Benizalon is the first village you come to when you come up the long windy road that clings to the side of the mountains of the Sierra de Los Filabres and its welcome sight is enough to make you feel that the climb was worth it. Sitting at the top of the mountains at an altitude of 936 metres above sea level you often get the chance to see panoramic views over a vast area stretching from Tabernas to Sorbas and even getting to Mojacar in certain points. From the peaks of Picachon, Monteagud and Magregorio you can see La Sierra de Gádor, La Sierra de Almagrera, La Sierra de Alhamilla and La Sierra deSegura and Los Vélez.
On the edge of the drop down the mountain is a pinic area where there are barbeques, tables and benches for you to use. Near the village itself are the ruins of an old Moorish village called Benimina. Where there are the remains of 30 or more houses in a walled area dominated by a stately house and a cemetery. Further down the valley are the remnants of a Moorish fortress.
The church at the entrance of the main square is the church of La Virgen de Las Angustias which was built on top of the old moorish mosque in the 16th century, even the tower was built on the site of the old minorette tower built in 1886. It houses old original images, the oldest being of Christ but it also has ones of La Vrigen de las Angustias, Jesús Nazareno and la Virgen de la Soledad.
With a population of 288 people it is a little more lively than the other villages and then twice a year the population explodes with the arrival of the Festivites of the Virgen de la Cabeza de Monteagud. According to local legend, the virgin appeared on top of a nearby oaktree. Later the sanctuary was built on the site of Moorish hermitage called Montahur.
The first is held on the last Sunday of April, when there is procession with the virgin as she passed down from the Cerro de Monteagud to her place in the church of La Virgen de las Angustias. This is very much a local fiesta with the locals celebrating in the square or having a barbeque up around the Sanctuary. People come from all around the area in what is very much a social event where they share what they have with friends circulating around.
On the Second weekend of September it is a much larger event, as many as 30,000 people can take the pilgrimage up the mountain in 48hours to pay their respects or ask favours of the virgin. With so many people candles are not lit and left to burn, they are lit and thrown into a huge bonfire the light and smoke of which can be seen for miles around.
The village is 60 kilometres from the city of Almeria and with the winding road that will take about45 minutes to get there. Within the municipal area are the hamlets of Fuente la Higuera, and Los Medinas both of which are at the bottom of the mountain near Uleila del Campo. Other areas include Rambla de los Pajares, Balsa del Monje, Los Cristos, El Huerto de la Virgen, Cerro de Camarilla, Las Dos Puertas, La Parrica and Rambla de Marín.
There are other fiestas, the first of which are in January, "La Danza de los Pastores", the dance of the shepherds is on the 6th of January the day of the 3 Kings, and on the 16th, the bonfires of San Antón, more bonfires are lit for the celebrations of San Juan on the summer solstice.
On the second weekend of August, for the Virgen de las Angustias, there is "El día de Las Mozas" or the day of the lasses, when the women take over the village, games, concerts and cooking competitions are organized and there is a giant paella for those who take part.