What is Club Hombre?

My social observations in La Alpujarra bring to mind a chapter in the excellent book, ‘Ghosts of Spain’, by author and Guardian journalist, Giles Tremlett. The chapter is entitled “men and children first”. Harking back to the Titanic disaster of 1912, Joseph Bruce Ismay, chairman of the White Star Line, ensured he was rescued ahead […]

How to alienate your Alpujarran neigbours

Before leaving England to move to Spain, I was a city girl. With that as my background, I decided to buy a house in Lanjarón – a spa town with around 3,500 inhabitants that has the world’s highest life expectancy because of its mountain water, which is bottled and sold throughout France and Spain. I […]

Coming to La Alpujarra

I first visited La Alpujarra in the early 2000s with a group of friends from Brighton. We were invited by a couple who had bought land near a small village called Lobras and were rebuilding a ruin to make it their home. Just before departing for this holiday, I’d fallen out with my boyfriend of […]