Explore Benaojan: Must-See Places

Benaojan, an archaeological treasure in the heart of Andalusia, offers a variety of points of interest that capture its rich history and natural beauty. Here are some places you must visit:

Nature in BenaojánCueva de la Pileta

Discovered in 1905, the Cueva de la Pileta is a living testimony of the region's prehistoric past. Inside, remains of pottery and a necklace with a Venus represented have been found. But what really stands out are the Upper Paleolithic cave paintings and the representations of animals, which give us a unique insight into the life of our ancestors. The cave is open to the public every day from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 18:00, and its visit is highly recommended.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/SQeJWp74MAbQNie96

Cueva del Gato

Located between Montejaque and Benaojan, in the Natural Park of Grazalema, the Cueva del Gato is another of the region's natural treasures. Known for its impressive entrance in the shape of a cat's face, this cave is a paradise for speleology lovers and offers an unforgettable experience.

In addition to these natural wonders, Benaojan has several hiking routes that will allow you to explore the beauty of the Sierra de Libar and the Guadiaro river. One of the most popular routes is the one that goes from Benaojan to Jimena de Libar, which offers impressive panoramic views. Another option is the route that will take you to the Cueva del Gato, a tour that will allow you to discover the rich flora and fauna of the region.

Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/DMPkJzT1L8Mdj3pm7

Other Interesting Places

Culture

Benaojan is a place very rich in culture, with a history that extends in time has left legends that are passed down from generation to generation, like the legend of the cave of Benaojan that we tell below:

There is a legend told from parents to children for many years where it is told about a mysterious cave that begins somewhere under the town square and penetrates under the mountain connecting with the ancient ruins of the Arab castle. The myth contains infinite details that remain intact over time among the inhabitants of Benaojan.

It is said that this cave had a high strategic value a long time ago, and that the inhabitants of the town had taken refuge within its walls to protect themselves from the attack of enemy troops. It is also spoken of a great treasure hidden among its rock walls before the access to the cave was hidden forever.

Many have searched for the cave and even some have said to have discovered it...but no one ever remembers the place. They say that within its large corridors the echoes of the town square are heard, large galleries are described where one could get lost walking.

If this cave has ever existed we will not know...even if it had been discovered with its treasures, it is more than likely that the secret would be kept silent.

Gastronomy of Benaoján

Benaoján is known for its tradition in the production of sausages and pork products. The loin in lard and the chorizos in wine stand out. Another typical dish of the municipality is the hot gazpacho and the garlic rabbit. Dried fruits, mainly almonds, are also part of the local cuisine.

Recommended local dishes

  • Loin in lard
  • Chorizos in wine
  • Hot gazpacho
  • Garlic rabbit

Events in Benaoján

Benaoján, a charming village in the Serranía de Ronda, celebrates several local festivals and events throughout the year. Here are some of them:

  • San Marcos Fair: It is celebrated around April 25th. He is the Patron of Benaoján and is represented with a lion. The organization of these festivities is in charge of six stewards.
  • Rosario Fair: The festivities in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary are celebrated around October 7th, she is the patroness of Benaoján.
  • Train Festival: It is celebrated at the end of July or the beginning of August, it takes place at the Benaoján station. This party has become very popular both locally and regionally.
  • Chacina Festival: This Festival is known due to its traditional industrial sector of transformation of meat products. It is celebrated during a weekend in December.

The exact dates of these festivals may vary from one year to another, so I would recommend that you consult the local event calendar to get the most updated information.

Please note that the dates of some of the festivities may vary each year.

How to Get to Benaoján

To get to Benaoján, located in the beautiful Sierra de Líbar, you have two main options. You can opt for the fastest route from Marbella, which will take you directly to the heart of this charming municipality. Alternatively, you can choose the scenic route that crosses the county roads of Pizarra, Ardales, Arriate and Ronda. This last option is especially recommended if you enjoy natural landscapes and the rural beauty of the interior of the province.

If you are an adventurer and you like to discover new places at your own pace, we recommend you rent a car in Malaga. This will allow you to explore the region at your leisure and discover all the charms that Benaoján and its surroundings have to offer.

In the map that you will find below, you will be able to see the route that crosses different white villages of the province. Each of these villages has its own charm and offers you a unique vision of the culture and history of Andalusia.

Please note that road conditions and traffic can vary, so we recommend that you check the route before your trip. Enjoy your trip to Benaoján!

Tourist Information about Benaoján

Town Hall Address: Plaza San Marcos, s/n - 29370

Phone: 952 16 70 46

Official website: Benaoján Town Hall

Town Hall's Facebook page: Benaoján Town Hall Facebook



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