In a land that is known for its summer droughts, the inhabitants of Periana are truly privileged. The village towers over the great landscape, that not only includes the bluish green water of La Viñuela reservoir, but has the Mediterranean Sea as its horizon. Populated since ancient times, Periana was successively conquered by the Greeks, the Romans, the Visigoths, and the Moors. Its written history, though, doesn't start until the end of the 18th century. In 1761, the little hermitage of San Isidro Labrador became parish church and from then on Periana functions as an municipality independent from Vélez-Málaga and Riogordo.
Worth visiting are the old municipal baths, the Baños de Vilo. This Moorish spa features waters rich in sulphuretted hydrogen, magnesium, calcium and nitrogen. They are commonly indicated as a cure for skin diseases.