At just 6 kilometres from the coast, driving on the A-356 in the direction of Viñuela from Vélez-Málaga is the Hamlet of Trapiche ( pronounced Trapeechay) it is named after the Mill that was once there and the old machinery is now on display in a garden with the name TRAPICHE so you can´t miss it! Driving on the old road from Vélez you don´t have to turn off at all and can just park in the street and take a stroll down to the church and the old Apeadero or station house left over from the days of the railway. The old Church or Ermita de San Ysidro Labrador is currently being renovated and the inside was full of workmen when I took my photo! There is a monument, near the Apeadero, to Trapiche´s most famous son, the artist and poet Juan Jurado Lorca, born on 15th June 1950.

Other places of interest near Trapiche are the Leoni Benabu airport, or flying club and the Buddhist Stupa further up on the mountain overlooking Trapiche. The farmers market, run by ex pats, is held every Tuesday morning in the grounds of the flying club in the Jardines del Trapiche which was once an old cortijo, La Palma. Here you can buy most things from fruit and veg to second hand computers!

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