Arenas, high place of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada, in Axarquia Costa del Sol
Arenas takes its name from the sand (the arena) deposited by the seco river in its surroundings. It is a village of Arab origin.
Close to the village, there are the ruins of the Bentomiz fortress. This fortress was one of the centerpieces of the Nasrid kingdom of Granada .
The village was built at the bottom of the fortress. It should be noted for the courageous who will go to the fortress that they will be rewarded. In addition to seeing the ruins, they will have a magnificent panorama on Mediterranean Sea and all its surroundings.
The location of this fortress was originally populated by Iberians, then by Phoenicians and then by Greeks. It then became a stronghold of the Carthaginians before becoming an Arab fortress.
Arenas del rey
The village was known as Arenas del rey. It is in this village, in fact, that Ferdinand the Catholic, settled to prepare for the conquest of Velez-Malaga in 1487. Today, a village in the province of Granada bears this name.
Arenas: Olives, almonds, grapes and chameleon
All around Arenas there are fields of almond trees , olive trees and vines, as for centuries. With luck, you will even come across a chameleon. Arenas claims the capital of chameleon in Axarquia.
These dry stone walling were recognized as intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO in 2017. It is an opportunity to realize that the fields, on the mountainside, are cultivated as centuries ago. The only tools are human hands and the mules and donkeys that accompany them, in particular to carry the grapes during the harvest.
It is a type of sustainable culture, which protects soils from erosion, perpetuates traditions, and maintain social life around the products.
The almond blossom fields
A local guide offers to discover the fantastic almond blossom fields in terrace and the beautiful hamlet of Daimalos.
This tour is very rich and offers a spectacle of nature. But beware, this visit is only possible 2 months a year in January and February.
The guide will pick you up from the coast in Torre del Mar, Torrox or Nerja and drop you off after the visit at your place.
In this link find all details : The almond blossom tour
What to do in Arenas ?
- La feria de la mula, mid-October
- San Sebastian Feria, mid-August
In this link: find the 50 activities and experiences around Arenas
Below you will find some examples of activities to do during your stay. Just click on one of the activities shown in the photo to find out more:
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