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Cancelada is a hamlet belonging to the municipality of Estepona, located in the province of Malaga, in the autonomous community of Andalusia, southern Spain. It is a small place, not very well known, on the Costa del Sol.

Currently, Cancelada is in a situation of continuous growth with respect to the number of houses and population, as well as its economy.

This neighborhood has a church called Purísimo Corazón de María and is the only one in Spain where perpetual adoration takes place. One of the most characteristic things about Cancelada is the arch, located in the square. It also has a Public School, called Ramón Lago, which is attended by children from the same neighbourhood and from the surrounding urbanisations.

In this neighbourhood there are two very important dates in which all the inhabitants gather to celebrate:

  • The Pilgrimage of San Isidro Labrador, celebrated the 1st of May.
  • The Fair, celebrated in August and with a duration of 4 days.

Gastronomy in Cancelada

The gastronomy of the Esteponeros is very similar to that of the Costa del Sol in general. The main products used to prepare typical dishes come from the sea and the countryside.

Of those coming from the land, the most characteristic dish is sopa campera, which was born from the hands of farmers for the low cost of ingredients (they found them in their garden) and its easy preparation. The soup is made with oil, tomato, pepper, onion, garlic, bread, egg and salt.

Of the food obtained from the sea, the favourite in Estepona is the sardine spit, although fried fish in all its varieties can be found in restaurants and beach bars in complete safety.

Other dishes typical of this gastronomy are ajoblanco, emblanco, gazpacho, gazpachuelo, sardines a la teja, fish a la sal and octopus salad.

In recent years international food has been installed in many restaurants in the municipality, so that it has an offer that covers almost all nationalities.

Monuments of Cancelada

Next to the stream that feeds the artificial lake of Villa Padierna is located an ancient aqueduct of the nineteenth century with the name of Aqueduct of Taraje.

On Saladillo Beach there is an old 16th century watchtower, known as Torre Vigía del Saladillo or Torre Lançe del Saladillo.