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Villanueva del Trabuco
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  • Villanueva del Trabuco is a town in the district of Nororma, in the province of Malaga, near the Sierra de San Jorge and Sierra Gorda. The beautiful mountain scenery, with an abundance of streams and water resources, make this the perfect place for hiking, cycling routes and other thrilling adventure sports tree-top walking.

    It should also be noted that the source of the river Guadalhorce, the main river in the province of Malaga, is also in this town.



    The Fuente de los Cien Caños (the 100-spout fountain) marks the source of the River Guadalhorce. A visit to this huge complex built into the rock from which a veritable display of water spurts forth, is a must.

    In the town centre, visit the church of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, constructed in the 18th century, with a notable bell tower.

    The hermitage of the Virgen del Puente lies both physically and emotionally in the heart of the village.

    Other religious buildings include the hermitage of Pilar, the hermitage of San Antonio, the hermitage of San Isidro Labrador and the hermitage of San Juan and the Virgen del Carmen.

  • Going from Málaga on the local road, follow the A-45 / N-331 for 27.3 kilometres. Take the A-45 exit 139 towards Granada Continue on A-92M for another 8.6 kilometres. Take the A-92M 16 exit towards Villanueva del Rosario. Continue on MA-224 for 2.9 kilometres. Continue on A-7203 for 2.2 kilometres. Follow the Villanueva del Rosario road (A-7203) for 250 metres.


    Without a doubt, the scenery around Villanueva del Trabuco is one of its major attractions. To enjoy the landscape, take the road from Sierra de Gibalto, following the Alto Guadalhorce, to the Mirador Alto, from where you have unbeatable views of the town.

    Trabuqueños (as the locals are known) and visitors can enjoy true mountain landscapes in the sierra Gorda, sierra del Jobo and sierra de San Jorge. A number of footpaths and cycle paths lead to these sites.


    Villanueva del Trabuco also has a zone where you can take on challenges and have adventures while in contact with nature. The treetop walk in the Sierra de Camarolos, a leisure area offering different challenges: multi-adventure circuits, climbing wall, tunnels, walkways, zip lines, etc.


    The most important celebrations in Villanueva del Trabuco are held in September in honour of their patron saint, Nuestra Señora de los Dolores.

    The Fair takes place in August, and the San Antonio and San Juan celebrations are in June.

    The festive calendar also includes the Cabalgata de Reyes (the Cavalcade of the Three Wise Men) in January; the Candelaria and Carnival in February; San Marcos in April; and the romería de San Isidro in May.


    The most traditional recipes in Villanueva del Trabuco include the olla (a local casserole made with cod), papandúas (cod fritters), guisillo de San José (soup with fritters), migas (essentially sautéed dried bread, served with chopped vegetables and meat), porra caliente (cream soup of potatoes, bread and garlic…) and roasted mushrooms (very tasty in this area). A cuisine which makes the most of the products found and grown locally in the fields of the town.

    Quince jam and pestiños (delicious Arab pastries) are the most typical sweet dishes.

  • Town history

    Archaeological evidence found in Villanueva del Trabuco attests to the presence of man in the area since prehistoric times. However, no evidence has been found of important settlements after the Romans and the Visigoths. Only in 1487, Ferdinand the Catholic set out from Antequera to seize Vélez-Málaga. On his way to Axarquía, the King divided his Christian army into two fronts. One of them, led by the Marquis of Cádiz, marched across the land that is today Villanueva del Trabuco.

    In the eighteenth century, King Charles III promoted the repopulation of several areas in Andalusia, based on their potential for agriculture and husbandry. 6,000 settlers were brought from Germany and Flanders to live in various areas in the region, including Málaga. The town of Villanueva del Trabuco emerged as a result of this movement. After several decades, in 1845, locals petitioned for secession from Archidona. Their petition was approved five years later, and the town began to have its own Town Hall.


    Legend has it…: The blunderbuss

    According to legend, at a crossroads next to the town of Villanueva del Trabuco there used to be an inn. The owner would go to Archidona for food on a regular basis, but he was often attacked by crooks, who stole the victuals that had cost him so much to get. Sick and tired of this situation, he bought a blunderbuss and took it with him wherever he went. In Archidona, people began to refer to him as "the guy with the blunderbuss". This is the origin of the town"s name, for blunderbuss is "trabuco" in Spanish

  • Villanueva del Trabuco has a varied cuisine. Among all the dishes stands out the traditional stew known as the olla, another stew called the guisillo de San José, migas, la porra and los pestiños, among others.

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  • Inhabitants (5,001-10,000)
  • Inland area

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