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