Canillas de Albaida, a white village in the Axarquía with a great Arab past, full of steep and narrow streets surrounded by nature.
Where is Canillas de Albaida located
Canillas de Albaida is located 54km from Malaga capital with a population of 716 inhabitants. The municipal term has a dimension of almost 33km square.
Origin of the name of Canillas de Albaida
The town was an Arab farmhouse in the 13th century, and taking into account that “Albaida” means white in Arabic.
Denonym people of Canillas de Albaida
The inhabitants are called “canillero or canillera”.
Monuments and places of interest in Canillas de Albaida
- Church of Nuestra Señora de la Expectación: The temple was built in the 16th century with profound reform and reconstruction in the 18th century. The building has a square plan with its interior divided into three naves separated by pillars with lowered semicircular arches. The masonry of the square tower of the church dates and has been preserved from the 16th century.
- Hermitage of Santa Ana: In the highest part of the town is located the oldest hermitage of the town, Mudejar style formed by a single nave covered by a barrel vault. Inside there is a golden altarpiece with the image of Santa Ana, an art piece from the 18th century, there is also the image of Santa Rita. The Hermitage of Santa Ana de Canillas de Albaida, is classified as an Andalusian Historical Monument. Its initial construction by the Arabs was used as a defense fort against the reconquest by the Catholic Monarchs.
- Hermitage of San Antón: In the lower part of the town this simple and elegant hermitage from the 16th century is located, formed by a single rectangular nave. Inside there is a polychrome wooden altarpiece from the 18th century in the Rococo style, together with the image of San Antón. The elegant façade contains a niche that houses the image of San Antón.
- Roman Bridge: In the area of the town called paraje de las cuestas there are two ancient Roman roads that meet at the Roman bridge over the Turvilla River.