Cortijada la Majada de las Vacas

The terrace of the cortijo

We knew that there was a way to walk to San Pedro from our house if we carried on along the lane outside and took the right paths, so early this morning, before the sun got too hot, we decided to search for it.

Cortijada la Majada de las Vacas

The only information we had was that the lane passed close to Cortijada la Majada de las Vacas. This remote and dilapidated old farmhouse, a few km from our home, is now occupied by a small German hippie commune.

Conrad in a doorway

Here we encountered Conrad who took us part way to San Pedro and indicated the paths. We had no intention of going all the way on such a hot day so we returned to the farmhouse after an hour’s walk.

Stunning scenery

The scenery here is stunning and the nature fascinating.


We saw some pinks, endemic to Almeria, and some wild delphiniums.

View from the terrace

Chairs on the terrace

We were invited for a drink and were enchanted by the old house.

The front door

Although in a bad state, because it is occupied by Germans, everything was clean and orderly.

Chumbus with bugainvillea behind

There was a delightful terrace with fabulous views across to the sea and the land is planted with cacti.

Cat in a doorway

Conrad told us that the main problem the occupants faced was a lack of water.

The farmhouse this evening

We said we would return this evening and dowse the land for them. We did this this evening and discovered that there is a lot of underground water on the land which is probably why this large cortijo was built here. We suggested an ideal spot for a bore hole but we are not knowledgeable enough to suggest how deep they need to drill.


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 pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. 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 portraiture and 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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2 Responses to Cortijada la Majada de las Vacas

  1. Angela says:

    I love thr Chumba pic and the farmhouse.They seem a nice bunch I can understand dropping out more and more,they are the sane people!

  2. the cat pic is absolutely lovely !!!

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