Daimalos best things to see and do
A village where time has stood still
Discover Daimalos, a charming hamlet in Axarquia
In this article you will find the essential information to visit Daimalos
- A few words about Daimalos
- The history of the village
- Visiting Daimalos, what to see?
- Idea for a guided tour in Axarquia
- Almond trees in bloom
- What to do around Daimalos, activities?
- Where is Daimalos?
- Book an accommodation in Arenas -Daimalos-
- Some useful links
- Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga
A few words about Daimalos
Daimalos is located in the municipality of Arenas in Axarquia in the province of Málaga. It is one of the most beautiful and authentic hamlets in the region.
Daimalos has an important Arab past, from the period of Al Andalus, like many villages in Axarquia.
The history of the village
The origin of the village seems to be an old Arab farmhouse (alquería) called Daymús or Daimuz.
What to see when visiting Daimalos
One of the oldest minarets in Spain
This minaret (alminar) dates from the Merinid period (the Spanish name for a Moroccan Berber tribe, the Banu Marin), in the 13th century. It is very narrow, at the time only one person, the muezzin, could enter the minaret.
Walking around the church you will soon find traces of the old mosque on the walls of the church.
The church of Daimalos
Streets and alleys of the hamlet
and it allows you to enjoy the colours of the flowers, the white walls and the blue sky
An Arabic fountain with exquisite virtues
In the village there is a fountain. It dates from the period of Al-Andalus and is called the Fountain of Love.
Legend has it that it has incredible virtues for the person who drinks its water: he or she will find love or have a child within a year.
The balates – dry stone walls –
If you take the road from Velez-Malaga to La Corumbela, passing through Daimalos and Arenas, you will have the pleasure of seeing the terraced crops with dry stone walls (los balates).
They have been recognised for 4 years by UNESCO as intangible heritage of humanity.
In this link you can discover the terraced crops around the village with the stone walls.
The best time to visit the hamlet is probably at the beginning of the year to see the fields of almond trees in bloom. A spectacle of nature.
Ideas for guided tours in Axarquia
The almond fields in blossom (flowering in January and February)
The route of the almond blossom fields starts from Torre del Mar, Torrox, Nerja.
This day is dedicated to visiting the almond fields, passing through Arenas. It is also an opportunity to discover all the secrets of Daimalos!
This guided tour is conducted by a local guide, Cipriano.
Discover the day tour, only possible in January and February, in this link:
Details and online booking of : The Almond blossom Tour from Nerja.
Route of the white almohad villages (often called mudéjar)
The guide also starts the tour from Torre del Mar, Torrox, Nerja.
The guide proposes throughout the year to visit the most authentic white villages in the area : The Almohad White Villages Tour.
The themes of the tours are: Frigiliana Tour, the wine route, the raisin route, ….
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.
Here you can find all the guided tours in Axarquia from Torrox, Nerja and Torre del Mar.
What to do around Daimalos, activities?
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 (rio Chillar, 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. This link provides you with all the details of each activity.
Where is Daimalos?
Book accommodation in Arenas – 5km from Daimalos
Some useful links
Here is a very useful link for your travels: book a rental car from your place of stay.
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 the beautiful Antequera, with the incredible natural site of El Torcal right next door
Experiences to discover in the province of Málaga
Find more ideas for visits to authentic Andalusia: see the blog pages on Andalucia.
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