Casarabonela, a white village at the foot of the Sierra de las Nieves that offers spectacular views from its castle and its cactus garden.
Where is Casarabonela located
Casarabonela is located 45km from Malaga capital with a population of 2.502 inhabitants. The municipal term has a dimension of almost 113,72km square.
Origin of the name Casarabonela
The Romans called the town “Castra Vinaria” (Castle of Wine). Later during the Arab period the name of the town is “Qasr Bunayra“, which sounds phonetically similar to the current name.
Name of Casarabonela
The inhabitants are called “bonelense”.
Monuments and places of interest in Casarabonela
- Mora i Bravard Botanical Garden: Located 2 minutes before entering the village. A botanical garden of cacti and other succulents where the visitor can find more than 11,000 specimens of more than 2,200 species from all corners of the world. The garden has an area of 8000 square meters, there is a greenhouse where they preserve and cultivate endangered species. The garden in turn serves as a viewpoint over the town at the foot of the Sierra de las Nieves.
- Arab Castle of Casarabonela
- Church of Santiago Apóstol: Located in the highest part of the town is the church that was built over an old mosque in the 15th century. The temple was built in the Gothic style very close to the Muslim fortification of the town. It consists of 3 naves separated by semicircular arches on ten pillars. The main altar houses the image carved in the mid-18th century of the Virgen del Rosario, the patron saint of Casarabonela.
- Mill of the Mizos: It is an old mill open to the public, formerly used to obtain olive oil and flour. In the beginning the mill worked by animal traction and later by mechanical traction. It was operating as a flour mill until the seventies of the last century. Next to the mill there is a small collection of utensils and materials related to agricultural work in the field.
- Hermitage of Veracruz: Located on calle Veracruz. Built in the 18th century. The hermitage houses the image of the Virgen de la Pastora, popularly known as the “Virgen de los Rondeles”. The facade built of reddish brick is very original compared to the traditional hermitages of Malaga.
- Hermitage of Calvario: The chapel was built in the seventeenth century, it has a square plan and is a simple traditional Malaga architecture. Inside there is a small altar and a carved Christ along with other vocational objects.
- Buenavista Square
- The bridge
- The Chimney Tower
- Entrance arch of Fuente del Cristo: Also known as the Arco de la Fuente del Piojo, it has become one of the town’s emblems. The arch was built after the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) at one of the entrances to the town next to the Fuente del Cristo. The arch was built of red brick and bears the name of the town at the top.
- Museum of Sacred Art: Sample and exhibition of objects and religious art related to the parish of the town. During the events of the Spanish Civil War, two neighbors hid a large part of the treasure and archive to prevent its destruction. Shortly after the conflict, the objects returned to the parish and were stored. From the 70s they began to catalog and restore the pieces and documents. In 2000 the city council and the bishopric of Malaga decided to create and open a museum.
- Andalusí garden
- Casarabonela Fountains: Numerous fountains decorate the streets adding a great Malaga tradition to the white village.
Where to eat in Casarabonela
Venta de Carmen (Posada de Lorenzo): Located 5 minutes from the village at KM 16 of the MA-5401 road. The restaurant is a “Venta” where they prepare typical and regional homemade dishes. The interior is a rural setting with a fireplace and decorations, it has an outdoor terrace and parking on the premises. Several hiking trails depart from this place, therefore it is a good place to recharge your batteries.
La Tahona Bakery: Located on Calle Real. This bakery offers traditional bread, cakes and sweets. If you want to try typical and regional pasteries, don’t forget to visit this bakery.
Gastronomy of Casarabonela
El Pipeo: It is a typical dish with ingredients that are grown in the Sierra de las Nieves. It is a pot cooked with potatoes, lettuce, beans, peas, artichokes, onion, breadcrumbs that are fried in oil, salt, parsley and paprika. See recipe