My Artist husband Andrew, has been working on a new series of Spanish village drawings to be sold as prints, and has decided to include Torrox Pueblo, ( Torrox comes from the Arab word meaning `tower`), so yesterday ( for the first time),we drove up to this pretty village with its narrow, winding streets and white washed houses, ( a throw-back to Moorish times), at the foothills of the Sierra de Almijara, to have a look around and take some photographs. The village is surrounded by beautiful countryside -a combination of green valleys and rugged terrain, with wonderful sea views, and it is popular for walks and longer treks.
Torrox Pueblo itself has an eventful history, and is also the birthplace of Almanzor, (938), the military and political leader of al-Andalus, a medieval Muslim state, occupying, at the pinnacle of its power, most of what are today Spain, Portugal, Andorra and part of southern France. He spent his early years in the village, before moving to Cordoba to study. He is commemorated with a statue in the main square. So this peaceful village, away from the hustle and bustle of the coast, with its churches, and historic houses and gardens is definitely worth a visit.
The lovely Casa Torrox Boutique Hotel and Restaurant, have kindly offered to display and sell Andrew`s artwork when it is finished too.
The dark ochre coloured Church, with its pyramid shaped spire , the 18th century Iglesia de la Encarnacion, is built over the remains of an old mosque, and , with a backdrop of the bluest of skies, looks over main square, which was our first pitstop for coffee, under the shade of a large umbrella, and next to the statue El Miguero blowing into a conch shell-this was to call his fellow workers to a feast of migas. Around the square are many Tapas bars and restaurants so lots of choice!
And talking of umbrellas-Torrox Pueblo is famous for its hundreds of colourful umbrellas that shade the Plaza de Constitucion. Over the years they have been many colours, but at present they are red and yellow, resembling the Spanish flag. They are a great sight, and in one area they hang above small fountains shooting water up from the flagstones, so there were several children enjoying splashing around in the cool water.
The village has a fresh fish shop, a bakery with delicious cakes and tarts, and it is full of brightly coloured flowers. A the edge of the village where we parked , were the most glorious, ( and huge) Oleander trees with pink, mauve or ( my favourite) white, fragrant blooms, and many of the village houses have walls and balconies full of cheerful flower- filled pots. But be careful as you walk past, as you may get drenched by an irrigation system, or the occupant wielding a watering can. Mind you it was so humid yesterday, it might have been a welcome respite from the heat!
We took tons of lovely photos, and finished our morning with a glass of wine and complimentary Tapas at Casa Torrox, chatting to one of several artists who were painting in the square.