A holiday in Southern Spain
We spent a holiday in June this year at The Finca el Cerrillo a restored 200 year old farmhouse situated high in the foothills of the Sierra Almijara region of southern Spain. A beautiful place to relax with friends new and old and like minded people. we were a group of 15 people all local to Essex and the object of the holiday was to improve our painting and sketching skills. We were also able to go sight seeing and walk the many trails in the area. And if you forgot your sun hat well there were plenty here to choose from! There were many corners and nooks which were an artists paradise, especially the Moorish courtyard which looked as if it had been standing there for years but had been designed and built by the owner
of the Finca. We dined on the terrace in the evening with wonderful views over the mountainside and the warm balmy evenings well we were a bit barmy when we had partaken of the delicious wine from the honesty bar, just sign out your bottle or your measure of spirit and it is all assigned to your bar bill.
The Finca is a couple of miles from the nearest village and some evenings we were taken out to enjoy the ambiance of the locals, on this occasion there was Spanish entertainment laid on the square was ablaze with lights and music with TV camera men and entertainers locals
and visitors mingling together, these four likely lads were the Flamenco dancers, and so was this one,
Another day out we went to the Caves at Nerja, the largest caves in Europe they hold classical and pop concerts there the acoustics are so good this is just one example of the stalactites which are beautifully lit to show of the natural colours deposited over thousands of years. Nerja is also famous as a seaside town and has the famous Balcon de Europe like a short but very glamorous pier open air cafes and wonderful views. Lots of sketching opportunities here and a chance to sit on the beach or drink a glass of wine.
Everyone seemed to have a good time and the horses were left to graze beside the river in
There are more photos in the Album, I hope you have enjoyed this little visit to Spain with me