The village is close situated to the highway between Malaga and Granada and is located in a beautiul landscape. Its relief evenly leads to outstanding ravines like Arroyo de la Verdeja, la Torre and los Pinares. Within the town itself, there are several streams (now channeled) that cross the village before they join the river Genil.
The lanscape is mainly agricultural with riverside vegetation, poplars, Olmos and twigs. The village was formed initially by numerous mills and farmhouses. While the settlements in this land according the archaeological remains start with Neanderthals in the Upper Paleolithic 150,000 years ago and continue with the Iberians, Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and finally the Muslims.
The village was situated in a zone that was maintained for more than two centuries as a border between the Kingdom of Granada and the Christian kingdom of Castile. It was the "last frontier of al-Andalus", so the people and land that have an endless source of the legends, the stories and battles.
Villanueva Mesía (37°12′53″N 4°00′46″O)
Altitude: 489 meters
Population: 2045 inhabitants (2014)
Distance to Granada: 41 km
Distance to the beach: 90 km (Malaga)
Distance to Airport Malaga: 102 km
Distance to Airport Granada: 29 km
Touristic level: low - medium - high
Authentic level: low - medium - high