Arenas is a Morisco village in La Axarquía located at the foot of the Cerro de Bentomiz hill. From the top, crowned by the castle ruins, you can take in the stunning surrounding landscape. Watched over by the Sierra de Tejeda and Almijara mountains , the village’s surroundings provide an ideal place for hiking and other outdoor activities. The village itself is nestled between hills covered with almond trees, olive groves, vines and pine trees. The church of Santa Catalina Mártir, the minaret of the former mosque and the Arabic fountain of Daimalos are ‘must see’ stops on this itinerary. Arenas is also part of the Mudejar Route around La Axarquía, awarded a Regional Tourism Award in Andalusia.
To the south of the village you’ll find Bentomiz Castle. It was a fortress until 1487 and a shelter for the Morisco rebels who had taken part in the uprising in the 16th Century. Several chambers remain today, along with the remains of an eight-sided tower and part of the exterior walls with their battlements. Built before the arrival of the Arabs, during the period of Muslim rule it became a magnificent citadel. Owing to its location, this spot offers .outstanding panoramic views of the surrounding landscape
The most prominent monument in Arenas is the Parish church of Santa Catalina Mártir . It was built in the Mudejar style in the 16th Century on the site of a former mosque, from which the minaret still remains. A fire devastated the church in 1926, and it underwent costly renovation work. Following this work, the square tower was left with only two sections instead of its former three.
By the entrance to Arenas, you will find an old oil mill and a ceramic mural by the artist Virgilio González. Just a few kilometres from the village is the hamlet of Daimalos. An Arabic fountain from the 12th Century evokes its Morisco past. From that same period is the minaret that is now the bell tower to a Mudejar church. In Daimalos you will also find the Perdida fountain, also known as the “fountain of love”. According to legend, singletons who drink of its waters will find love.
Through the municipality of Arenas there are many very interesting hiking routes. Two of them lead to the tops of the Cerro Alto and Bentomiz hills. Through these itineraries, which are not excessively difficult, you can take in the area’s beautiful natural landscapes. Another longer route links Arenas to El Jaral. It is around five kilometres long and takes you through the surrounding countryside, La Maroma , the remains of Bentomiz Castle and the ruins of various civil buildings and country estates.
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