IT is only a short two-kilometre walk from Macharaviaya to Benaque, the birth of one of Andalucia’s poets.

A lovely walk, known as the Ruta de Salvador Rueda, the hamlet’s most famous son was born there on December 3 1857.

If you have never heard of Rueda, a visit to Benaque will quickly put that right – for  the school and bar are also both named after him. Then there is his house where he was born, bearing a plaque, not to mention a bust of him outside.

The enormous church Virgen del Rosario dominates the village, a brick building so huge that the only place to photograph it is two kilometres away.

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