Cutar best things to see and do
The paradise fountain
Visit Cutar, next to Comares en Axarquia, in the province of Málaga
In this article you will find the essential information to visit Cutar :
- A few words about Cutar
- The origins of the village
- Visiting Cutar, what to see?
- What to do in Cutar?
- idea for a guided tour
- the festivities
- Where is Cutar?
- Book accommodation
- Some useful links
- Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga
- Discover the village of Salto del Negro
A few words about Cutar
The landscape around this village, surrounded by mountains, is very beautiful to see.
This village in Al-Andalus times had the nickname of Fountain of Paradise with its 12 springs.
The origin of the name Cutar
The name of the village is of Arabic origin and dates back to the 10th century. At that time there was a hamlet called “Hins Acut”, which in Arabic means “Sharp Castle”. This name refers to a fortress that no longer exists today.
Cutar, a village of monfis (Morisco rebels and bandits)
By way of introduction, Andalusia has been known for its bandits for thousands of years. Each village, according to the times, has sheltered bandits. Cicero, more than 2000 years ago, already spoke about them in his correspondence. We also have writings from the period of the Caliphate of Cordoba that bear witness to this.
Cutar is known to have been a village of monfis, Morisco bandits in the 16th century. Moriscos is the name given to Muslim converts who remained after the reconquest. A certain number of Muslims preferred to continue living in hiding: the monfis.
What to see in Cutar?
The Arab fountain
It is located at the entrance to the village and is the only one in the province of Málaga that has retained its original appearance (see photo below).
The Monfi Museum in Cutar
The village has opened the Monfi Museum to tell the story of this period in the village.
In this museum there is the so-called ” Quran of Cutar “, dated between the 13th and 15th centuries. It is a small treasure from the Al-Andalus period, even older than the Monfi period.
The word monfi comes from the Arabic language: munfi (منفي ) which literally means outcast.
This museum is located in Calle Tinteros.
The church of the Virgen de la Encarnacion
The bell tower of the church is in fact the former minaret of the village mosque.
The church now houses the patron saint of the village, San Roque, as well as Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles.
From Cutar you can see the famous hilltop village of Comares.
Around the village you can see many vineyards.
As well as paseros to dry the grapes. An ancestral culture to discover!
Taste the local culinary speciality
The speciality of the village is the puchero. It looks like a stew with chickpeas and chorizo.
What to do in Cutar?
In the surroundings, it is possible to find very nice activities:
- horse riding, on the beach or in the mountains
- diving in Nerja and Torrox
- guided tours (villages of Axarquia, Cordoba, Alhambra,…)
- via ferrata (Caminito del Rey,…)
- hiking (El Saltillo with the hanging bridge,…)
- canyoning (in the rio Verde,…)
- visit of caves
Use the following link to access all the activities to do. during your holidays. This link provides you with all the details of each activity.
Ideas for guided tours of the area
A very good local guide, Cipriano, offers thematic and seasonal guided tours of the villages of Axarquia.
For example, Cipriano organises the visit of the Ruta de la Pasa (Raisin Route) from Nerja, Torrox and Torre del Mar. This visit is only possible 2 months of the year, in September and October. This raisin route is absolutely unique. A must-see!
The guided tours are always done in small groups (2 to 8 people max.) to discover the authentic Axarquia.
In the following link you will find all the details and prices of the tours he offers.
The themes of the tours are: the white villages of Axarquia, the wine route, the olive oil route, ….
Here are all the guided tours from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.
The Fiesta del Monfi is a beautiful festival. The villagers dress in period costume to commemorate the historical past of the village.
- Fiesta del Monfí, in October
- Fiesta de San Roque, in August
Worth seeing: the corridas de cintas (ribbon races). These races take place during the Fiesta de San Roque in August. They can be done on horseback, bicycle or motorbike depending on the village. A must-see!
Where is Cutar?
Book an accommodation
Indicate the desired dates to know the availability.
Some useful links
Here is a great car rental agency in Andalusia and more specifically at Malaga airport : book a rental car.
If you are in Andalucia as part of a tour with several major cities to visit, here are some links that may be of interest:
- Discover must-sees before visiting Cordoba
- Visit Malaga on foot.
- All you need to know about Granada, the Alhambra, the Albaicin neighbourhood before visiting Granada
- If you are passing through the geographical centre of Andalusia, then you can visit Antequera, with the incredible natural site of El Torcal right next door.
Experiences to discover in the province of Malaga
If you’re in the area for a few days, here’s a selection of great things to do:
Find more ideas for visits to authentic Andalucia: see the blog pages on Andalucia.
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Discover the village of Salto del Negro
This village is attached to the municipality of Cutar.
This is a small village, a little lost, set at the bottom of several mountains. There are two Salto del Negro in Spain. The other village is in the Canary Islands.
This village confirms that Axarquia is truly a land of legends and…legends.
There are many legends surrounding the origin of the name of this village.
Here they are accompanied by photos of the village, which is known for its fruit production and its bakery:
- during the reconquest of Comares, a village located on the top of a mountain, perched on cliffs, it is said that Ferdinand’s troops pushed the Moors to the edge of the cliff until they fell and ended up at the place that bears this name.
- Long after the reconquest, a law was passed forcing the Christianisation of the Muslims. The latter, in Comares, would have preferred to jump off the cliff rather than convert.
- It is said that the lord of Canillas de Aceituno owned slaves of Moorish origin, one of whom had very dark skin. The latter escaped and jumped into a ravine to escape his pursuers. The Salto del Negro would have been called the Tajo (ravine) del Negro previously.
- There would have been a time when it was customary to have black slaves since they were close to Africa. As for the previous legend, one of these slaves would have run away and unintentionally fell into a ravine near the village.
… I think that if we ask more people, we will find other legends to explain the name of this place….
The historical version (although it is not certain): a man of Moorish origin called Pedro Moreno, known as El Negro, owned the land where the present village is located. It was customary to give the name or nickname of the owner of the place.
The bakery in Salto del Negro: Panaderia Beatriz
This bakery uses an oven that works only with wood fire
Pastries like tortas are to be discovered. In my opinion, there is no more authentic and ancient recipe in the region. A little delight!
The best time to visit the village is probably in March and April when the citrus fruits are in bloom. When there is a bit of wind, there is a scent of azahar flowers in the streets of the village. It’s a pleasure.
Finally, as you leave the village in the direction of Benamargosa, you can see the old San Rafael flour mill, which was once a mill used to produce olive oil, and was itself an old sugar cane factory. The chimney from this period can still be seen.