Benaque best things to see and do
Visit Benaque and its incredible church
In this article you will find the essential information for visiting Benaque:
- A few words about Benaque
- What to see in Benaque?
- What to do around Benaque,
- guided tours
- ferias and fiestas
- Where is Benaque?
- Book an accommodation
- Some useful links
- Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga
A few words about Benaque
Benaque is a hamlet of 200 inhabitants attached to Macharaviaya.
The village is located in Axarquia in the province of Malaga.. It is a lovely little white village that has kept its authenticity.
What to see in Benaque?
The church of Nuestra Sra de la Encarnacion
This village, Benaque, has in my opinion a treasure, the church Nuestra Sra de la Encarnacion.
This church was built over the old mosque from the Al-Andalus period. On the spot, you have the feeling that the church occupies half the surface of the hamlet. This is very impressive.
The old minaret can still be easily seen today, on which the church tower can be seen today.
Moreover, the church was built in the purest Mudejar style: this can be seen in the sobriety of the church’s facades (and in the interior, with a very specific style of roofing).
NB: the Mudejars are the Moors who, after the reconquest by the Catholic kings, gave their allegiance to the Spanish crown, with the permission to keep their religion and customs. The Mudejar style is known as the Mudéjar style, because the Catholic kings “asked” the Mudéjars to transform the mosques into churches. These churches were built with the techniques and styles that the Mudejars knew.
The house of the poet Salvador Rueda
Salvador Rueda, Spanish poet and journalist, was born in this village in 1857. He is considered the father of modernism in Spanish literature and the author of many poems.
I have a fondness for his poems about Andalusia, Málaga and the Costa del Sol (which did not yet have that name in his time).
Here are 2 extracts from his poems:
«Esa es Málaga la bella,
paraíso en que nací;
entre sus luces viví;
y mi ser formose en ella».
«Sobre el paisaje alegre, lleno de luz dorada,
la atmósfera se extiende, como un inmenso tul,
y Málaga parece una ciudad bordada,
con torres y alminares, sobre la mar azul».
Salvador Rueda also wrote a magnificent text about Torre del Mar:
On the walls of a house in Benaque…
On the right wall of the house :
Right next to Benaque: Macharaviaya
Macharaviaya is one of the few villages that have an absolutely incredible history. Below is a photo of the old royal card factory.
In the following link you will find all the information about the incredible village of Macharaviaya.
What to do around Benaque
- horse riding, on the beach or in the mountains
- diving in Nerja and Torrox
- guided tours (villages of Axarquia, Cordoba, Alhambra,…)
- via ferrata (Caminito del Rey,…)
- hiking (El Saltillo with the hanging bridge,…)
- canyoning (in the rio Verde,…)
- visit of caves
Use the following link to access all the activities to do. during your holidays. This link provides you with all the details of each activity.
A very good local guide, Cipriano, offers thematic and seasonal guided tours of the villages of Axarquía.
For example, Cipriano organises the Comares Tour from Nerja. Comares is a must-see village.
The guided tours are always done in small groups (2 to 8 people max.) to discover the authentic Axarquia.
In the following link you will find all the details and prices of the tours he offers.
The themes of the tours are: the white villages of Axarquia, the wine route, the raisin route, ….
Here are all the guided tours from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.
The fiestas and ferias of the village
Certamen de Pastorales, in December:
Benaque Fair, in September
Where is Benaque?
Book accommodation around the village
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Some useful links
Here is a very useful link for your travels: book a rental car from your place of stay.
If you are in Andalucia as part of a tour with several major cities to visit, here are some links that may be of interest:
- Discover must-sees before visiting Cordoba
- Visit Malaga on foot.
- All you need to know about Granada, the Alhambra, the Albaicin neighbourhood before visiting Granada
- If you are passing through the geographical centre of Andalusia, then you can visit Antequera, with the incredible natural site of El Torcal right next door.
Experiences to discover in the province of Malaga
Find more ideas for visits to authentic Andalucia: see the blog pages on Andalucia.
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