This is a view from where we begin our walks with the dog. This mysteriously abandoned folly has never been inhabited & isn’t very old. Apparently it was used in the soap Eldorado as the setting for the kidnapped Pilar in one of the final episodes. There are quite a few stories as to why it was built, the most popular being that some developers wanted to build an urbanization in the area behind known as La Mota. The Ayuntamiento (town hall) would only grant permission if they built a water tower that blended in with the local area. The Water Tower made it but the Urbanization still hasn’t been built. There is a huge amount local opposition who disagree with the proposed housing estate & another unnecessary golf course being built in an area of natural beauty. We just don’t have the resources & infrastructure to cope with what we have now let alone more housing & golf greens which use up scarce water supplies.
Anyway enough ranting the resulting water tower is now a local landmark visible from most areas around including our roof terrace. I think it’s rather imposing!
The Torre de Hurique is a 12th Century farmhouse tower built by the moors who ruled in Andalucia for nearly eight centuries. They are known for introducing trade, agriculture, irrigation & hydraulic systems to the area. The function of the tower was to announce enemies & to provide protection & shelter to the people of the area. The tower itself now stands empty but there are numerous farm houses attached to it with small holdings around the area still using the irrigation systems.