Daimalos

Daimalos, pronounced Die Malos, is a very small village which is part of the municipality of Arenas on the Mudejar Route. It is 47 kilometres from Málaga and just 14 kilometres from the sea side resort of Torre del Mar. Known for its oloroso wine, strangely the village doesn´t even have a bar! Although most households have their own homemade version which they are happy to share! It has to rely on its next door neighbour Arenas for all its amenities.

Daimalos is probably most famous for its Fountain of Love! a small watering hole situated on the right as you drive up to the top of the houses. Fuente Perdida is an arab fountain from the 12th century during the Marinid dynasty. The water in this fountain is supposed to be an aphorodisiac and legend has it that if a single person drinks from the fountain they will be married shortly afterwards! Probably not that unlikely as the village only houses about 100 people! This fountain is mentioned in the Daimalos settlement books as early as 1561. Villagers believe that if you are already married drinking from the fountain will help you conceive and the flowing water is supposed to increase sexual power!

Not to be forgotten is the Parish Church of La Concepción with its seventeenth century minaret rising high above the church with its belfry silhouetted against the sky. In 2004 this Minaret was designated a Cultural Asset by the Government of Andalucia.

Life in Daimalos is tranquil and happy (possibly due to the effects of the water!) not many houses come up for sale here as once ensconced in the village most people are happy to stay.

To get to Daimalos the easiest way is via Arenas, keep going and round the next bend you will discover its cluster of white houses, apparently clinging together for fear of falling off the hill! Take you camera and a water bottle (or two! ) Then once you are done sightseeing head back to Arenas for tapas or lunch in the bar/restaurant on the right hand side on the way out, just before the town hall.



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