Gastronomy of Benajarafe
Veleña cuisine is rich in flavours of Phoenician and Arabic origin and is particularly based on wine and oil.
The cuisine of Velena is very rich in flavours of Phoenician and Arabic origin and relies especially on wine and oil.
Among the typical dishes stand out:
- Pumpkin stew
- Gachas (porridge)
- The cabbage
- The “ropa vieja” (old clothes) is a variety of cabbage (potatoes, green beans, chickpeas, pumpkin, eggplant and meat, to which some add bacon and pork snouts)
- Cabbage Stew
- The Crumbs
- Cod cakes with honey
- Maimones (with fried garlic and bread soaked in water and sprinkled with sugar when served, there is a variant that adds onion, pepper and tomato)
- The cachorreñas
- The roasted sweet potatoes
- Fish frying
Cold dishes like:
- The gazpacho
- The ajoblanco
- El ajobacalao (which is prepared especially during Holy Week)
- El Chambao (prepared with cucumber, onion and tomato with oil, vinegar and salt)
- The wine doughnuts
- The Mostachones
- The oil cakes of Velez
Monuments of Benajarafe
Moya Tower of Benajarafe
During the 17th and 18th centuries, life in the area of La Axarquía -which today seems idyllic to us- was anything but easy. Epidemics and wars were the greatest threats facing the population.
In those years the disease was fought with rudimentary medicine and, above all, with prayer. For wars, however, there were more resources than there are still solid memories: the watchtowers.
And for example of those forts that defended Malaga’s coastline from Turks and Berbers: the Torre-Moya or Torre Gorda de Benajarafe.
Today it serves as a picturesque setting for the peaceful life of the residents and visitors of this hamlet of Vélez-Málaga, famous for its 2 kilometres of beach.
But in the middle of the 18th century, it was a very important information gathering point for the General Captaincy of the Coast.
It is still imposing to see its robust silhouette on a promontory that rises 15 metres above the sea, although the only thing that can be seen today from its highest point are the fishing and sports boats that cross the waters of the Alborán sea.