Órgiva and environs

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Goodbye Campers! – Órgiva landmark bites the dust

This post may be of interest to those who know this area well, in particular, locals who knew ‘Upper Camping’ – officially Camping Puerta de la Alpujarra. As of today it has, literally, bitten the dust and looks like a modern day Pompeii. It’s a sad sight and (was) a landmark – its red pyramid-like towers … Continue reading

Museo Casa Alpujarreña – Bubión, La Alpujarra

If you visit La Alpujarra, you’d be foolish to ignore the fantastic Museo Casa Alpujarreña, next to Bubión’s church. It’s a typical house of this area, barely altered since its previous – and final – occupier lived here. A time-capsule of a former home, it’s as if someone entered one day and asked for the … Continue reading

Burnt earth, wind…and fire

It’s been a strange few weeks; warm weather, fires across the mountains near Lanjarón, howling winds to wake the dead and, now, a return to mild temperatures. For the last two days much of southern Spain has become a theatre stage of yellow dry ice – only that it’s Saharan dust, obliterating the Sierra de … Continue reading

The cemetery above Órgiva

High above Órgiva a pine-clad hill is punctuated by a white, three-metre-high walled area: Órgiva’s cemetery. Today in the drizzle we headed up there for no reason other than to enjoy the amazing view of the Rio Guadalfeo valley and the Sierra de Lújar. A duvet of battleship-grey clouds slid eastwards across the mountains while the … Continue reading

Feria de Órgiva 2015

If you live in Órgiva you’ll know all about the feria, despite it being barely advertised for the benefit of visitors. It starts this Thursday 1 October and unofficially marks the end of summer and, as the sun is playing hide and seek between the odd raindrop, that seems apt. Note that shops and supermarkets are closed … Continue reading

Market day churros in Órgiva

Today, a few streets away from the busy weekly market, we sat on a bench like children bunking off school*. No cigarettes, sticking chewing gum to the bench or illicit snogging; just a pile of churros wrapped up in paper on a beautiful, blue-sky day. [Update Sept 2017: now a kebab place.] There’s a spot in most … Continue reading

Lanjarón honey window (photo)

This cute window, full of jars of miel tomillo (thyme honey), was spotted today in Lanjarón. Órgiva’s nearest town even has its own honey museum, which, like this person’s home, is filled with honey collected from the hundreds of hives that perch on mountain sides in the area. To us it sums up what La Alpujarra … Continue reading

Vuelta a España – Órgiva and Capileira [UPDATED]

[Note: this post is from 2015] Anyone bonkers enough to cycle non-stop for hours in Spain, in August, deserves a medal – or a cold beer at least. But talk to us about cycling? Forget it. But maybe we’re about to get a tiny bit interested in it – the circus is coming to town. Beginning … Continue reading

Day of wine and roses

A snaking road just past Torvizcón takes you on a stunning journey up the Sierra de la Contraviesa. In 16km only two cars squeezed by us as we headed for Europe’s highest vineyard. At 1400m above sea level this was the first time in Spain we experienced absolute silence; no breeze, no dogs, no flies, … Continue reading

A mine of information in Órgiva

A while ago, small rock boulders suddenly appeared outside the building on Plaza Alpujarra that never opened and what people thought was the tourist office but it wasn´t (see this post). But it´s open and from mausoleum to one-room museum, Órgiva now celebrates the area´s history of mining on what is its own Uluru, the Sierra de Lújar. … Continue reading

Playa Granada, Motril

Playa Granada isn´t some tacky, man-made attraction in the suburbs of Granada city – it´s a real beach – yay! – and a huge one at that. Mainly stoney with some areas of sand and a golf course hugging its boundaries, we were taken by surprise at the sheer expanse of a great place to chill on … Continue reading

Jardin Nazari – Vélez de Benaudalla

A small piece of the Generalife in the Alhambra was seemingly plucked from Granada and gently placed in this sleepy town, a short distance inland from the Costa Tropical. But the Jardin Nazari, tucked away in the backstreets of Vélez de Benaudalla, is no Johnny-come-lately – it´s been here, in one form or another, since … Continue reading

San Marcos, Los Tablones

A moderate walk across the Rio Guadelfeo lies the village of Los Tablones and this coming weekend sees the fiesta of San Marcos. Unlike a traditional street party in the UK – 1977’s Royal Jubilee celebrations only lasted half a day for most people – Spain’s fiestas last days. Kicking off at 8pm tomorrow (Friday), … Continue reading

Sunday market in Almuñecar

Órgiva has its own rastro but there are many others dotted around the province. If you head to Almuñecar on the Costa Tropical on a Sunday, you’ll be greeted with a football pitch-sized market heaving with people seemingly not buying anything. But they do, otherwise these markets – there’s another one further down the coast … Continue reading

It’s nice to get out once in a while

It’s that time of year again – approaching Easter – when Órgiva’s church swells like a broken dam of people filling a cave. Everyone, except us it seems, is in their Sunday best, even though it’s a Thursday. The band tuck themselves in above the church’s entrance and fill the air with a dense sound. … Continue reading