If we only had wings, eh? This photograph – probably taken in the 1950s – shows Órgiva from above. An annotated version beneath it highlights certain locations and buildings, with further information. At the top of the photograph we love (what we think is) the track leading to Benizalte, the 16th century olive mill. Click on images for higher res.
1. Río Chico – once wide and dominating, now often a dribble (or bone dry). See:
2. Rio Chico again and where the sports centre and festival space now is. See:
3. The old town hall (Ayuntamiento). See:
4. Plaza Alpujarra before it was landscaped and had lovely ceramic murals added to it. See:
5. The Guardia Civil building, built in the late 1940s. See:
6. Órgiva´s weekly market starts a little further up this road. See:
7. The indoor market, home to fishmongers, lentils and notice boards. See:
8. Órgiva´s church. See:
9. Castle of the Counts of Sástago. See:
10. Open fields, jumpers for goalposts, now housing. See:
The photograph was probably taken from a plane, not a balloon. However, it gives us an excuse to post this performance of Up Up and Away by the Fifth Dimension (who could reach the stars in their balloon) – it´s the perfect song to play loudly on repeat with the windows open.
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