Today we drove around La Alpujarra. Summer is not the best time of year to visit this beautiful area south of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Spring and autumn are best when the colours are beautiful and there is snow on the mountain peaks but we had good reasons to make the journey.
Firstly, we wanted to visit Cádiar and some nearby villages as a cafe/shop there, El Rincon, is doing well with Margaret’s prints, even though she has not painted any scenes of the area. El Rincon is owned by the Thorpe family who also have a business in San Jose and whom we have known for over 25 years. Margaret wanted to check out views for possible future paintings.
As well as visiting Cádiar, we stopped at two little villages, Yátor and Narila. These were very typical of La Alpujarra, with their narrow streets, cottages with flat, grey slate roofs and old churches.
Secondly, we had been invited for lunch by some friends who have recently bought a small country house below Lanjaron. We would have liked to take the high road which winds through many pretty villages but did not have the time and so we took the quicker southern road which passes through only one village, Torvizcón.
We arrived dead on time at our friends’ house, Cortijo Manzano, which is a charming cottage typical of the area and surrounded by olive and fruit trees.