Like the other tourism films on this blog, we didn’t lift a finger in producing it because, this time, we’ve been busy cleaning Saharan sand off every surface in sight. It came courtesy of last week’s rain which painted the Sierra Nevada orange like some awful 1970s dessert. The tango plume has gone and the skies now flick between blue, cloud and sometimes haze. But spring is in the air and the leeks need pulling any day, kicking and screaming, from the soil.
Entitled ‘Entre barrancos y tinaos‘ it’s twelve minutes of ‘our’ Alpujarra, the lower slopes of the Sierra Nevada – sometimes mentioned in the plural, Las Alpujarras, as they cross the provinces of both Granada and Almería.
The film features Órgiva (briefly), the nearby spa town of Lanjarón and the famous white villages, so it’s really local. It demonstrates the typical architecture of the buildings here – flat roofs, the distinct mushroom chimneys and, of course, a tinao or two – typically a raised passage above the street connecting buildings, supported by wooden beams with slate.
The Balneario de Lanjarón gets a huge plug with bubbling baths, mineral water being sipped by the same person, twice – and we learn that Bertrand Russell and Virginia Woolf once enjoyed its therapeutic offerings. Just around the corner a man tries not to get honey in his beard at the Museo de Miel.
Heading towards the Poqueira gorge to Pampaneira one of our favourite places features. Rammed with products from goats cheese and morcillo to paprika and olive oil soap, there’s even a clip of the young woman who regularly pours us a Sunday tipple following a walk between this village and Bubión higher up.
And so it continues, showing off this absolutely beautiful area of Andalucía. If you haven’t journeyed to the area, you really must come. Friends who have visited say it knocks spots off places like Ronda for its sheer dramatic beauty over a wide area. We agree but hey, we’re a little biased!
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