Benagalbon best things to see and do

Typical white village

Benagalbon is a village with the typical atmosphere of Axarquia

Benagalbon y sus calles 2

In this article you will find the essential information about the things to see in Benagalbon :

  • A few words about Benagalbon
  • The origins
  • What to see in Benagalbon?
  • What to do in Benagalbon?
    • activities
    • guided tours
    • fiestas and ferias
  • Where is Benagalbon?
  • Book an accommodation
  • Some useful links
  • Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga

Benagalbon y su iglesia
Benagalbon Church

A few words about Benagalbon

Benagalbon is located in Axarquia in the province of Malaga.

Benagalbon was an important white village in Axarquia until 1950. With the arrival of the train, the population moved to the seaside. This is how Rincon de la Victoria became the main town.

Rincon de la Victoria playa en Axarquia
Rincon de la Victoria

Finally, this village has been able to preserve its customs, its typical atmosphere, and the feeling of a gentle way of life that you feel when you walk through it. Its mountain and sea view environment offers beautiful panoramas.

Benagalbon vista al mar
Benagalbon view to the sea

The first inhabitants of Benagalbon

The first inhabitants were the Neanderthals, who lived in the caves around here. Remains of this era have been found in the fabulous Treasure Cave (see below).

Then the Phoenicians settled down, followed by the Phoceans and then the Moors in the period of Al-Andalus.

Benagalbon ceramica historia
ceramica con historia

During these periods Benagalbon developed the cultivation of vines and mulberry trees to feed the silkworms. The village will be an important centre of wine and silk production.

The origin of the village’s name

Under al-Andalus, a Berber tribe settled here, and gave its name to the village, the Galb-un tribe. After the reconquest the names of the villages were Spanishised, which gave the name: Benagalbon.

Not far away, there is another village founded by another Berber tribe: Benamocarra.

What to see in Benagalbon?

Benagalbon Don Quijote
Don Quijote

Cervantes lived a few kilometres from Benagalbon, in Velez-Malaga. For this reason, several villages in the area are mentioned in his work: Don Quijote

The church of La Candelaria

Benagalbon iglesia candelaria

Inside the church there is a treasure, a hanging Christ, impressive and rare. A must see!

benagalbon que ver iglesia y cristo

the streets of the village

You should not hesitate to take a walk through the typical, flower-filled streets of the village.

Benagalbon y sus calles

Typical elements can be found here:

Benagalbon calle

Next to the church, there are a few bars that offer a very pleasant place to stop for a drink. You can come by car, on foot or on horseback!

benagalbon que ver caballo cerca iglesia

Next to it is an old machine used to press olives. Until recently, there were many oil mills around the village.

Benagalbon aceituna aceite

Walking through the streets of the village is a real pleasure and allows you to discover some of the details on the facades of the houses.

visita benagalbon fachada de casa

as well as some very nicely decorated houses.

benagalbon things to see house with flowers

Things to see next to Benagalbon

The treasure cave

This cave is unique in Europe. It is the only one of marine origin. There are only three in the world. It is a chance to visit it!

Cueva del tesoro à Rincon de la Victoria
Cueva del Tesoro – credit : ayuntamiento Rincon

Here is the link to learn about the history and legends of the Cueva del Tesoro.

What to do in Benagalbon?


In the surrounding area, it is possible to find some very nice activities:


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.

Guided tours

A very good local guide, Cipriano, offers thematic and seasonal guided tours of the villages of Axarquia.

local guide andalucia

For example, Cipriano organises the guided visit to Frigiliana and El Acebuchal, a hamlet that was forgotten for 50 years. Frigiliana, on the other hand, is one of the most beautiful and authentic villages in Spain!

frigiliana pueblo mas bonito en Axarquia

The themes of the tours are: the white villages of Axarquia, the wine route, the raisin route, ….

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.

Here you can find all the guided tours in Axarquia from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.

The village fiestas

This festival of verdiales is a magnificent party that lasts until the end of the night!


The village organises an annual verdiales festival which is very famous in the province of Malaga. A colourful show that brings to life the ancestral traditions of this land.

Where is Benagalbon?

Book accommodation

Indicate the desired dates to check availability.

NB: If you wish to stay in the village, I would like to mention a rural casa which is absolutely magnificent, it is the guest house of Sandrine and Manuel.

You will not be disappointed by the welcome and your stay in this guest house, and by the beautiful landscapes composed of olive and mango trees. Find all the details in the link below:

The Casa Rural Malaga in Benagalbon

Some useful links (car hire, ideas for visits)

Easy and economical bookings

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:


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Here you will find everything you can see in Seville in 3 days. And for those who will stay longer you will also find information on secret Seville and the Santa Cruz and Triana districts.


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Visit Cadiz, a city with an incredible past and great beauty, on the Costa del la Luz.


When you reach the Costa del Sol you will find in this link all must-sees in Malaga :

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And of course, visit Cordoba, the caliphate city, and the Juderia district


Experiences to discover in the province of Malaga

If you’re in the area for a few days, here’s a selection of great things to do:

Find more ideas for visits to authentic Andalucia: see the blog pages on Andalucia.

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