Dated from the 13th century, this belfry is part of a Christian temple, which was originally an Arab prayer tower, and became the bell tower of the Church of Our Lady of the Conception. The minaret...
It is one of the largest castles in the province. Its location allows a wide view over La Axarquía and to the sea. During the revolt of Ibn Hafsun in Al-Andalus in the 9th century, the castle played...
The name Arenas comes from “El Arenal” (Sandy Spot) in reference to the deposits of sand and gravel which the river leaves behind as it passes the old farm house. Name of its inhabitants:...
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Arenas is a typical white village with narrow streets and with corners of Andalusian charm. The town extends along the foot of a ridge on which stands one of the most important Arab fortresses in the region. Its remains, as well as other vestiges of Al-Andalus, place Arenas on the Mudejar Trail of Axarquia county.
Not far from the town, in the parish of Daimalos, are some of the sights one must see in this municipality. One of them is a curious spring that will put your superstition to the test.
MUST-SEE SIGHTS IN ARENAS
MONUMENTS AND BUILDINGS
On top of the ridge that overlooks the town are the ruins of Bentomiz Castle. This was a fortress until the year 1487 and served as a refuge for Moriscos who rose up against persecution in the 16th century. Today, one can see the remains of eight-sided tower, a number of rooms and part of the outer walls. From the site of this former stronghold the panoramic views are breathtaking.
The 16th century parish church of Santa Catalina Mártir, XVI, is the outstanding monument in Arenas. It was built on the site of a former mosque of which the minaret is still preserved. This Mudejar style church was ravaged by fire in 1926, in which the renaissance altarpiece and hand-crafted roof were consumed. A costly renovation was required to restore it to its former state.
At the entrance to this town in the country of Axarquia, there is a ceramic mural by the artist Virgilio Gonzalez and an old oil mill. Oil is the essence of the local gastronomy.
In the parish of Daimalos, its 16th century well remains as a reminder of the Arab past of these lands. Also from the period of Muslim rule, the minaret functions as the bell tower for the Mudejar style Church of the Conception, which is listed as a Site of Cultural Importance.
Nearby is the spring known as the Perdida or Fuente del Amor, so-called because whoever drinks its water will find their partner. At least, that is what the legend says.
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