Browsing in a secondhand bookshop is second only to eating a curry or seeing Tottenham Hotspur lose. We’ve found an original copy of Flowers of the Mediterranean by Oleg Polunin and Anthony Huxley. It’s not a rare book but a delightful one with over 300 colour pictures, 128 line drawings and 700 species described. It … Continue reading
This isn’t a chimney belonging to a very small house but an ornamental one. It’s at the viewing point as you enter Bubión – the deathly-quiet village sandwiched between Pampaneira and Capileira. The view from any of these white villages at the moment is breathtaking as the snow has come. They always stand out against the rock but … Continue reading
People come to Las Alpujarras in Andalucia for many reasons: to walk, birdwatch, go skiing higher up in the Sierra Nevada, or pop to the beach for the day. Another reason is to go horse riding and there can be few places more beautiful to go trekking than here. We don’t ride ourselves but a … Continue reading
We got up early and headed for Las Barreras to the west of Órgiva, it’s where our walk to Lanjarón begins. The strong winds of yesterday had died down by this morning. It meant a thousand bonfires were lit in the valley, filling the air with smoke for as far as you could see. For a while the base … Continue reading
We suspect Pampaneira gets a little overlooked in favour of the other ‘white villages’ of Las Alpujarras – like Bubión and Capileira. Maybe because it’s the first you come to after leaving Órgiva – a snaking 25 minute drive – and people may have an urge to head higher. But we like it and it’s worth … Continue reading
Here’s a lovely walk over the mountain paths from Órgiva to Lanjarón. It takes around two and a half hours. The GR-142 (Las Alpujarras route), running 144km between Fiñana in the province of Almería to Lanjarón, is the main part of the walk. Some of it is part of the 1900km GR-7 route (Senderos de Gran Recorrido) which goes from Spain to Greece. … Continue reading
If you fancy stretching your legs but don’t want to do a major walk from Órgiva – especially in the summer heat – Bayacas is a good place to head for. Just don’t expect an ice-cold water or beer when you get there – there are no bars or shops. It’s a 20 to 30 … Continue reading
We’ve met a few people in and around town. OK, they’re Brits but with our limited Spanish it’s impossible to have a meaningful conversation with a local – for a while at least. One chap we met – let’s call him Frank – has been here eleven years. He’s not been the first person to tell us … Continue reading
Bayacas – to use a cliché – is a sleepy hamlet to the north of Órgiva. When we last visited we barely saw a soul, yet alone a shop or bar. And that’s just how the people who live there no doubt like it. The church was locked, the donkeys were in the shade by the … Continue reading
OK, this isn’t the most original photograph but when it’s raining yet again in England, this always brings out a sunny smile.
Taken on a walk near Yegen in Las Alpujarras. Our post about Yegen’s famous resident and author Gerald Brenan.
The sun torments the brow, the ground crackles and snaps beneath your feet – and you can think only of water. Before we’d ever been to Spain we didn’t know much about acequias – the ancient conduit system of water distribution – but once there we were fascinated by them. (See below for our short … Continue reading
Taken on a walk to from Órgiva to Carataunas (population c. 200*) and Soportújar (population c. 275*). The view – with pomegranate tree – is looking roughly south just east of Carataunas. Órgiva, nestled in the valley, is hidden behind the Cerro Negro (black hill) in the mid-distance. * Instituto Nacional de Estadística 2005 survey
Taken on a walk along the GR142 between Órgiva and Lanjarón.