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Arenas is on the Mudéjar route. It is situated east of Vélez-Málaga at 416 metres, under the ruins of the Moorish Bentomiz Fortress whose origin goes back to the Iberian era. It was occupied and modified by the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans and is considered one of the three most important Muslim bastions in the Axarquía along with the castles of Comares and Zalia. Today you can still find some dungeons, wall fragments and towers.

In 1487 King Ferdinand the Catholic set up camp here to prepare for the siege and subsequent conquest of Vélez-Málaga and the town became know as Arenas del Rey (Arenas of the King)

As you drive from Vélez-Málaga along the winding road the terrain is notably less rugged than in other parts of the region with gentle hills full of almonds, olives and vines and of course new white villas built by foreigners who have made this area their home. As you round the last bend there is now brand new gym equipment on the left hand side, to encourage the villagers to keep fit. At the entrance to the village the town hall stands proudly in front of you like a gateway, its flags fluttering in the breeze and as you round the corner you can park outside the bar on the left and sample its delightful cuisine, the menu del dia being particularly good! Walking up from the road there is a colourful plaque with pictures of Arena´s most popular event, the Mule Fair which takes place in mid October and celebrates the animals virtues with branding and herding exhibitions as well as races, verdiales, food sampling and much more. From here flights of steps to the left and right lead to little squares with walls full of flowers and colourful pots. There are three distinct areas to the village, Barrio Alto where Blacksmiths, craftsmen and ceramists live, Barrio Bajo the more humble area and finally the Urban Centre with the 12th century church-mosque of Santa Catalina which was burnt to a cinder on the night of November 13th 1926 when a candle was left burning after a christening ceremony. The only part of the church that survived was the minaret but even that had to have a part removed because of the danger of it collapsing. The reconstruction took 4 years from 1941 to 1944 and the church celebrated its 500th anniversary in 2005.

When walking through the village make sure to wear sensible shoes as its easy to slip on the steep concrete slopes, carry a bottle of water to quench the thirst you will build up as you get lost in its maze of streets and a camera to capture the secrets that each new twist and turn reveals.

Properties for sale in Arenas, Spain

Found: 17 Properties

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Detached Villa : Arenas

675,000 €

A beautiful, luxurious and qualitatively built villa with sea view, located 25 minutes´ drive from the beach. This villa was built by the owner himself

  • Reference: 773218
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Built size: 246 m²
  • Plot size: 4750 m²
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Detached Villa : Arenas

675,000 €

This exceptional beautiful villa is located in Arenas. Only the highest quality materials have been used to build this villa, with a total built size of

  • Reference: 783888
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Built size: 246 m²
  • Plot size: 4750 m²
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Detached Villa : Arenas

549,000 €

Substancial country residence. Six bedrooms, four bathrooms. Large sunny terraces with panoramic sea and countryside views. Generous pool, garage, orchard

  • Reference: 623675
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Built size: 286 m²
  • Plot size: 8291 m²
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Detached Villa : Arenas

495,000 €

This wonderful luxury villa with panoramic landscape to the sea is built to the highest of standards. There is an opportunity to develope the land attached

  • Reference: 501138
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Built size: 180 m²
  • Plot size: 5373 m²
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Detached Villa : Arenas

448,000 €

This beautiful villa with fantastic sea views is situated on a south-facing mountainside, just 20 minutes' drive from the coast. The house was built entirely

  • Reference: 783701
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Built size: 314 m²
  • Plot size: 5145 m²
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Country Home : Arenas

399,000 €

This well finished villa from 2006 offers truly breathtaking sea and mountain views.The spacious home has 4 bedrooms each with a private bathroom and also

  • Reference: 683401
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Built size: 165 m²
  • Plot size: 2500 m²
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Country Home : Arenas

349,000 €

High quality country house, Arenas border, 270 m2, first class construction with all extras, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, guest toilet, large outdoor terraces

  • Reference: 777330
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Built size: 270 m²
  • Plot size: 19000 m²
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Country Home : Arenas

299,000 €

Villa at Arenas with panoramic sea views. This privately located house is only 20 min. away from the coast by car. The house was finished with authentic

  • Reference: 703896
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Built size: 110 m²
  • Plot size: 2500 m²
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Detached House : Arenas

290,000 €

* 3 bedrooms* 2 bathrooms & 1 WC* Lounge & diner* Kitchen* Private terraces* 5.000m2 plot* Mountain & sea views

  • Reference: 396967
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Built size: 120 m²
  • Plot size: 5000 m²
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Detached Villa : Arenas

250,000 €

Detached country villa with outstanding views of the mountains, countryside and the sea. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms, lounge, kitchen and study. Outside

  • Reference: 747962
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Built size: 138 m²
  • Plot size: 2522 m²
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