Lanjarón

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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

Restaurante Asador Parque – Lanjarón

The sleepy and genteel town of Lanjarón is peppered with both fountains and bars, several of which we visit regularly. A favourite over the last year is Restaurante Asador Parque on the road out of town, in the direction of Granada. We watched its construction and thought ‘not another restaurant – how can they all compete?’ but … Continue reading

Órgiva, Lanjarón and the white villages – tourist film

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 … Continue reading

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

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

The best coffee in Lanjarón – Denebola

To Lanjarón in search of a damn fine cup of coffee – and we found it. Having lived in London where the choice of coffee establishments – from the old, formica-tabled cafés of Soho to the muffins and chrome of Costa – can be overwhelming, here it’s easier to plonk yourself down with a cortado and … Continue reading

Hotel España – Lanjarón

The modern wallpaper covering a wall in the bar can’t hide that this building is much a part of Lanjarón’s history as its spa. As you step inside, a message greets you: ‘Desde 1917 en los muros del Hotel España se ha ido escribiendo una hermosa novela’  – roughly: since 1917 (on) the walls of Hotel Spain have been … Continue reading

Skies, dam, skies and stale biscuits

Walking across Rules dam (presa de Rules) in Andalucía is like being an ant scaling the back of an elephant; you feel pretty damn small. Surrounded by mountains, it’s quite a sight. Alone, it also feels like you’re part of a Hollywood film, standing in the howling wind waiting for a dodgy deal to be struck … Continue reading

Classic cars in Lanjarón

In nearby Lanjarón we stumbled upon a parade of classic cars looping through the town. There were some beauties including a Morgan, Citroën, a very handsome and plump old Jaguar and a few Mercedes. If anybody knows what the large, open-backed car is, please let us know. We didn’t get an opportunity to ask which … Continue reading

Yoga for old people

Someone recently asked us – after our posts about Lanjarón, like this one – was it really full of old people? Well, on reflection, maybe not. On Sunday we caught a youth breakdancing on the Avenida de las Alpujarras while a group of teenagers watched a Taylor Swift performance on a large-screen TV. However, the flyer below was … Continue reading

La Casita de Papel restaurant – Lanjarón

After visiting Lanjarón’s honey museum we stopped off at La Casita de Papel for lunch. We’re glad we did as it’s a nice spot and the food was good. S opted for the menu del día (€10 including drink) and had a delicious soup of lentils, chorizo and smoked ham. For the main, grilled fish and for dessert a … Continue reading

A Rae of Spanish sunshine

Barbara Rae, one of our favourite contemporary artists and a Royal Academician, is no stranger to Spain – that includes Órgiva. The scenery and brilliant light of Las Alpujarras has always attracted artists. Over the years, on visits to the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London, we’ve admired her astonishing use of colour and composition. … Continue reading

Hotel Alcadima restaurant – Lanjarón

A decent starter followed by a so-so main course – sound familiar? Off we went for the menu del dia at Hotel Alcadima in Lanjarón, a 10-minute drive from Órgiva. We parked, headed to the spot our own favourite photo was taken and headed down a side street to the hotel. We found a shady spot outside to … Continue reading

On the buses – an American in Paradise (guest post)

…in this instance, a Californian boy and a Sussex girl living in the Midwest, US. Months ago, Ed and Charlotte got in contact via con jamón spain. When they visited Las Apujarras it was fantastic to meet them in Órgiva. Here’s their story of the month they spent here: When you live in Car Culture, USA, public … Continue reading