Culture and buildings

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The light dies down on Bib-Rambla (4K film)

Outside of Dublin and London we don’t think we love – and know – a city more: Granada. Long before lockdown, privately-made ‘strolls’ though cities – normally filmed in 4K – started appearing. Some might say they are a niche market: ‘why would I spend an hour watching a walk through the streets of Lisbon, … Continue reading

To cut a long journey short – Lanjarón’s new tunnel

Infrastructure plans – first mooted back in 2005 – are back on the table; this time though, things are looking up. Lanjarón’s town hall, the Junta de Andalucía and other local municipalities – including Órgiva – recently presented and/or attended a project to improve access to the Alpujarras from Granada, shortening the journey time and … Continue reading

Lost in the woods: Puerta de Bib-Rambla

With the imposing Alhambra bearing down on it, it’s easy to stroll past this old piece of Granada’s history with barely a glance. Nestled among the tall plane, horse chestnut and maple trees that cascade down the hill the Alhambra was built upon – Sabika – on first sight the arched gateway looks like a … Continue reading

Touching the sky: Capileira’s bell tower

As kids we would be be dragged around the south of England’s damp churches that smelt of varnished pews and candle smoke. If you were lucky you could take a trip up the bell tower. Stepping ever higher the dark, satanic bells seemed like monsters but then you had those views over chess board fields … Continue reading

Granada: a city at rest

The devil has wrapped its arms around the world and all of us – to differing degrees of severity – are in lockdown. So, let us take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of… Granada. [If you receive this via email, please visit the blog.] Apart from the rustle of leaves … Continue reading

First time in Córdoba (part 1)

It’s taken a few years, but we finally managed a trip to Córdoba in February. A city that was once the second largest in Europe, where Muslims, Jews and Christians lived in relative harmony and education and learning flourished. Despite our love for Granada, it was a thrill to be heading to another of Andalucía’s … Continue reading

Renovation of Órgiva’s bridge

This post will only be of interest to those who know Órgiva and, even then, it may be the most boring thing they’ve read in ages. The Bridge over the River Kwai Chico is having a facelift. It was deemed unstable a while back having largely withstood (since the 1920s) first, horse/mule-drawn carts, then cars … Continue reading

Órgiva framed

We’ve borrowed a photo of Órgiva from an earlier post to compare the same scene painted many years ago. The picture hangs upstairs in Galindo’s bar next to the church. We don’t know anything about the artist – L Medina – but they had a good eye, capturing the whitewashed facades and evergreen valley which … Continue reading

Sunburn – a film set in La Alpujarra

Unsurprisingly, La Alpujarra attracts Andalucian tourist board and documentary film makers extolling its beauty. Aside from 1971’s ‘The Last Run’ (Fuga Sin Fin), we’re unsure what ‘proper’ films have been made in this area except, that is, Sunburn (2018) – a thriller/horror filmed in, and around, Bubión in 2016. We were hoping to write a … Continue reading

Órgiva: Feria y Fiestas 2018

[Note: this event has ended.] Judging by the preparations, Órgiva’s annual knees-up, which starts this Thursday 27 September, is the biggest for quite a while. The top of town – from the municipal car park near Baraka to the Plaza Cultural – is full of play rides, performance stages, bunting and more. So, what’s in … Continue reading

Summer in Órgiva 2018

NEW: Órgiva: Feria y Fiestas 2018 – September 27-30 September The great thing about Órgiva is that the town is near lots of stuff: mountains, rivers, beaches and Granada. And if you’re here with kids, there’s plenty to do locally and further afield. There’s a selected events list at the bottom of this page. Enjoy … Continue reading

Abandoned Tablate village – and Puente Nazari

We pulled off the motorway to Granada, stepped out of the car and were ankle deep in a sea of yellow oxalis. Spring’s unusual weather continued as splats of rain reminded us that summer hadn’t quite yet arrived. Dwarfed by dead palm trees we walked up a short incline. We were at Tablate in the municipality of … Continue reading

Órgiva Then and Now – #15

Seeing as it dominates the town centre, it’s no surprise that we’ve featured Órgiva’s church previously. We captured it today as low pressure from North Africa nudged its way over the Alboran Sea into Andalucía making the skies dull and grey. No doubt when the 1933 photo below was taken it was a glorious day … Continue reading

The Last Run (Fuga Sin Fin) – 1971 film

1971, it was a very good year…for films: Fiddler on the Roof, Play Misty for Me, Diamonds Are Forever and, of course, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. But like any year, there were flops including The Last Run (you’ve never heard of it, right?). We have to come clean and say we hadn’t either. However, … Continue reading

La Rheúma – Hotel Bosques de la Alhambra, Granada

‘Would that be a double room with dripping walls and a sinister atmosphere, madam?’ Very few people visiting Granada get to miss this building, mainly because it sits beneath the Alhambra by the Rio Darro – a popular place to stroll along before perhaps heading up the steep, narrow streets of the Albaicin.  It doesn’t seem to … Continue reading