Las Hortichuelas Altas and walk

Las Hortichuelas Altas

There is a winding lane around the back of Las Hortichuelas Altas which connects with the main road to Las Negras above and below the village. From this road not only is there a lovely view of the village but also a couple of interesting tracks lead off it.

The verdant barranco

One goes to Cortijo del Montana and the other, which we explored this morning, follows a barranco towards the coast. It comes out at the road to Rodalquilar opposite the track to the beach El Playazo.

Old irrigation channel

There must be a lot of underground water along this barranco because of the lushness of the vegetation. As well as the usual figs, almonds, wild olives and palmettos there is an abundance of cane and banks of oleander, which must be a pretty sight when they are in flower.

Disused well

Although virtually abandoned now there is plenty of evidence of previous agriculture,  including this old irrigation channel and disused well.

A street in Las Hortichuelas Altas

The village of Las Hortichuelas Altas looked quite pretty this morning, especially with the bright colours of bougainvillaea which climbs outside some of the village houses. In the photo, the pink building on the left is Bar Illuminada. It was founded by Illuminada’s father, the legendary Bernabe “El Cacho”. The first dances in the area after the Civil War were held here, scandalising some members of the community.

If you click on the photos they will enlarge.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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3 Responses to Las Hortichuelas Altas and walk

  1. angela bell says:

    Are they both dead, Saw Jean the other day looking blooming

  2. ramon says:

    where you see a disused well, in fact is an old house for the pigs

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