Most people take pride in their homes in Órgiva (including washing their door steps each day) – although nearby Lanjarón wins the prize hands-down for how many geraniums can festoon a person’s home.
In central Órgiva properties are numbered, but down the dusty lanes that trickle out into the countryside like tentacles, a house needs a name. Many are called cortijo-something-or-other. Cortijo means farmhouse in Spanish and many properties, once bustling with sweat-drenched workers, are now quiet retreats, until the dogs start barking.
Animals would often be housed on the ground floor, while the family or workers lived above. We know people whose kitchens were once used for slaughtering pigs and another room for keeping chickens.
Pride in one’s home includes house name signs – here are some attractive plaque designs we’ve spotted on walks. The last place is inhabited by someone with a fiery temper.
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