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Villanueva de Tapia

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Villanueva de Tapia

The municipality of Villanueva de Tapia can be found in the northeastern region of Malaga, bordering the provinces of Cordoba and Granada.

It covers an area of 21.65 km and is situated at an altitude of 661 m. above sea level, bordered to the north by the Cordoba locality of Iznajar, to the south by Archidona (Malaga), to the east by Loja (Granada) and to the west  by Villanueva Algaidas. Other towns close to the municipality are: Cuevas Bajas, Cuevas de San Marcos, Villanueva del Trabuco, Villanueva del Rosario, Rute (Cordoba) and Antequera. The capital Malaga  is 69 km distant The village is 660 metres above sea level, the average rainfall in the area is 750 l/m2 and the average annual temperature is 16 º C.

Within the municipality of Villanueva de Tapia were found the remains of Roman and Arab buildings, this leads us to believe that the village hosted two civilizations, but those widely scattered archaeological sites do not provide enough information to form a common thread of the history of Villanueva de Tapia, whose first documents appear in the sixteenth century and refer to some lawsuits between the villages of Iznajar (Cordoba) and Archidona, surely taking advantage of the confusion arising from the distributions made after the Christian conquest, both claiming the lands of Villanueva de Tapia.

The tug of war between the one village and the other soon coined the name ‘Entredicho’ to refer to the area that generated the conflict of interest between Archidona and Iznájar, the term appears in a sixteenth century document preserved in the Municipal Archives of Iznájar. As the dispute was not seen to be settled, it took the intervention of the Royal Treasury, whose directors decided that el Entredicho should be integrated into the Patrimonio Real (June 20, 1602).

The lack of liquidity of the Crown led to Felipe III’s decision to sell at least some of the less productive lands, and the lands which were of little profit to the Crown were those of the Entredicho. The land was purchased by a member of the Supreme Council of Castile and patron of Cervantes, Pedro de Tapia, under whose jurisdiction, in the seventeenth century, the village now known as Villanueva de Tapia began to take shape.

Villanueva de Tapia Monuments

Virgen de Gracia (Chapel)
San Pedro Apostol (Church)
Virgen de Gracia (Park)
Casa de la Cantina
Lavadero de San Antonio
Fuente de “Allálantes”
Escuelas Viejas (Old Schools)
San Jose (Cemetery)

Gastronomy of Villanueva de Tapia

Typical dishes of the municipality of Villanueva de Tapia are “papuecas”, cod dishes, salmorejo with orange and cod, breaded and fried cod, stews based on anchovies, guisos based on boquerones, sobrehúsa, rellonos de carnaval , migas, porra fria, garlic soup with beans and red pepper gazpacho.

Villanueva de Tapia

As for the baking of the municipality, their recipes include those for Semana Santa (Easter), piñonates, pestinos, oil cakes, tortas de canuto, magdalenas (homemade muffins) and milk donuts.


From the capital of the province take the exit to Antequera-Granada-Cordoba-Seville along the A-45 (N-331). Just before reaching the port of Las Pedrizas, you should be in the right lane to continue on to Granada (the signs are very clear) on the A-359. Upon arrival at Estacion de Salinas, you can access the A-333, which leads directly to Villanueva de Tapia.


Málaga 67km
Antequera 42 km
Granada 79 km
Córdoba 111 km
Casabermeja 44km
Archidona 14 km

Villanueva de Tapia

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