Árchez, a small white village with Moorish roots and its Mudejar architecture that can be admired in the Torre Alminar of the Iglesia de la Encarnación that will take you to a great past.
Where is Árchez located
Árchez is located 54km from Malaga capital with a population of 385 inhabitants. The municipal term has a dimension of almost 4,8km square.
Origin of the name Árchez
The origin of the name of the village Árchez comes from the Arabic <Al-Cocer> which means “the Palazuelo”, means palace.
Denonym of the people of Árchez
The inhabitants are called “archero or archera“.
Curiosities about Árchez
- It is the smallest town in the province of Malaga.
- The town is nicknamed as “Joya Merinita of the XII century“.
Monuments and places of interest in Árchez
- Tower Alminar of the Church of la Encarnación: It is a minaret that remains of an old Almohad mosque built in the 14th century. Currently it is the bell tower of the church of Our Lady of the Incarnation. The tower height measures around 15 meters and was declared a Historic Artistic Monument of National Heritage on April 20, 1979, being an important reference of Almohad culture in Malaga. There is a legend that says that during the casting of the metal of the tower’s bell tower, a lizard fell into it, remaining forever engraved in the metal. The legend helps the single men of the village to find love, any single person who does not find a partner can climb up to the bell and kiss the engraving of the reptile to find a partner.
- Church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación: Built in the XV century, it was built on an old mosque of which only the Almohad minaret remains.
- Lavadero Público La Acequía: Located at the entrance of the town on the Paseo del Río Turvilla, newly built brick with a Mudejar touch. The laundry room formed by three arches houses six basins, three on each side.
- Old mills