—Valle del Guadalhorce

To visit the Valle de Guadalhorce is always a good decision. A landscape full of contrasts, with plains and mountains. The railway, with orange and lemon trees alternatively planted alongside the track, crosses the country and connects with the capital on one side and with Bobadilla, in Cordoba, on the other side. The river Guadalhorce that greets the travellers who admire from the road \t6 proud waters also crosses the country. The contrasts are also present in the day-to-day life; trying to preserve the traditions without rejecting the comfort of technology, which is responsible for the important evolution, this country has experienced in the last years. You can enjoy a nice view of the valley from the Hoyo de las Colmenas, a hill ofYunquera, village of long agricultural tradition, as well as its neighbour Toiox. Here we recommend you to visit the district Barrio de la Rinconada del Castiilo, where the remains of Arabian and Roman past are visible. A past shared with Monda. The thirsty travellers are very grateful to the village of Monda for the existence of the numerous fountains: La Mea, La Jaula, La Esquina ... without forgetting La Villa, a fountain that was reached by a secret passage and used for romantic rendez-vous between Arabian Princesses and Christian Knights, Other paths, this time not hidden ones, were built as well by the Romans in Casarabonela. We can still find remains of two streets built during that time; the first connected in the south with Malaga and the second, in the west, with Ronda. Casarabonela, as weil as the neighbour villages, stands out for the steep slope of the land and the unevenness of the houses. This is so peculiar that poetic commentaries and jokes are made about it. This characteristic of the land is still present in near villages like Guaro and Alozaina, white viilages, in contrast with the surrounding green of the luxuriant woodland of the Sierra de las Nieves. The steep slopes however are no more present in Alhaurin de !a Torre. Due to its proximity to the capital it has been during many years a dormitory town. But the village's virtue made and makes that many peopSe have established their permanent homes here. From the small and narrow streets of the old district to the modern residential areas spread over the whole territory; you will find zones, where you can enjoy peace thanks to the inexistence of the disturbing noise and crowds of the big cities, but with al! the facilities of modern life. Green areas, parks and gardens are present in all these corners and beautify its image. A clear example for it is El Porton. In the early 80 's the Englishman Bryan Hartley donated to the municipality the country house where he lived until his death. After the demolition of a high wall, that surrounded the garden of the house, the neighbours could admire its incomparable botanical value. Bougainvillea, water liiies, strange shaped trees, everything is perfectly preserved in the garden of El Porton. Inside the house we can observe on the shelves Bryan's personal library. At the present, the rooms of the house are used as exhibition halls. Literature plays an important role in this place. Prove of it gave the different writers such BS Gerald Brenand or Antonio Gala who lived during many years in the country of the close Alhaurin el Grande. They discovered with their own eyes places like the fountain La Fuente de Lucena, or Doce Canos, el Porton de San Rafael or the Arabic Tower of Hurique,

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