There is a plaque outside the ruins of Cortijo del Montana explaining the traditional architecture of this part of Andalucia.
The houses were constructed using local materials. They were single storey constructions, rectangular in shape with flat roofs from which every drop of rainwater would be drained and stored..The walls were built of local stones bound together with a mixture of cal and sand. They were finished inside with a wash of launa, which is violet in colour..
The walls were built very thick and high to keep the rooms cool in summer. Likewise,the windows were small to keep out the light. Alcoves for shelves would be carved out of the thick walls.
Animals often shared accommodation with humans and in a large cortijo like this one, the donkey stables are part of the main dwelling.