Sunday, 22 July 2012

"Can I help you at all?"

 "No" said Anne, prior to starting a clean of the bathroom and terrace. "The best thing you can do to help is go out for a few hours and stay out of the way". So taking the hint and on a beautiful morning, I headed to the pueblo of Montecorto, last visited by us over three years ago. 
I chose a route heading towards Algodonales, then onto the A-374 towards Ronda before turning onto the CA-9109 signposted  Setenil. At the small hamlet of Los Villalones I turned off towards Montecorto. Above, the view to Olvera on the road leaving Los Villalones.
This is a great route for stunning views of the Andalucian countryside. 

The last of the seasons sunflowers.
After about 40 minutes driving, I headed down into Montecorto, a village of about 650 inhabitants, looking across towards the Sierra de Grazalema.

The Iglesia de la Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of the village.
 The Ayuntamiento.
The start of a walk through the pine forest that leads to the top of the hill overlooking the village, as seen in the picture below. Definitely one for a another day when it's a little cooler.

 The water source of "El Nacimiento", one of three natural springs in the village feeding the  channels that wind through the pretty streets of the village.

 Another of the water sources, the "Doces Pilares" (Twelve Pillars).

 The bunting that remains from the recent Feria de Nuestra Señora Virgen del Carmen.

 After wandering for a while, I sat for an ice cold coke in one of the bars.
 The attractive "Fuente del Dolmen" near to the Iglesia.
 One of many well cared for houses with ornate tiling and unusual twisted pillars in the windows.
 I really like Montecorto. It is a sleepy, well cared for and friendly village, one of the prettiest I have been to. It seems to be off the tourist route, we have passed it by many, many times and perhaps that's the way the villagers would want it to stay but if you are in the area, pay a visit. You won't be disappointed.

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