A guide to the festive season in Spain

The Holidays are Coming – here’s reblog of At Home in Andalusia’s useful guide to the festive season in Spain…

December and January is full of fiestas and special days in the Spanish calendar… here’s At Home in Andalusia’s run-down to help you enjoy the holiday season.

— Read on athomeinandalucia.blog/2020/12/03/the-holidays-are-coming-a-guide-to-the-festive-season-in-spain/

Spring returns for Semana Santa

Spring has finally arrived this week, just in time for Semana Santa and the Lecrin Valley will be bursting with sunshine, flowers and Easter parades!   Continue reading “Spring returns for Semana Santa”

Winter walks in the Lecrin Valley

Winter is an amazing time to get walking in the Lecrin Valley. Whether you consider yourself a walking pro, weekend rambler or Sunday stroller, there’s a walk for you, and there’s no better way to see this amazing part of Spain than to get out amongst it in a comfy pair of trainers or walking boots.

The winter has been so mild, but there is still snow on the sierras, so you can basically walk through snow on the high ground, down to warm blossom filled orchards in the lower parts of the valley.

The almond blossom is now out and will shortly be followed by orange blossom from the hundreds of orchards around the area, so the air is filled with a gorgeous, sweet aroma and the scenery peppered with a light pink haze from the thousands of almond trees.

It’s a truly beautiful time of year and one where you get to really appreciate the beauty and contrasting elements of this amazing corner of Spain.

The following websites have great walks planned out for you that can be downloaded.



Or if you’re a local and want to get into walking regularly, then The Lecrin Valley Limpers has walks every weekend. http://lecrinlimpers.blogspot.co.uk or ask to join the Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/lecrinvalleylimpers.  Members only.

If you want to get higher up into the Sierra Nevada, then contact Mike at Sierra Nevada Guides: http://sierranevadaguides.co.uk (based in Lanjaron).

Happy walking.

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Best outdoor eating & drinking with views

The Lecrin Valley is such a gorgeous place to sit out and admire the views and surroundings of this wonderful part of Spain. Now that the heat of the summer has dissipated a little, it’s the perfect time to lounge around al fresco.

Here are some of the best places to kick back with a cold beer or a tinto de verano and enjoy the sunshine and scenery.

  • Los Naranjos del Valle – Melegis – lovely at lunchtime overlooking the lake and evening for a breezy al fresco dinner. Children’s playground too to keep the little ones occupied.
  • El Rincon / Alqueria de Los Lentos – Niguelas – at the foot of the sierra just outside of Niguelas, it’s the perfect garden setting to sit with a drink and appreciate the local scenery. Great for sundowners and views of the mountains and over to Conchar.
  • LA CONCA ARTS CLUB, between Chite and Melegis – beautiful rustic setting perched just above the bright blue water of beautiful Beznar reservoir. Often has live music in a bohemian setting.
  • Thai Elephant Restaurant – Restabal – gorgeous tranquil and picturesque garden setting with views to the north across Restabal.  Serves lovely Thai food and often with live music or special evening events. The resident cat and the peacocks will keep the kids amused!
  • Rincón De Miguel (Miguel’s) – Niguelas – a great little local bar, perched on the terrace at the base of pretty Niguelas village. Perfect for afternoons and evening drinks as it gets the late sun, with views across to the windmills. Cheap drinks and Miguel’s generous tapas.
  • Café Bar Venecia – Pinos del Valle. Perched above the main street, this cute bar that does great tapas, drinks and basic meals has a lovely terrace overlooking the valley towards Granada.
  • Hacienda Señorío de Nevada – Conchar – an upmarket hotel and vineyard setting… enjoy drinks overlooking the pool with amazing scenery all around. NB> Every Friday night throughout July an August there’s drinks, BBQ and live music by the pool.
  • La Tasca – Niguelas – lovely pizza restaurant and bar with indoor/outdoor terrace looking out up to the sierra and over the barranco. www.la-tasca.com 

Click on the EATERIES page for more info on all these places.

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Flamenco in the Lecrin Valley!

Restabal’s Fiesta de Santa Ana falls on the last weekend of July and for a number of years the fiesta has featured its own “Festival de Flamenco” on the Saturday night. This year’s VIII Festival de Flamenco de el Valle is sure to be another spectacular show.

25 July 2015, 22.30 (10.30PM), Plaza del Antiguo Cabildo.

Held in the Plaza del Antiguo Cabildo in the heart of Restabal, it’s a small venue so you get right up close to the performers, who include two of the region’s best known guitarists, Ramon del Paso and Antonio de la Luz; first class singers, Jose “El Balao”, Ivan Centenillo, Judith Urbano, Ana Mochon and Rudi de la Vega and the gorgeous dancer, Conchi Maya (a former international flamenco dancer who teaches at the Carmen de las Vegas flamenco school in Granada http://www.carmencuevas.com).

Definitely not to be missed!

All about aprons!

Fiestas and now Fashion!

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Oranges, lemons & life in Chite

When you set foot in the Lecrin Valley, you don’t immediately think fashion, but there’s a very talented designer here who has come up with some beautiful designs for jewellery and… aprons!

Yes, aprons! Not the first thing that springs to mind when you think fashion, and Lala (aka Ema de Haro, a French born artist, blogger and translator living in Durcal) has designed many different things to date, but her beautiful apron designs are proving to be a massive hit with not only the locals, but also international customers and recently she hosted a fashion show for her new collection.

The fashion show was held in the main house of the Thai Elephant restaurant in Restabal, thanks to its owner, Clive and with the participation (as one of the models!) of its manager, Natasha.

A good crowd of Lecrin Valley residents were there to give Lala their support and…

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