The one thing I really love in Andalucia, is the way the mountains appear, late in the day. A series of greys overlapping each other. I´ve seen this effect many times in the late afternoon. My old art teacher would have explained it as the filtering effect of the atmospere, as the distant increases, more red light is filtered from the view by dust...more
A mirador is a point where you can take in a panoramic view. The mirador in Istan, is set upon a small hilly rise just to the west of the town, set in a small park. It affords good views of the town of Istan, the steep river valley falling away below, the Sierra Blanca and Sierra de las Nieves mountains and the valley of the Embalse de la...more
A surprising find, on our walk up to the mirador, we saw this painting on the side of a house. An almost full size rendition of Pablo Picaso´s Guernica. I´m not sure what it was doing there, or if Picaso himself had ever had anything to do with Istan, I doubt. Maybe it was just someone who had strong left wing sympathies, or maybe it was just an...more
If you take a walk down to the river you pass through the agricultural district of the pueblo. Orange and patatoes are the main product of the area. I met this goatherder taking his small flock of goats and four dogs down the hill.It was a great shame that this year the price of oranges was low, most were left on the trees as it was not viable to...more
At one time the main source of water for the village, it has been restored and tidied to show its beauty. The arches on the left still have the original stones on which the women would have washed the laundry. On a warm afternoon is was a welcome source of water to cool off with, and the water is potable.In fact the name of the village, Istan,...more
Typical Andalucian white village, situated just a few miles from Marbella, but it seems to have been forgotten, not many people visit, for two reasons. The road to it has many sharp bends and takes time to travel. The road also leads nowhere, except to the village. The drive is interesting though, many places you can stop to take in the views of...more
Las Majadillas, 1, , ISTAN 29611
The ideal spot for refreshment after our walk. The cafe was mostly frequented by the locals, thats always an indication its good.
They do a great collection of Ice creams and sorbets and the coffee was pretty good too.
Sunday the day of rest, church has finished for the day... What do the locals do?My next two photos illustrate this. The ladies sit in the shade near their front doors, sewing or carrying out some other handicraft. Watching the world go by and chatting with the neighbours.more
A mountainous region north of Marbella that was made into a natural park in 1989, because of its diversity of fauna and flora. In my opinion a good thing as it will help to keep the area free from the developement that has affected so much of the coastal regions of Andalucia.The area has an average height of 1,100 meters and its highest peak, el...more