The modern district of Vinuela is between Colmenar and the Axarquia mountains and has many interesting places to visit. The countryside is rich in beauty with rolling hills, mountain peaks and fertile areas where there were once thriving olive groves. The production of olives these days is a small part of the local economy because of the poor return from this type of crop.
Since the area was flooded to create the lake much of the agriculture has been replaced with 20th century "crops" such as tourism.
The valley and surrounding hills are a naturalists paradise. There are miles upon miles of wonderful footpaths and riverbeds to walk and the wild life plus the flora and fauna are plentiful.
Bird watchers will be in their element with opportunities to spot many varieties of bird long forgotten in Northern Europe.
The beautiful whitewashed villages of Periana and Comares are only a short drive away. Comares is about 25 minutes from the coast perched on a hill at a height of some 750 metres above sea level with views as far as the Mediterranean.
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Your on-line tourist information and general guide to The towns and villages of the Axarquia surrounding Lake Vinuela and the coastal resorts close by
In the 1700's a "Venta" (country inn) existed which was called La Vinuela describing the small vineyard from which the Venta produced its home made wines.
There had previously been settlements in the fertile areas where the three local rivers, Velez, Guaro and Seco converged.
15minutes inland from the beaches of the Costa del Sol and the important market town of Velez Malaga lies the village of Vinuela. It is from Vinuela that the lake derives its name.
There are several bars and restaurants plus an enchanting hotel converted from an olive mill with courtyards overlooking the surrounding countryside and beyond. Wandering Comares narrow streets you will come across local villagers selling local produce such as wine, almonds, raisins, olives, honey and cheese from the front room of their houses.
Comares village is steeped in history dating back to Muslim rebellions which can be determined by examining the local architecture. There is an old Moorish fortress which is worth a visit - this was once a Roman outpost and some features remain to this day.
Canillas de Albaida - another of the regions villages worthy of mention is a thriving community well serviced by a good selection of local shops selling locally produced products., including butcher, bakery, and Fruit and vegetable stores.
Canillas village sits on a south facing hillside on the edge of the Sierra Tejeda natural park which runs from the mountains right down to the sea to the east of Nerja.
Houses in the village are obliged to be painted white to remain in keeping with Andalucian tradition and many are prettily decorated with typically Spanish ceramics.
"If you are looking for an excellent spot where you can spend your holidays on the beach you might want to consider the Vinuela village area. Choosing this place has uncountable advantages. Aside from the fact that it is really close to the beautiful and attractive beaches at Velez Malaga, it is also near the market town, making it a remarkably good holiday location. More than all these, the villagers residing in this area are said to be really warm and welcoming.