The village of Beas de Granada

Trip Start Apr 01, 2012
Trip End Oct 01, 2012

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Flag of Spain  , Andalusia,
Saturday, June 9, 2012

This morning we went for a walk to visit the village just down the hill here called Beas de Granada. We went there the first day we arrived here, just to get some groceries , but did not look around very much. It was the middle of the day, warm and we were lugging a bag full with stuff each. The return walk back also means walking back up the steep hill with our bags full.Not a good idea. We promised ourselves a return visit later on.
The village itself is not very big but is most interesting to see. Nothing out of the ordinary but very typical of a Spanish community. On the outskirts we noticed a lot of vegetable gardens in either the front or back yards. The irrigation for these is controlled by having water ways under the footpaths leading into the gardens. All you have to do is block one side off and open your side. Rick asked one old timer what it was all about and where does the water come from. Despite the language barrier it was explained to us that the water came down from the mountains , through the village and ran down to the rivers. It was all flood irrigation and only took 20 minutes for the average plot to be totally irrigated. The locals grow a lot of potatoes , and store them to see themselves through the winter. It was lovely to speak with the fellow and find out a few things. Onwards towards the village we walked. Our main mission was to post a postcard to my Mum, so had to find a letterbox. As we could not find it anywhere it also gave us the opportunity to have a good look around. Must say that everyone was very friendly and greeted us with the usual hello or 'hola' in spanish of course. You do not get that response in the bigger places so it was special for us. We asked various people where the post box was situated and each and everyone of them told us where it was, but we still could not find it. You see we expected it to be in a logical location and felt a bit silly for not being able to find it. Gave up in the end, stopped in the little supermarket to buy some bits and walk home again. The young lad serving us was so nice, we decided to give it one more try and ask him. Good for him, he drew the directions on a bit of paper and explained that we had to walk through a very narrow street and it would be around the corner stuck to a wall. Yes we found it easy enough then. There are so few streets in Beas de Granada and we felt sure we walked through them all but obviously missed that one. Also you would not have thought in a million years that it would be stuck out there.
We stopped and had a cuppa at the local coffee shop. 2 coffees for 2 euros. We call that good value. Offered more but no go. Thanks mate we will not forget you
The time came for us to walk back to the caravan park and hey presto, there was the bus going our way. We quickly hopped on, this saved us walking uphill for about 1km.
A great morning spent in a lovely enviroment with some very nice and friendly people as well. 

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