The person who took the first photo could have been on their way to one of the ‘white villages’, maybe Pampaneira. It was taken on the steep main road, looking south-east over Órgiva.
The bridge over the Rio Chico looks the same but the trees have grown and the sloping paths to the left of the church replaced with ‘modern’ Órgiva properties – many built in the 1940s and 50s. So the photo could have been taken in the 1930s. There’s a car in front of, what is now, the BP garage. We believe there may have been a petrol stop there even then.
The buildings remain, although most have seen better days – Hotel Mirassol now occupies one of them. In the new photo you can see the swimming pool complex in the middle of the photograph. Click on the first photo for hi-res. (Photographer of old photo unknown, happy to remove or credit.)
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