Casa Bayacas and surrounding area
Our province is called Andalusia and the region where we live is Las Alpujarras in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The village nearby is called Bayacas.
The nearest town you will find on a map is Orgiva, 3kms from here. Bayacas is a tiny hamlet in a green valley, postcard-pretty with white houses, steep cobbled streets and an ancient church and friendly villagers. It is as if time has stood still here and simplicity prevails. Life is without ornament. The sounds, smells and tastes of our valley will stay with you long after you have left us.
It is a great environment for children. When our boys were young they were often out with their friends, playing football in the village, climbing trees, swimming and playing by the gentle stream. There is so much for kids to do. It is completely safe here, no traffic to worry about and all the “village elders” keep a lookout for the children.
The entire province of Andalusia is famous for its natural beauty and the authentic synthesis of man and environment. Wherever you go in our province you will find beautiful villages and traditional scenes; cars slow down as herds of goats cross the road and mules waddle along carrying men and produce of the land to the local market. Honking vans bring bread, vegetables, clothes, furniture and a hundred other things to sell in the outlying villages. People swim in clear cool pools of pure mountain water. Such is Andalusia
The system of channels bringing water from the high Sierra to the lower valleys was built by the Moors, and functions perfectly to this day. Each piece of farm land is served by a channel. In summer when water is scarce our “cortijo”, or farm house, is entitled to 3 hours of water per fortnight.
We store it in two large pools; one is for domestic use, the other doubles as a swimming pool and for irrigating our land. Every second week we empty the pools to water our trees, clean and refill them with fresh water.
We take our drinking water from one of the many famous local springs, a free gift from the mountains.
Our life, our land
We love: sun, peace, simplicity, nature, authenticity, hospitality, sustainability.
We try to live as naturally as possible, including wild foods, fruits and vegetables from our garden in our diet. We have abundant oranges, lemons, persimmon and nut trees. From our olive trees we easily harvest enough oil for a whole year.
We have expanded our family to include 3 dogs, Tiesto, Leukie and Pepper, one cat and a couple of free range chickens.