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moorish spain

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Rockmeister, Sep 4, 2019.

  1. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Looking for a short week away to find subjects to paint, draw and photograph, whilst having a bit of sunshine, good grub and a quiet time, so big noisy modern cities are right OUT! :)
    Can anyone help us with a suggestion for a pretty town or etc packed with colour, moorish architecture, the scent of food on the wind...??? Please? :)
  2. stevec67

    stevec67 pfm Member

    The area around Granada. Alhambra palace for the Moors, obvs.
  3. kennyh

    kennyh pfm Member

    We've just sold our place in Archez in Andalucia three weeks ago. Moorish to the core.

    Google Competa (the biggest town in area but still tiny), Canillas de Albaida, Archez and Corumbela.

    If it's a first visit it will impress you hugely, it's stunning. They are all Pueblos Blancos (white villages) and the houses drip with floral displays.....Canillas possibly more than the others. A lot of Artists visit for exactly what you are after. All have the Moorish churches and that atmosphere I think you may be after

    Any travel details or other info. feel free to ask.
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  4. kennyh

    kennyh pfm Member

    Competa will certainly give you the aroma of food in the air too, especially in the main square under the church. 24 little restaurants and tapas bars hidden away in the back streets..

    Later this month the Moorish Feria in Salares is on too, another tiny white village a stones throw from the above I mention.

    A unique atmosphere and we were totally gutted the buyers wanted a quick completion on our house as we wanted it to coincide with that. Sept/Oct is my favourite time of year there with flowers all still in bloom.

    Others love Feb/March when the hills turn white with Almond blossom.
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  5. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

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  6. chartz

    chartz pfm Member

    Yes, definitely.
  7. kennyh

    kennyh pfm Member

    Ronda is stunning but boy it's busy and bustling with tourists.

    Being fair I think we had our best meal ever in Spain there.

    Thing is if you stay in a nice hotel in Malaga the bus to the white villages I mention above costs peanuts and is a 2 hour journey.
  8. kennyh

    kennyh pfm Member

    Granada is a one hour 30 minute drive from where I mention. Also Alhama de Granada is a special place too.
  9. cjarchez

    cjarchez pfm Member


    Absolutely agree! Having said that our place in Archez is now up for sale too. If you're in that area and rent a car, Granada is very reachable from there as is Alhama De Granada which is also worth a full day out. A great place for buying locally produced wine, cheese and olives of uber quality at silly low prices.
    We absolutely loved our time living there.

    Ha! Crossed posts in total agreement :)
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  10. billo

    billo pfm Member

    +one for Ronda. A friend has stayed here and enjoyed it also they used to do drawing and painting classes as well a walking and bird spotting

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  11. kennyh

    kennyh pfm Member

    Biggest coincidence ever in my life to find out we had a fellow forum member living in the village too....only about 300 residents, incredible. Hope all's well with you and your good lady!

    ps, We paid the town hall taxes to Archez but the house was not in the village, our place was up a bit on the road to Corumbela.
  12. fur

    fur pfm Member

    northen spaniards call their southern brethren all sorts of politically incorrect names derived from the southerners moorishness.
    Anyone for a custard cream ? I find them rather moreish.
  13. SteveT

    SteveT pfm Member

    Another vote for Competa. First visit to Spain was spent in Competa and we traveled around the area. Beautiful scenery and friendly people.
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  14. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    One of the best meals Ive ever had in my life was 20 yrs ago there in a place called Tragabuches. We still talk about it.
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  15. kennyh

    kennyh pfm Member

    Just looked at the pics of that Dec on Tripadvisor and I'm certain we've been there although it's not the place I was talking about. I'll confirm that when Mrs. gets home. I'd assume it had lost its star when we visited too.

    Also, had the best Spanish tapas there, in an old bar near the central park........completely different to the normal Andalucian Albondigas,Boccerones and Ensalada Russo thing, just can't remember its name either.

    Anyway, after a stint in Northern Spain a couple of weeks back on route home the Basque Pinxtos murder tapas for me now!!
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  16. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    Thread is putting me in the mood to go...
  17. kennyh

    kennyh pfm Member

    Hahaha,I'm on the Brittany ferries site now too, and we've only just got back.
  18. cjarchez

    cjarchez pfm Member

    Food wise, try El Tintero ( Chiringuito ) in El Palo of east Malaga. Seafood specialist with a twist, the food pours out of the kitchen in batches of announced type, stick your hand up and grab some. Repeat until full!
    Novel experience.
    In Competa, El Pampano is a must and Sergio the owner is a great host.
  19. kennyh

    kennyh pfm Member

    El Tintero is a great bit of fun, I'd certainly seen nothing like it before. Suffered with tinitus for 3 months afterwards though......not very Moorish either:D
  20. cjarchez

    cjarchez pfm Member

    Spookey huh!
    Just outside the main village centre. For such a small village the municipality is huge.
    Did Amalia get back in as mayoress after that snotty young thing upset everyone. (Not been back for three years)

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