Villanueva del Trabuco

Basic data
Size: 60 Km²
Population: Approx. 5,000
Residents known as: Trabuqueños
Monuments: Church of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, Hermitage of San Juan and San Isidro; Hermitage of San Antonio and Hermitage of the Virgen del Puente
Geographical situation: In the Antequera area, 34 kilometres from Antrquera and 45 from Malaga, at 700 metres above sea level.
Tourist information: Town Hall, Plaza del Prado, 1. 29313.
952 751 021 Fax: 952 751 969.

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Parish church built by the Duque de Osuna

Villanueva del Trabuco is in the region of Antequera, and can be reached from Malaga or Antequera by the autovía, only 3.6 kilometres from the town. Its ideal situation between Malaga and Antequera has made it, in recent years, a favoured place of residence for the people of the two larger urban centres.
The municipality of Villanueva del Trabuco is watered by the rivers Guadalhorce and Higueral, on whose banks there are various trekking routes sighposted. The town centre is very beautiful, especially in the Barrio de los Villares, the oldest barrio in the town, with winding streets and low, whitewashed houses decorated with window pots. In the centre too is the Plaza del Prado, the social and business centre of the town, where one can find the Fuente de los Tres Caños, from which water flows all the year around, even in times of drought.
Villanueva del Trabuco has been lived in a very long time, although it is not one of the oldest towns in the province. The place where the present urban area sits was first settled in the time of the re-conquest, but some historians believe the Romans had a loose settlement here too. The first documented evidence we have of the town named Trabuco dates from April 12th, 1620, and the relevant documents are now in the Municipal Archives of Archidona. It refers to a meadow called Trabuco with more than 300 fanegas (a grain measurement) that belonged to the municipality of Archidona. The urban centre grew up in the early 1700s, when Carlos III decided to repopulate areas of Andalucía with German and Flemish settlers. The town gained its independence from Archidona in 1808.

Places to be visited
Natural surroundings
The town of Villanueva del Trabuco is situated in the extreme eastern end of the Antequera area, at the foot of the Gorda and San Jorge mountains. The proximity of the mountains provides the place with wonderful landscape, ideal for walking or trekking in. One of the favourite routes to take goes up to the Sierra de San Jorge mountains alongside the bed of the Las Chozas stream. The other end of the municipality, at the foot of the mountains, is low hills and olive and cereal plantations, speckled in white with the occasional tiny farmhouse. Two streams flow through the area from the two mountains ranges mentioned above, and from the Gibalto, to become the river Guadalhorce. These numerous streams at the foot of the mountain ranges have water in them most of the year around, and the result in much of the area is an abundant riverside vegetation.
Urban centre and surroundings
The most interesting building in Villanueva del Trabuco is the parish church, dating from the end of the 18th century and restored in the middle of the 20th century. Of particular interest outside is the white tower, visible from all parts of the town.
Traditional products
The various olive oil and flour mills in and around the town produce a high-quality product that can be purchased in the town itself. In the field of craftwork, the principal items produced are in metal, wickerwork and esparto grass. Some of the finished products are actually used still in the countryside, and most are available in local shops.
Where to eat 

Bar Manolo. Specialising in home cooking. Paseo del Guadalhorce.
Bar Juan María. Specialising in home cooking and tapas. C/Almería, 57. Tel: 952 751 770.
Bar Fegosi. Specialising in tapas and breakfasts. Plaza del Prado. Tel: 952 751 037.
Restaurante Porras. Specialising in home cooking and tapas. Urb.El Pilón. Tel: 952 751 885. 
Restaurante Talillas. Specialising in home cooking, kid, barbecued meats and seafood. Avda. Antoñico Rosa. Tel: 952 751 895.  
Mesón Javi. Specialising in home cooking. Urb. La Huerta. Tel: 952 752 020. 
Hermanos Romero. Specialising in home cooking. Cortijo El Cortijuelo.  Tel: 952 752 080.  
Restaurante Caserío. Specialising in kid, rabbit, pork and bull’s tail. Avda. Antoñico Rosa. Tel: 952 752 121.  
Bodeguita Frabriber. Specialising in tapas. C/Antequera.
Bar Manolo II. Specialising in tapas. Avda. de Málaga. 
Bar Las Columnas. Specialising in tapas and breakfasts. Plaza del Prado. 
Bar Plaza. Specialising in tapas and breakfasts. Plaza del Prado. 
Bar Toledo. Specialising in tapas and breakfasts. Plaza del Prado. 
Antiguo Porras. Specialising in tapas and breakfasts. Plaza del Prado. 
Marisquería Cristina. Specialising in fried fish. Urb. La Huerta.
Fermín (Cortijuelo). Specialising in home cooking. Cortijo El Cortijuelo.   
Restaurante Paneque. For all events. Ctra. Málaga-Granada, Km.50. 
Where to sleep 
Hotel Paneque. Ctra. Málaga-Granada, Km, 50. Tel: 952 111 479. 
Rural houses can be rented by calling 670 280 130 and 686 278 704.
Rural Accommodation in the province of Malaga (in Spanish)

The centre of Villanueva del Trabuco has an interesting layout

The festival in honour of the patron saint of the town, the Virgen de los Dolores, takes place in September. The Candelaria takes place on February 1st, and the Holy Week celebrations hold a special place in the hearts of the people of Villanueva del Trabuco. The important days here are Holy Thursday and Good Friday, with processions through the streets. The popular sanmarqueo festival, in honour of San Marcos, takes place on April 25th, in which the people of the town head out to the countryside to eat and have fun. The Barrios de Beatas and the Cortijo festivals are in the middle of May, and the annual Feria takes place in the first week of June. A few days later the Barrio de San Antonio organises a festival in honour of its patron saint. The festival of San Juan is very important in the Los Morales barrio, and lasts two days. On August 24th, 25th and 26th the most important cattle fair of the province takes place in the town, known as the Feria de Agosto, and celebrated since 1853.

The gastronomy of Villanueva del Trabuco is varied, but the most traditional dishes are olla, made from pork and chickpeas; the San José stew, the gazpacho and the fried porra. There is also a wide selection of pork products available here. The pastries of the area are excellent too.
Villanueva del Trabuco claims to be the town in the province with most painters, inspired, no doubt, by the beauty of the surrounding landscape. In the field of craftwork, the principal items produced are in metal, wickerwork and esparto grass. Some of the finished products are actually used still in the countryside, and most are available in local shops.