Castle of Bentomiz, Arenas (Unique Site)
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 a crucial role and continued to do so in the following centuries. The building comprises two broad areas, the citadel, which sits on the highest point in the northern side, and a larger enclosure for sheltering the population and livestock in the event of a threat.
Recommended month to visit it: May.
The urban landscape of Arenas is typical of Andalusia: narrow and steep streets, picturesque whitewashed houses – pure Andalusian heritage. It sits near to the sea, surrounded by coastal mountains such as the Bentomiz, of steep slopes and delightful views of the coast and the region of the Axarquía. This mount has the name of a castle that once had a great relevance as a military outpost. It formed and important defensive triangle with the castles of Comares and Zalia, due to the double enclosures and its irregular topography, although Bentomiz is different from the others in techniques and materials. There is a resemblance between the cistern in Bentomiz and the one found in the Alhambra in Granada, below the Palace of Charles V.
- Trait start: 406815 / 4074768
- Castle of Bentomiz: 406924 / 4073593
Arenas shares with Canillas de Aceituno, Sedella, and Salares a vast territory in the Sierras de Tejeda y Almijara Natural Park. Filled with pathways, gorges and streams, this is an excellent place for hiking, climbing and more.
Dry farming predominates here, especially olive groves, almond trees, and vineyards that produce such typical products like raisins and muscatel wine. Tropical fruit trees (avocado and mango) have also been introduced in the plentiful irrigated areas.