Benalup-Casas Viejas

Benalup-Casas Viejas | Source: Texts: Patronato Provincial de Turismo. Photo: Destino Cádiz.

"Benalup Casas-Viejas is one of the gateways to the Alcornocales Natural Park and bridge between the Sierra de Cádiz and Barbate marshes. Its natural surroundings offer multiple leisure alternatives."

Inhabited since prehistoric times, as evidenced by the pictorial demonstrations and anthropomorphic tombs carved into the rocks of the Peñon del Tajo de las Figuras (the best collection of schematic painting of the prehistoric West) and the Arco and Cimera Caves, and from the Muslim period the Morita Tower is preserved.
Among its monuments is the Nuestra Señora del Socorro Church. But without a doubt, the episode that made this town famous in this locality was what was known as the Casas Viejas incident, the anarchist insurrection of 1933. The libertarian uprising was suppressed by police forces and left 22 civilians dead. Benalup became a freedom and an anarchist symbol and an emblem for the peasant movement.
The parks viewpoint (mirador) known as the Tajo de la Sima, is a perfect observation point for migratory birds. Around the Celemín Reservoir you can go hiking, play golf (Benalup Golf & Country Club), and collect field crops like strawberry’s or asparagus. It is interesting to walk along the river bed or on bike to the dried Laguna de la Janda a resting area for migratory birds.