Macharaviaya, a village in the Axarquia linked to the history of the United States through the spirit of the Gálvez family.
Where is Macharaviaya located
Macharaviaya is located 28km from Malaga capital with a population of 480 inhabitants. The municipal term has a dimension of almost 7,24Km square.
The origin of the name Macharaviaya
The name of the town comes from Arabic origin since it was a “mashar” a farmhouse, “Machar Ibn Yahya“, therefore the Farmhouse of Ibn Yahya.
Demonym of the people of Macharaviaya
The inhabitants are called “macharatungo or macharatunga”.
Monuments and places of interest in Macharaviaya
- Church of San Jacinto
- Crypt and mausoleum of the Gálvez family: the crypt is accessible from the cemetery. Built under the Church of San Jacinto in 1785 by the Gálvez family to bury the family’s deceased. Originating in Cordoba, the Gálvezes were an illustrious family that drove the village’s growth in the 15th century. In the eighteenth century, the family played an important role in the crown of Spain, contributing five statesmen who performed great tasks in the service of the crown.
- Museum of the Gálvez
- 18th century temple at the entrance of the city
- Birthplace of the poet Salvador Rueda (In Benaque)
- Fountain del Horno
- Old playcard factory