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Diputación > Lugar > Benaoján

Diputación de Málaga
Vista parcial, Benaoján

In Arabic layout and with steep and winding streets in the town centre, Benaojan is a municipality in the Serrania de Ronda located between the limestone massif of the Sierra de Líbar and the river Guadiaro.

Benaojan is an ideal destination for active tourism. Hiking, climbing or speleology in caves like the Cueva del Gato or the Cueva de la Pileta, are just a few examples of the diverse activities that can be enjoyed in this town.




The most important monument in Benaojan, also located underground, is the Cueva (cave) de la Pileta, just 4 km from the town centre. The cave contains archeological remains from the Paleolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Ages, and was declared a National Monument in 1924. In addition to the most important cave paintings of Andalusia, you will discover stunning stalactites and stalagmites in its rooms.

Another cave you can visit in Benaojan is the popular Cueva del Gato, also declared a National Monument. Located near the railway station, this cave is of significant scientific interest because of its complex underground river system.

Back in the village, the Nuestra Señora del Rosario church retains its original construction from the seventeenth century with a Gothic vault in the sanctuary. Finally, we recommend visiting the Torre del Moro, a tower erected by Muslims to monitor the busy passage of the Guadiaro valley, and to provide shelter in case of attack. Currently, only a few traces of it remain.

Geographic Data
Surface 32 km2
Altitude 573 m
Latitude 36º 43'
Length -5º 15'
Distance to Málaga City 116 km
City 1459
Men 742
Women 717
Nationality Benaojanos
Town Hall
Escudo de BenaojánPlaza San Marcos, s/n, 29370 
Links of interest
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    The Torre del Moro is one of the most emblematic monuments of Benaoján. It was built by the Muslims to control the important passage of the Guadiaro Valley, as well as to serve as a refuge in case...


    This church building dates back to the 17th century although it has undergone several reforms. The original construction has a gothic vault that covers the presbytery and the rest of the ceiling is...

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    Canoeing is a water sport which is practised with a lightweight boat, like rafts, canoes, kayaks… As many other sports, other sub-varieties are classed according to water conditions and required...


    Although exploring wild cave systems started as a scientific study in a cross-disciplinary field combining the knowledge of geology, zoology, botany and archaeology, it soon became popular as a...

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    The first traces of human settlements in Benaojan date back to the Prehistoric Era, which can be evidenced by the cave paintings found in the “Cueva de la Pileta” or in the “Cueva del Hundidero” or...



Gran Senda de Málaga Stage 25 Estación de Benaoján Jimera de Líbar (Camino Shell)