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Málaga Province - Corumbela

Corumbela © Michelle Chaplow
Corumbela is a small village in La Axarquia at 650m above sea level with a current population of 300


Corumbela is a small village in La Axarquia at 650m above sea level with a current population of 300. The village is administered from Sayalonga town hall on the other side of the river Sayalonga valley 12km away by road. The country road on which the village sits above winds around following the contours of a spur. 


The origins of Corumbela are unknown although the site was probably settled by Iberia tribes. The village name is of roman origin and means 'dove'.  

In 1493  the after the reconquest of Granada the Catholic monarchs awarded Corumbela to Diego Fernández de Córdoba, the second Count of Cabra.  Corumbela was later passed to the Casa Ducal de Medinaceli. When he died in 1811 the Cadiz constitution was passed which banned the concept of dukes owning villages. From this time it managed it own affairs until 1868 when the Ministry of Governance of national territory re-organised all the municipalities in Spain and Corumbela was united with Sayalonga.

Things to see

Parish church San Pedro with a 14th century mudéjar style tower that was originally the minart of the mosque on the site of the present church.  The sister towers are at Archez and Salares. The tower is constructed with some rows of larger thick flat stones inlaid at intervals within the rows of bricks. The interior is well conserved.

Las 3 Fuentes", is a fountain just outside the  village where natural spring water can be collected. Take the path by the football field down towards Rio Turbilla. There is also a Fuente de Velez on the outside of the village at the start of the  footpath to Velez-Malaga (now the country road) Fuente del Monte on the Archez side of the village opposite the mirador, and within in the village was  El Pozo Hondo a well which no longer exists.  


Local specialities in Corumbela are el potaje de hinojos (fenel stew) also there is morcillas (sausages) and  pan cateto   (a country style bread) baked in a wood oven. La Era was the part of the village where wheat used to be threshed.


San Antón, feria is traditionally the first week in July.

Semana Santa, on Jueves Santo (easter Thursday) there is the procesion  of the  Virgen Dolorosa and the  Nazareno del Perdón.  On  Viernes Santo ( Good Friday)  there is the precession of Virgen Dolorosa and the  Cristo Crucificado and on Easter Sunday  there is Cristo Resucitado acompanies as always by the Virgen Dolorosa.


Corumbela is about 52km from the Malaga City and about 16km from Velez-Malaga along the scenic MA-4111. The next village along this road heading down to the coast is Diamolos and then Arenas. In the other direction heading inland is Archez and then down the A-7602 to Sayalonga.