Benagalbon best things to see and do
Typical white village
Benagalbon is a village with the typical atmosphere of Axarquia
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?
- guided tours
- fiestas and ferias
- Where is Benagalbon?
- Book an accommodation
- Some useful links
- Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga
A few words about Benagalbon
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
Inside the church there is a treasure, a hanging Christ, impressive and rare. A must see!
the streets of the village
You should not hesitate to take a walk through the typical, flower-filled streets of the village.
Typical elements can be found here:
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!
Next to it is an old machine used to press olives. Until recently, there were many oil mills around the village.
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.
as well as some very nicely decorated houses.
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!
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:
- 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 Axarquia.
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!
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
- Feria de Benagalbon, end of January and beginning of February
- Verdiales festival, in September
This festival of verdiales is a magnificent party that lasts until the end of the night!
The village organises an annual verdiales festival with a verdiales panda, 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?
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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:
Some useful links
Here is a great car rental agency in Andalusia and more specifically at Malaga airport : book a rental car.
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
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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