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Spanish Secrets, Part 5

Part five of beautiful and lesser known places in Spain offer a varied nature and nice refreshing water, which may be necessary in the summer heat

Embalse La Viñuela. Photo: Wikimedia.

Embalse La Viñuela. Photo: Wikimedia.

La Viñuela is a small village with barely 2,000 residents and a large and beautiful lake. The lake named “Embalse La Viñuela” is an artificial lake and is one of Spain’s largest lakes. The lake provides drinking water and no motorized boats are allowed, otherwise all other water sports are allowed. It is an excellent lake for swimming and in addition you can go fishing in the lake.

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Spanish Secrets part 4
Spanish Secrets part 3
Spanish Secrets part 2
Spanish Secrets part 1

The surroundings
The surrounding area is dramatic with the dominant massif Maroma which is 2066 meters high and is part of the Sierra de Tejeda. The area belongs to “Comarca de la Axarquía” on the border between Málaga and Granada provinces. It is less than an hour’s drive from Malaga and just 20 minutes from Torre del Mar on the Costa del Sol on the Mediterranean.


Embalse La Viñuela. Photo: Wikimedia.

As previously mentioned, this is a great lake for swimming and there are plenty of small beaches. Many of them with trees all the way down to the water and there are also prepared picnic areas with barbecue, tables and benches. Because of all the trees and the quiet location there is an intense birdlife around the lake.

Food and lodging
For those wanting to eat or spend the night there are a few restaurants, and just outside the village a small four-star hotel “La Viñuela”. There is also a well-equipped campsite “Camping Rural Presa La Vinuela” which also has bungalows. The campsite is open all year, and here dogs are also welcome.

For those who want to walk in nature, so there are almost unlimited opportunities all around the lake and the surrounding mountains.


Embalse de La Viñuela. Photo: Erixon Consulting.

Getting there

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