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Olvera on the white towns route


Just before Spain started to suffer from the first heat wave of this year, I made a trip through Andalucia.

In 2021, the village of Olvera was elected Capital of Rural Tourism 2021 (Capital del Turismo Rural 2021).
247 Spanish villages had registered to vote. The conditions are that the nominated village has no more than 10.000 inhabitants, is willing to create high-quality tourist facilities and has not previously entered the competition.

In 2017 Olvera had 8.153 inhabitants.
From 1910 until the 1970s, the village had more than 10.000 inhabitants. Sometime in the 1970s even more than 11.500.
The current lower number of inhabitants has everything to do with the large rural exodus that exists in Spain.

The two buildings that attract the most attention in Olvera are the Parroquia de Nuestra Se隳ra de la Encarnaci鏮 (the Parish of Our Lady of the Incarnation) and the Moorish Castle, both built on the highest places of the village.
The origin of Olvera lies around the Moorish castle from the Nasrid period of the 12th century.

Here are 4 photos of the white village with the church and the castle, seen from a distance.
It is remarkable how short the transition between fields, olive trees and the village actually is.
At the present time, Olvera is dedicated to agriculture, forestry and animal husbandry, activities that are complemented by the tourist activities.
During my visit there were mainly Spanish tourists and not immediately a real influx.

These photos were taken with a new smartphone (the old one didn't survive a few falls). These photos look beautiful on my smartphone. But on the larger computer screen you can clearly see the lack of quality.


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  • Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6885 W: 24 N: 16201] (63432)
  • Genre: 地方
  • Medium: 彩色
  • Date Taken: 2022-05-27
  • Photo Version:Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2022-06-21 23:57
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