Málaga Province - Genalguacil

The village of Genalguacil © Michelle Chaplow
The village of Genalguacil.


This is one white Andalucian mountain village that art lovers will not want to miss. Every year during the first two weeks in August there is an art festival in Genalguacil called “Los Encuentros de Arte del Valle del Genal” and prize winning works of art are put on permanent public display throughout the town afterwards. This is probably the most outstanding feature of this typical Andalusian village. Visitors come from all over to wander the narrow streets and charming plazas in search of artistic treasures.



Genalguacil is surrounded by greenery next to the Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja Natural Area and one of the only pinsapo pine forests in Spain. It is perched above the Genal River Valley which is the perfect place for rural tourism, trekking and to enjoy a wide variety of sports.

Traditional Life. © Michelle Chaplow
Traditional life.



The gastronomy of Genalguacil is typical Andalucian mountain fare. When visiting, you might like to try the hot gazpacho – a variation of the traditional Spanish gazpacho - scrambled eggs with mushrooms and tender garlic shoots and a local pastry featuring pine nuts. This is good, old fashioned, southern Spanish mountain food. Expect simple, hearty dishes made of local ingredients.




The main festivals of Genalguacil are the Chestnut festival in November, the Patron Saint festivals in April and the Holy Week celebrations.
Genalguacil provides a wonderful base for exploring other white villages, visiting a pinsapo forest and enjoying the best of Andalucian nature.


You can reach Genalguacil from Estepona and the Costal del Sol by taking the MA-8301 road up to Peñas Blancas. At Peñas Blancas coll take the narrow windy MA-8304 down to Genalquacil.   It will take an hour to cover the 30km plus time for the stop you will want to make. 

You can reach Genalguacil from the Serranía de Ronda by taking the A-369 Ronda to Gaucin road. At the village of Algatocín turn of on the MA-8305 down to Venta San Juan crossing the Rio Genal and then up to Genalguacil. 

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