The village of Canillas de Aceituno
The house is quiet but not isolated. You will find all your everyday shopping, great bars and restaurants in the white mountain village of Canillas de Aceituno, about a 10 minute drive (2.5 miles) away.
The village itself lies at 645 metres altitude, it is 33 miles from Malaga and 17 miles from the coast. Canillas de Aceituno borders no less than three national parks: Sierra de Tejeda, Sierra Almijara and Alhama Natural Park. A small drive from Canillas de Aceituno is the spectacular lake of Viñuela. Towering above is La Maroma, the highest mountain in the Axarquia, which is approx. 2,080 metres high. The natural source of La Maroma attracts people from far and wide because rumour has it that the water has healing properties.
Contrary to what you might think, the name of the village is not named for olives, for which the Spanish word is “aceituna”. The name “Canillas” dates from the time when there were a lot of reeds growing in the area and comes from the Latin canillae: “where reeds grow”. The suffix Aceituno refers to the time when the Moors were producing silk here. The Arabic word for silk is “azeytun”. The area still contains many mulberry trees that are witness to the local production of silkworms. From Canillas de Aceituno one can travel north on the old trail that leads to Alcaucin and then through the mountain pass of Zafarraya, along the agricultural plains, to Granada, where from 1238 until 1492 the court of the Nasrid was located in the world famous Alhambra. Nowadays, the people of Canillas de Aceituno traditionally make their living from goat farming and products from the land including olive oil, almonds, wine and raisins that are, in the autumn, dried on special drying beds (Pasero’s), edged with rounded white stuccoed walls.
Sights to see and do
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