Cútar is a nice village which, like most of the area of Axarquia, is of Arab origin, hence its white washed streets. This steep village lies on the slope of a hill and is divided into four main districts, the High, Low, the neighborhood of the source, and the district of Ermita. Going up a steep hill to the upper quarter, we found the Church of Our Lady of the Incarnation. Its construction dates back to the sixteenth century, and it has been built over the ruins of an old mosque. The church has undergone several restorations, the first in the eighteenth century and the second in the mid-twentieth. Its Moorish facade is divided into three naves. It has a rococo chapel with polychrome decoration. It is worth a stop for a visit, so you can rest your legs after climbing too many hills ..
In the northern municipality of Cútar, is the "Peña del Hierro", where you will still see remnants of one of the most important prehistoric settlements of the Axarquia. La Peña del Hierro was a magnificent natural fortress and as such was used by the inhabitants of the different eras as can be seen from the remains of the Neolithic and Bronze Age. It was in this last time when the village becomes stable territorial and economically covering a vast area of high Axarquia. This Peña is popular among climbing lovers.
La Molina is a small village or hamlet in the municipality of Cútar. It is located about 15 minutes drive from Benamargosa, on the road to the nearby village of Riogordo and half an hour from Torre del Mar, on the coast. La Molina is located in the river valley of the Cuevas with many surrounding plantations growing avocados, mangoes and citrus fruits. In Molina, one of the houses has a tower of stones that you can see in this photo. There is a famous story associated with it but there was nobody there to ask so I will have to find out next time I visit.
La Zubia is another small village belonging to the municipality of Cútar, in the region of Axarquia. It is located on the road leading from Benamargosa to Riogordo, a few meters after the junction that goes up to Comares. The road is paved and is quite good. La Zubia extends on both sides of the road to cross the bridge over the River Caves. It is a quiet area with cottages and farmhouses scattered among olive trees, vines and almond trees. There seem to be many foreign residents who have chosen this lovely village to retire. The distance to the coast is about 35 miles
Cútar, like other nearby villages, has been known to be a rich area of hydrolics, as evidenced by its numerous fountains and sources. South of town is a lovely square building where the Arabic font can be found. It is in perfect condition and is the only one of its kind in the area. According to documents of the sixteenth century, it was known as "Aina Alcaharia" meaning the source of the farmhouse. This symbol of water abundance has come to be used as one of the town's promotional slogans, such as "Fountain of Paradise".