This morning we parked at Cortijo del Montana and made a circular walk around the countryside that took a little over two hours.
First, we took a lane through arid countryside to Cortijo del Hornillo.
This is a large cortijo that is partly in ruin and partly modernised and lived in. There appear to be riding stables here.
We then continued along a wider lane to the vast, cultivated lands of Cortijo del Fraile.
Here, various varieties of lettuce, onions, carrots and fennel are being grown on a large scale, but because it is within the Parque Natural there are no plastic greenhouses.
The old ruins of Ermita del Fraile stand out behind the green fields.
At the end of the cultivated area a track leads over the hills back to the olive groves in front of Cortijo del Montana.
Sunday was our 43rd wedding anniversary (Digby had more hair then!) and yesterday we signed the completion of the sale of our cortijo in Loja at the Notary in Granada so it was a double cause for celebration.
Last night we enjoyed a paella on the terrace of Restaurante Los Barcos overlooking the fishing boats on the beach at Las Negras. This new fish restaurant is owned by Bernabe Fernandez 111 the grandson of the original “El Cacho” of Las Hortichuelas. His father and uncle own the Restaurant El Cacho, Supermercado El Cacho and Apartamentos El Cacho in Las Negras and his Aunt owns Bar Iluminada in Las Hortichuelas so he is carrying on the family tradition of enterprise.