Villanueva del Rosario
Villanueva del Rosario
The municipality of Villanueva del Rosario sits at the foot of the sierras of Jobo and Camarolos, on the border of the Montes de Málaga, and presents a spectacular landscape of great beauty.
At the foot of the sierras, you can enjoy views of olive groves, dotted with houses and cottages linked by numerous dirt roads. One of these goes up to the Llano del Hondonero, a truly unique place, filled with pines, oaks, hawthorns and shrub, excellent for hiking. Another beautiful place worth visiting is el Nacimiento, near the village with abundant running water which flows into natural waterfalls.
The village is 700 metres above sea level and is 40 kilometres from Málaga and 27 from Antequera. The area receives an average rainfall of 725 l/m2 and the annual average temperature is around 14 º C
The municipality covers an area of 43.58 km2 (4358 ha), the maximum distance is between the Sierra de Camarolos and Casa Cuca House at 12 km.
History of Villanueva del Rosario
Already in prehistoric times there were many settlements in the municipality of Villanueva del Rosario, although these settlers did not stay long, as they were nomadic and moved from place to place. The oldest archaeological site of Alto Valle del Guadalhorce is located in the Ventorro del cojo, in Los Llanos de Salinas, and corresponds to the Lower Palaeolithic. In the cave of “Malnombre” (Sierra de los Camarolos) traces of cave paintings have been found.
One of the most important times in this area was in Roman times; several Roman civilizations are known to have grown up here, one being the “City of Ulisi” in the Peñon of Solis.
The Roman era ended with the arrival of the Visigoths, this new era was also very important for the municipality. Several Visigoth necropolises have been found in Villanueva del Rosario like those of Calerilla, Repiso, la Rabia and el Picacho. After this stage Villanueva del Rosario continued without civilizations and developed quickly into a vast forest.
In the late nineteenth century the Alto Valle del Guadalhorce began to be repopulated, all this territory was under the jurisdiction of the Villa de Archidona. Later the town became independent of Archidona and became a “Villa Nueva” with its own Ayuntimiento (City Hall). Henceforth, the name of “Puebla del Saucedo” was changed to “Villa Nueva del Rosario”.
Ermita Ntra Sra del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel)
Iglesia Parroquial Ntra Sra del Rosario (Parish Church Our Lady of the Rosary)
Remains from the Copper Age
Barriada de las Carboneras
Gastronomy of Villanueva del Rosario
In the cuisine of Villanueva products like olive oil, vegetables, potatoes and cereals, all of excellent quality, are used.
Also included products derived from the “Matanzas”, (the slaughter of the pigs) chorizo, black pudding, sausage, chicharrones and loin in lard.
Other important dishes are from hunting, rabbit and quail with garlic rice. As for farm products, these include asparagus, tagarninas and mushrooms.
Arriving at Puerto de las Pedrizas continue in the right lane towards Granada (at this point there is a fork whose left branch leads to Antequera) and onto the A-359. After about two kilometres the first sign for Villanueva del Rosario is seen, on the A-6119. After four kilometers from the first entrance is a second access to the village. You can take either route as the two are well marked and both roads into town have good tarmac surfaces.
Distances from Villanueva del Rosario
Riogordo 29 km
Casabermeja 18 km
Granada 93 km