Benamocarra

Well connected with the rest of the towns of La Axarquía, Benamocarra has a population of 3.000 inhabitants and amongst its most famous sons is Eduardo Ocón, one of the great masters of Spanish music. Its appearance is the same as that of the other towns in the administrative district, in which there is an abundance of whitewashed facades and narrow and steep alleys.

One of the towns most popular legend is related to its Patron Saint, “El Cristo de la Salud”, and as legend has it, saved the inhabitants from a cholera epidemic which spread throughout the area but never surpassed the town’s threshold. At present, its statue is found in the Chapel of “El Santo Chiquito”.

The main architectural reference is the Parish Church of Santa Ana, hailing from the Sixteenth Century, and amongst its main festivities is the one that takes place on the third weekend in October, in honour of “El Santísimo Cristo de la Salud”. Furthermore, it is worth noting “La Romería de San Isidro”, celebrated on the 15th May, and the Feast of La Candelaria, on the 7th and 8th of September.

Those wishing to know its gastronomy, have to taste “Las Coles Moreá”, apart from the chickpea stews with haricot beans and Swiss chard, the cold garlic and almond soup, “la sopa de maimones” and the cold vegetable soup fried with flour and vinegar.

Amongst its most noteworthy confectionery are its doughnuts made form cold vegetable soup fried with flour and vinegar.