Mudejar Route


The Mudejar Route is 75 kilometres long, entirely inland. It traverses the municipalities of Arenas, Archez, Salares, Sedella and Canillas de Aceituno, each within the foothills of the Almijara and Tejada Sierras. All are small towns and villages with Moorish and Mudejar remains in good repair.
Mudejar architecture is the name given to Muslim architecture developed by Muslims in Christian areas (as opposed to Mozarabic architecture which was developed by Christians in Moorish areas). Some Mudejar buildings are indistinguishable from Muslim buildings but they did evolve distinguishing features of their own. One was the use of brick for many churches and mansions. Another was extravagantly decorated timber ceilings, often ornately carved. Mudejar style is often found side by side with Christian Gothic in the same building.

Arenas is the starting point of the route and is found 10 kilometres from Velez-Malaga surrounded by countryside containing olives, almonds and vines.

Mudejar tower at Corumbela The road between Arenas and Archez runs via the two small villages of Daimalos and Corumbela, each of which have church towers that were formerly mosque minarets. Daimalos also has a Moorish fountain.

Travelling through green mountain foothills for 7 kilometres, the next stop of the route is Salares. After this stop a short distance of 4 kilometres takes the route to Sedella. The River Rubite, a tributary of the River Velez, runs through this area, as do numerous mountain springs and streams.

The last stop on the Mudejar Route is a further 8 kilometres from Sedella at Canillas de Aceituno. The route passes through the Rahiges Nature Reserve and past a spring and waterfall on the right hand side of the road where bathing is possible and barbeque and picnic areas are provided.

Although there are no further official stops on this route, the road back down to Velez-Malaga from Canillas de Aceituno is an enjoyable ride with spectacular views over mountains, valleys and Lake Vinuela.