Benamocarra, a white village overlooking the valley of the Velez river surrounded by a landscape of almond and olive trees.
Where is Benamocarra located
Benamocarra is located 35km from Malaga capital with a population of 3.011 inhabitants. The municipal term has a dimension of almost 6km square.
Origin of the name Benamocarra
The name Benamocarra comes from the Arabic where “Ben-” means “son” and Mocarra is a name, therefore “Son of Mocarra“.
Denonym of the people of Benamocarra
The inhabitants are called “benamocarreño or benamocarreña”. Or also “mocarreño or mocarreña“.
Monuments and places of interest in Benamocarra
- Church of Santa Ana: Located in Plaza Eduardo Ocón. The temple was built around the year 1505, consisting of three naves with a Mudejar-style armor that covers the roof. Of the bell tower we can highlight its rectangular base that underwent various reforms in 1949 that changed its original appearance.
- House-Mill de Concha Collantes: It is a mill from the end of the 18th century that was in operation until 1964. Inside you can see the old tools and furniture of the mill. It has become a veritable museum that is open to the public on designated days.
- Fountain de los caños: It is a fountain made up of three pipes built by brick and concrete. The water from this source has been used for centuries for human consumption and as a trough for beasts. Behind the brick structure is an old Arab bath that was used to perform the bathing ritual before praying.
- Hermitage of San Isidro Labrador: Located in the San Isidro Labrador neighborhood, built in the seventies. A modern hermitage with little decoration on the outside. It was built by the residents themselves, Francisco Cañete Fernández being parish priest whose name appears on a plaque located on the façade. Inside it houses the image of San Isidro. The facilities are used to celebrate masses or social events.
- Monument of Eduardo Ocón: Eduardo Ocón y Rivas (1833-1901), great composer and pianist from Benamocarra. Coming from a humble family, he began his musical career in the Cathedral of Malaga, with great interest and motivation for music he created a music school, to finally become the first director of the Malaga Conservatory and thus become one of the most important Spanish composers of the 19th century.
- Santa Marta Chapel
- Plaza de la música: Located on Calle Zarzuela. In this square, the day of music is celebrated annually in September. In this square, the musicians of the area are honored, specifically Eduardo Ocón y Rivas, of whom we will find a bust in the square. During the music day there will be tributes, awards, performances by the municipal music band and local dance groups, etc.
For more information about Benamocarra Village: visit the City Council page