Villanueva del Trabuco
Villanueva del Trabuco is an inner rural town located some 47 km from Malaga, the provincial capital. If you take the shortest route between the two places, it will take you only 42 minutes by car. Since it is strategically situated near both Malaga and Antequera (the “heart of Andulacia”), many people who work in these two urban cities are tempted to buy residential lots here.
Although Villanueva del Trabuco is still a small mountainside village with whitewashed structures, it doesn’t have the same ancient feel common in pueblo blancos found in the province of Malaga.
One of the more recent projects you might be interested in is the construction of a campsite near the trail that leads to the San Jorge Range. The scenic landscape, made up of olive trees, cereal crops, streams, and a cornucopia of local vegetation, is ideal for mountain biking, camping and trekking.
Just like most municipalities in the province, Villanueva del Trabuco is believed to have had human settlements since the prehistoric times, particularly during the Paleolithic era. If the neighboring towns are any indication, the Visigoths and the Romans may have lived here as well.
Interestingly, Moorish occupation in this area in the past is not as evident as it is in other neighboring towns. This is probably the reason why the streets here don’t have the same ancient Arabic feel as other pueblo blancos.
During the late 15th century, the second front of King Fernando el Catolico’s forces, led by the Marquis of Cadiz, passed through this town on their way to recapture Velez-Malaga. However, it was not until the 18th century that population here started to grow. This was after King Carlos III ordered the repopulation of this area to take advantage of its potential in agriculture.
Today, the economy of Villanueva del Trabuco still relies heavily on agriculture.
Restaurants, Pubs & bars
If you’re looking to satisfy your gastronomical cravings, then you won’t be disappointed. There are numerous restaurants here. Establishments like Restaurante Los Cabales Casa Victoria, Venta Asador El Cortijuelo, Bar Manolo, Marisqueria Juan Maria, Toledo Bar, Bar Miguel, and Venta Talillas offer great tasting food, thirst-quenching beverages, or (in most cases) a combination of both.
Most of these places serve traditional Mediterranean cuisine. The local version of olla, gazpacho, fried porra, roasted ham, goat & rabbit in garlic sauce, fried fish, grilled steak, and seafood casserole are among the specialties. Don’t forget to order a bottle of local wine and those tasty tapas as well.
Because the hotels of Malaga and Antequera are just less than an hour’s drive away, most transients don’t spend the night here. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t.
There’s Hotel Paneque (phone: 951904716 )along the A-359. This is a 22-room establishment with an on-site restaurant. Another option would be The Inkeeper (phone: 952752121), an inn along Calle Libertad, right in the heart of town.
If you need more privacy, then there are B&Bs and holiday rentals in the surrounding areas. Cortijo Los Frailecillos (phone: 952751158), Cortijo Borreguero (952298422), Cortijo Molino Liceras (952751366), and San Isidro Cortijo (952111906) are among those highly recommended.
Monuments & museums
Except perhaps the local parish church and the white tower, there aren’t any significant historical monuments or museums here. There are however many of them in either Malaga or Antequera. Malaga, for instance, is home to museums featuring the works and other memorabilia of Pablo Picasso.
During the annual festivals, the town comes alive with various forms of celebration. Some are highly traditional, while others have been partially commercialized. There’s the Three Kings in January, Fiesta de la Candelaria in February, Fiesta de San Marcos in April, Fiesta de San Isidro in May, Fiesta de San Antonio and Feista de San Juan in June, the Feria in August, and the biggest of all, the Fiestas Patronales in September.
If you’re a party goer, mall rat, or an art aficionado, then you might want to drop by Malaga. But if you’re a beach bum, then you’ll want to proceed to the coastal resorts of Rincon de la Victoria (46-minute drive) and Torre del Mar (1-hour drive).
You may buy basic necessities from shops in Villanueva del Trabuco. But if you’re looking for more products, variety or better choices, then you’ll certainly want to drive to the bigger shopping centres of Malaga or Antequera.