Cútar

When you get to Cútar, it is advisable to leave your car outside the urban centre, given that most of the narrow, twisting streets of this typically Moorish village are closed to traffic. The most interesting parts of the village are calle La Fuente, so called because it leads to an ancient Moorish fountain, and calle Rodríguez de la Fuente, which passes under some of the houses that are supported by semicircular arches. The origin of the name would seem to be the Arabic Cautzar, meaning Fountain of Paradise.

Places to be visited are the church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, situated in the higher part of the village. It dates from the 16th century, although restoration work on it was carried out in the 18th century and in the middle of the 20th century. To the south of the village is an ancient vaulted square structure that is a Moorish fountain. It is in a perfect state of conservation, and is only one of its kind in the entire area. According to 16th century documents, this was known as the aina alcaharia, which means The Fountain of the Farm House.

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