are sponsored by ourselves Axarquia Real Estate! Training and home games are played at the municipal football pitch located on the A402 (turning for the Hotel La Viñuela).
Lake Vinuela is a stunning beauty spot surrounded by picnic areas (some of which have barbeque facilities) and it holds 170 million cubic meters of water. when the excavation work to create the reservoir began, 14 archaeological sites dating back to Neolithic and Roman times were found, including the remains of wattle and daub huts, a smelting furnace and an abundance of stone tools and ceramics. Swimming and non motorised water sports are permitted and the lake is home to the watersports Club Aqua Vinuela where you can hire kayaks, pedal boats and mountain bikes. On the shores of the lake there are a couple of restaurants as well as the beautiful 4 star B bou Hotel La Vinuela & Spa which was recently declared as the best rural hotel in the province of Málaga.
Alcaucin is a village located at the foot of the Sierra de Tejeda mountains, and offers stunning views of Lake Viñuela with the peaks in the distance. With no through traffic, this quiet hamlet has unspoiled, traditional charm and is a perfect spot for hikers and ramblers, with the Alcázar Nature Reserve, the Olive Oil and Mountain route and the sulphurous springs of Las Majadas all found in the local region. Alcaucin also has it’s own Ayuntamiento, church, bank and a handful of bars, restaurants and shops.
PUENTE don MANUEL
Puente don Manuel (the bridge of Don Manuel) is a hamlet belonging to the municipality of Alcaucin. The original village is set on a crossroads with roads leading from the coast and Velez-Malaga to Alcaucin, Zaffaraya, Periana and the Province of Granada.
With its close proximity to Lake Vinuela and the stunning scenery around, Puente don Manuel has become an extremely popular area in which to live for both Spanish as well as foreign nationals. It boasts a great selection of bars, cafes, restaurants and shops, as well as a small church.
Los Romanos is a small village overlooking Lake Vinuela. It affords magnificent views over the turquoise waters of Lake Vinuela and towards the dramatic backdrop of the Sierra Tejeda mountains. It hosts many ferias (festivals) throughout the year, including the very popular Romeria in May, a 3 day event which includes a scenic procession down to the lake with complimentary refreshments and tapas along the way.