El Cortijo de la Fuentecilla is a private residence and nothing in this website is
intended to solicit tourism of any kind. Morisco or Múdejar in origin but much altered,
at the time it was bought by a Russo-
The family from whom it was bought
A traditional Andalus salon but the hearth is not!
A typical Andalus extended family farmed the land outlined in the top image above, tenant peasants without machinery using donkey and mule. They kept a few sheep, pigs, goats and chickens, mostly grew grains, chickpeas and vegetables. They lived in two rooms that opened directly into animal stalls, a harsh existence within a nationalist regime that penalised Andalucía economically for political dissent during a bitter civil war.
Left: planting in 1970, older olives foreground and young eucalyptus mid left; a then new villa (centre top) ‘El Cubito’ now has a comely grove of trees. Right: Fuentecilla planting in 2009, 39 years later seen from ‘El Cubito’. Trees here have stunted lives.
Before the days of Natural Park status parcels of land were developed with modest villas, many since enlarged and assumed the title ‘cortijo’ as desirable. There are two real cortijos (Andalus farms) in this valley, ‘La Fuentecilla’ and ‘El Capitano’. El Capitano is derelict. Its finca has become home for apiaries. Increasing trespass over the land by vehicles that do not keep to established tracks is increasing erosion rapidly and destroys some of the more interesting flora that colonises open ground; it gets crushed to extinction (see Conservation).
One of the more fragile and interesting ‘African’ plant colonisers that get destroyed under tyres, Caralluma europea.
Tranquility here has many ways. Scenery induces its own sense of security within
ranges of gentle valleys and hills. Enclosing mountains, atmospheres of light, air
and humidity create a seeming infinitely variable sequence of change. Also possibly
there exists a geophysical energy which induces positive feel-
Breakfast on the terrace watching dawn transform itself through sunrise, anticipating the daily walk through the hills, makes the best possible start to any day.
Sentinels at Sunrise
Cortijo la Fuentecilla summer sunrise with Cerro de los Limones, a caldera wall, behind
Cortijo La Fuentecilla is small. Generally the size of farms was dictated by the
capability of the finca to support people. Most in this area have been much modified
by incomers, Fuentecilla included. That belonging to the original Montoya-
People familiar with Morocco comment that Fuentecilla looks like farms there. Most
of what you see in this slightly romantic image is modern, since 1968. In Rodal-
Fuentecilla sits comfortably on one of the many hydrothermal mounds formed during collapse of the large caldera, later penetrated by the two resurgent volcanoes of El Fraile