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Welcome to Órgiva – enjoy your visit!

The people  responsible for making people feel welcome to Órgiva need to take a long, hard look at themselves, if this is the best they can do. But looking at this sign, they probably retired years ago. No carved marble greeting, palm trees, fountains or spotlights at dusk – this is what the visitor sees … Continue reading

Calle Doctor Fleming, we presume

Everyone’s heard of Alexander Fleming, right? That Scottish bloke who discovered penicillin, the active ingredient in the mould Penicillium notatum, which turned out, on its discovery in 1928, to be a brilliant infection-busting agent. But what’s that got to do with the main street running through Órgiva, home to several bars, the church and a … Continue reading

Lazy Sunday morning in Órgiva

We wake early today and head into a very sleepy Órgiva, walking down empty backstreets, past derelict buildings – some looking 200 years old. Crumbling facades, exposed, worm-ridden wooden lintels and tiles clinging to ‘rooms’ with no floors and ceilings. Next door there could be a pristine house. The only sign of life are two elderly … Continue reading

Spanish Civil War – by George Levrier-Jones (book)

Concentrating in history class – or any other class for that matter – was something neither of us particularly excelled at. The topics covered were the 1500s, the Industrial Revolution, the two world wars and, in S’s case, Irish history. Even though the Spanish Civil War (1936 to 1939) led to World World II, the … Continue reading

The Cicada

Anyone in a hot country like Spain will know all about cicadas, or at least the sound they make. The rattling-cum-buzzing cacaphony that reaches a peak on the hottest days. Heard close up, it’s like Barbie’s washing machine on a manic, high-pitched spin-cycle. They care not that some of us want a bit of rest … Continue reading

Restaurante Flor de Limonero – Hotel Taray

El Limonero, previously based on the edge of Órgiva has moved to the lovely Taray Botanico Hotel 1km outside of town to the south. [Update October 2017: the restaurant is moving from this hotel to Hotel Mirasol next to the small BP station, opening either late 2017 or early 2018.] It’s had a slight name change too. The menu … Continue reading

Órgiva to Granada by bus

A bus journey from Órgiva to Granada, one of the great cities of Spain, is a joy. The views from the winding roads are to die for (just hope the driver doesn’t have a heart attack) and the glimpse of the Sierra Nevada a marvel. The gigantic wind-farm sails, eerie and motionless on windless days, … Continue reading

Off your trolley in Órgiva

No self-respecting shopper in Órgiva would want to be seen without a trolley. Like the town’s bars, dogs and PA announcements about forthcoming fiestas, you can’t escape them. It’s usually women at the helm but we’ve spotted men guiding them through the streets. And, as if stumbling upon a funeral cortège, ordinary people stop to … Continue reading

A walk to Bayacas

If you fancy stretching your legs but don’t want to do a major walk from Órgiva – especially in the summer heat – Bayacas is a good place to head for. Just don’t expect an ice-cold water or beer when you get there – there are no bars or shops. It’s a 20 to 30 … Continue reading