Just outside Olvera, on the road to Campillos, is the cortijo where we normally refill our water bottles from the natural spring, above which is the ruin of an old castle.
On so many occasions I have wanted to have a closer look at it and today in the company of our good friends Dan and Alison, who kindly asked for permission to enter through the farm, we climbed up to explore.
Our tour guide today was a small "Podenco" puppy from the farm.
When visiting these old places, I always try to imagine what life would have been like back in the 14th and 15th centuries when castles like this were built and wonder for what purpose they were constructed. We speculated that this site was a lookout point for the main castle in Olvera.
Looking around this one, although derelict, there is still evidence of the old wooden beams that supported the upper floors.
Looking down upon the cortijo.
Olvera in the distance.