Canillas de Albaida is situated at the foot of the Sierra Almijara mountain range at an altitude of 575 metres. It is a little over an hour away from Malaga airport and 25 minutes drive from the coast at Torrox Costa. It has a population of 700. It is a typical white washed Andalucian mountain village and is becoming increasingly popular with people from the UK and elswwhere in northern Europe as a place to make a new home or to spend a holiday. It is quieter than neighbouring Competa but you can walk there in about 20-25 minutes along a track that winds through agricultural land and fields of olvie and avocado trees. It is, of course, ideal walking country and the village provides two or three hotels and rental properties to cater for this. There are also plenty of amenities including shops, bars and restaurants, a bank and a primary/junior school. For secondary education the children travel to nearby Competa.
The countryside around Canillas de Albaida is very beautiful and lush. It lies on the very edge of the Natural Park where there are eagles, mountain goats and wild boar. In the river valleys grapes, olives and tropical fruits are grown. One particularly pleasant spot just inside the Natural Park is known as “La Fabrica” where electricity was once generated. Situated on the banks of a river it is a perfect spot for picnics and as a base for walking. Picnic tables and barbeques are provided and it is a very popular place with the locals at weekends in the summer.