Following the route of the villages of the Axarquia, we approached the village of Arenas (located 10 Km, Velez Malaga) and from there, we took a dirt track to climb up the remainder of Bentomiz Castle, located on the Mount bearing the same name. Bentomiz Castle was built in the Muslim era, and has been recollected in the memories of Abd Allah, Moorish king of Granada XI century. By then Bentomiz was the main administrative district in the time of the Moorish Kingdom of Granada, so in that period (XIII-XV centuries), this mountainous region became rich from its production of silk and grapes, also raisins. Bentomiz, was conquered (as were almost all the other peoples of the region) by the Catholic Monarchs in 1487. The conquest was apparently non-violent since the inhabitants surrendered peacefully, and because of this, they left an interesting archaeological record. Although little remains of the Castle, make the journey and ascent of Mount since its height allows the individual to enjoy a breathtaking view of the coast and the town of Arenas.
Daimalos is a small town of less than 100 inhabitants in the municipality of Arenas. The origin of its name, probably corresponded to the word Daimuz, which means farmhouse in Arabic. After the expulsion of the Moors in the Battle of Frigiliana in the year 1569, the small town was almost deserted, as the Old Christians arrived from other parts of the kingdom. In the nineteenth century, it was said that Daimalos had about 61 houses, 1 school (sparsely attended) and 1 fountain. Today, little has changed in the town, almost the same houses and the church are still representative of this pretty whitewashed village.
The Axarquía village of Arenas is in the Ruta Mudejar and only 10 km from Velez Malaga. Its most representative monument is its church, dedicated to St. Catherine Martyr and also within walking distance of the village of Castillo de Bentomiz. You can find it after passing through the narrow, winding streets, reaching a small square, where you will find a small building. It was erected on the old mosque, dating from the sixteenth century and is in a Mudejar style. In 1926, a fire nearly destroyed it and it was partially rebuilt. On the altarpiece you can see the image of crucified Christ. On the left is the Immaculate Virgin and the image of the town's patron saint, Santa Catalina Martir. There are two processions in the village - one at Easter.
In the Mudejar Route of the region of Axarquia, you will come across Daimalos, a small hamlet of the town of Arenas. We climbed the narrow white streets up to the Church of Our Lady of the Conception, of Moorish construction. It is one of the oldest in Spain, constructed in the XIII century, so it is much older than the minarets of Árchez and Corumbela. The Church of Santa Catalina has been famous for many years because of the ritual of leaving a candle burning when celebrating a christening. The interior of the minaret is very narrow. It was declared a place of Cultural Interest in 2004.
The almond trees are already in bloom, white and lilac stain the hillsides, the king can see them from above. He clings to the battlements of the Bentomiz fortress, waiting for the Christian hosts, with whom he has signed a pact. The king hears the echo of the muezzin calling to prayer from the minaret of Daimalos and from Arenas. The almond trees are in bloom and some of these flowers are raised outdoors in the breeze. The king looks at the sea and sees the dim outline of Africa, thinking of that route they took to reach these lands, and of his ancestors, he gazes into the horizon. This fortress, was first Iberian, then taken over by the Phoenicians, followed by the Greeks and then the Romans, and is now under Arab control. In the near future one can scan the Axarquia, fertile land of lemons, oranges, grapes, almonds ... The king considers this and looks again to Daimalos and Arenas. He sighs and retires to his chambers. Your time has passed. Http :/ / bit.Ly/cUiQ97