About the Olive Oil Production Cooperative HERE IN PINOS DEL VALLE – SCA San Roque
We thought our followers might be interested to read about the Olive Oil Mill which is located at the top of our village here in Pinos del Valle. The mill has recently started producing a premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil called OroValle and have a website with lots of information about the production process and the cooperative itself. As the website is in Spanish we thought we’d give you an outline in English but if you’d like to know more just visit the website and use good old google translate to read the contents in English (or any other language for that matter).
The Cooperative San Roque can be found on the top road (Juncal) of Pinos del Valle, and is the producer of the Orovalle brand of extra virgin olive oil.
The Cooperative was created in 1943 and is comprised of over 200 farmers from the local area, who, following the tradition of their ancestors, care for the land and its produce with the same passion as those before them. The current mill has adapted to modern times, providing the most modern technology to guarantee quality of the product, and always meeting the most demanding of regulations. For more information about the San Roque mill and how they produce this liquid gold please visit their website:
Orovalle Extra Virgin Oil
This premier olive oil comes from the ancient olive groves of the Lecrín Valley here in the heart of Granada. Among the many treasures that this paradise offers, the most precious of fruit stands out – the olive. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil Orovalle, is produced at the Cooperativa San Roque in Pinos del Valle. This product is excellent quality and the taste obtained comes from the Lechín olives used.
ABOUT The Lecin Olive
This is a productive variety of olive with great adaptability – it tolerates cold and drought and its maturation is later than other varieties. Its small fruits offer great resistance to detachment, making harvesting difficult and expensive. Its pale yellow oil contains a good level of healthy fat with a sweet and very fluid flavor, which is well renowned in the area.
Orovalle is characterized as Lechín monovarietal. Its origin comes from the cultivating of centuries-old olive trees of the Lecrín Valley, which alternate on the terraces with citrus and other fruit trees. This gives the oil its unique personality with a different flavor and aroma to that of other oils. For more information about Orovalle olive oil please visit their website.
For anyone visiting Pinos and wanting to take some of this unique product with them to savour at home, bottles can be purchased directly from the San Roque Cooperative at the top of the village – a half litre bottle costs 6 euros.
GranadaRuralSur is a Tourism Association of Valle de Lecrín, created in 2005, composed of a group of businessmen and entrepreneurs in this region south of Granada whose activities are related to rural tourism. The main objective of the association is to promote the region inside and outside our borders. The region of Valle de Lecrín is a region located in the central part of the province of Granada, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. This region consists of eight municipalities: Niguel Albuñuelas, Dúrcal, Lecrín (where Talará, Murchas, Chite, Béznar, Acequias and Mondújar integrated), El Padul, El Pinar (composed Pinos El Valle and Izbor), El Valle (With Melegis, Restábal and Saleres) and Villamena (with Cónchar and Cozvijar).
The association has been created to help the visitor to the Valley of Lecrín find out what is on offer in the way of activities, bars, restaurants, accommodation etc. It also provides information about the rich culture, historical, natural and geological heritage of this region.
In the Valley of Lecrín there are paths of lush vegetation, peaks that pass from 3000 meters, ‘orchards’ full of orange trees smelling of orange blossom, old mills that still work, and a long list of places to visit.
The range of tourism services is composed of cozy rural houses distributed throughout the region; Small hotels and rural hostels; Restaurants where you can taste great local dishes; Wineries to enjoy the wine of the area; A balnerario and multiple companies dedicated to active tourism such as climbing, horse riding routes, walking and cycling, etc.
The route Boabdil is the best way to explore the Lecrin Valley. The route covers 113.11 km and can be completed in stages of 7 to 12 km that joins together the 18 villages of the Valley.
If you’re planning on doing some outdoor activities such as walking, trekking, scrambling or mountaineering during the months of July or August here in Southern Spain you need to slap on the sun screen and take plenty of fluids with you as it gets HOT. The ideal time to enjoy the great outdoors around here is Winter, Spring or Autumn when the temperatures are a little gentler than now, however if your only chance of visiting this area is during the height of summer then you may want to consider exploring the higher walking routes up in the Sierra Nevada or high above the Alpujarra as temperatures can be 10 degrees+/- lower than down here in the valley.
If you are in Lanjaron the tourist office there has plenty of information on walking routes available as does the ski area up in the Sierra Nevada (this area isn’t just for skiing – there are activities going on up there all year round – walking, mountain biking etc).
If you feel a little nervous about exploring on your own then perhaps consider some guided walking with Spanish Highs – they are highly experienced and knowledgeable about the area and our guests have been very impressed and thoroughly enjoyed their time with them.
UPDATE – SPANISH HIGHS NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR THEIR WINTER ALPINE MOUNTAINEERING SURVIVAL COURSE.
If you’re unable to come out to Spain for your summer holiday but want to enjoy the great outdoors in the UK then why not contact Ron and Hilary at Summitreks Adventure Centre which is situated on the shores of Coniston Water in the heart of the Lake District National Park. From Summitreks main base in Coniston they deliver activity programmes and courses anywhere in the Lake District. If you book any activities with them please mention you heard about Summitreks from us at Casa Molino Guesthouse in Pinos del Valle.
Whatever you decide to do this summer, have a great time and enjoy the great outdoors.
Pinos del Valle will be featuring on the next episode of A Place In The Sun – Winter Sun on Wednesday 21st January 2015 at around 3pm. Set your Sky+ to record and watch at your leisure.
Well after a very mild October, November finally brought us the cold air and snow high up on the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We managed to postpone the lighting of the log burner until 2nd November but then our resolve broke and we now have a warm snug lounge every evening when we light the fire. The days continue to be bright and sunny with the odd day of rain but the temperatures have certainly dropped. One minute we are walking about in shorts, t-shirt and sandles and the next we are in jeans and jackets! The nights are drawing in now and by 6.30pm it’s dark so we make sure Ginger gets her walk before the light goes.
Work continues on the top floor and the landing area is nearly finished – hubby has worked really hard to get this done and we are off this week to get stair tiles ordered so he can carry on and fingers crossed by January we will have a completed stairway & landing to the top floor. Then work commences on the 3rd bedroom & bathroom. Fingers crossed by May this might be finished. We are already starting to think about renting the rooms out and you may have noticed by our website that it’s been reconfigured with some info. about the Guesthouse posted. This is a work in progress and subject to continual updates until we are ready to open but it gives an idea of what will be on offer. So if you fancy a long weekend break or a few days up on the ski slopes give us a call and we will get you booked in.
Well the heat of summer has gone and we now have more comfortable temperatures. This week storms were forecast for the Granada area but so far we only had a small downpour last night with a spot of tunder & lightening. Supposed to be a few more stormy showers today and then sunshine & cloud for the rest of the week with temperatures around 22 degrees – wonderful.
We had our annual wood delivery the other week so we are now well stocked for the winter when it arrives (seems mad stocking up with wood when it’s 30 degree heat but it’s worth it – nice dry wood ready to go).
Work on the house continues and we are on the last part – the top floor at the front of the house. The chapa roof is being lined out with 3 different types of insulation and the decorative beams are up and the wood panelling going in slowly. Once all that’s done I think the new internal walls are next which will also be insulated. All in all probably 6 months of work ahead but all being well by April 2015 we will be ready to start renting out rooms!!!! Over the winter we’ll be starting to work on info for the website etc and waiting to see what the new rules are from the Junta de Andalucia for holiday rentals.
I’m planning a trip back to the UK at the beginning of December to see family & friends and to soak up all the festive atmosphere leading up to Christmas so hopefully I’ll get to have a drink with one or two of you.
Well that’s all for now – enjoy any warm weather that is left and have a great Autumn with all the changing colours that it brings.
Apologies for not updating the blog for such a long time 🙁 Work on the house has been progressing well and after a long 6 months of work the new guest suite is now finished!!! We are really pleased with it and was well worth all the hard work (on hubbys part). It was recently christened when our old friend & his son visited and both guest rooms were tried out and given the thumbs up.
Our next job after our friends visit was to redecorate our own living quarters and I’m happy to say that our bedroom, bathroom & lounge are all now freshly decorated and looking good. The log burner has been given a good sweep out and polish so fingers crossed this winter we won’t be suffering with smoke billowing out into the lounge everytime the door is opened.
As usual the summer has arrived with hot weather and the village is currently getting prepared to kick off with the annual summer fiesta this Thursday evening and it will go on till Sunday night. The office is ready for Ginger to escape to and hide from the noise of the rockets, fireworks and marching bands. Peace will return by Monday.
Work has now started on the final part of the house on the top floor to create the last bedroom & ensuite and access to the guest terrace (stairs are there but it’s more a building site at the moment). Fingers crossed and if all goes well we might have it finished by the Spring and be ready to start receiving paying guests. The new rules for renting out property/rooms will be made available later in the year so we’ll see what we need to do to get registered. In the meantime we’ll crack on with the work.
Hope you all enjoy your summer whatever you are up to and hopefully my next post will be a little sooner – probably Christmas!
Where does the time go nowadays. Doesn’t seem 5 minutes since we were celebrating last Christmas and here it comes again!
We’ve managed to get loads done this year on the house – mainly due to lack of other paid work, and by June all the hallway and landing had been finished. It’s so nice to walk in to a lovely finished hallway and not a building site! I’ve been busy painting etc and during the summer we concentrated on some remedial work on the terrace to hopefully fixed the leak above our bed when it rains. So far so good but not had a lot of rain yet (November and still in the low 20’s during the daytime!). All the terraces and patio have been painted this year and we took the last small roof off which was at the side of the metal stairs leading up to our terrace – to make use of the space we’ve created a new store area (nicknamed El Shed) with a small sloping roof – this gives us some more outside storage up there. We also took out the old chimney which passed through the office down to what will be the 2nd guest bedroom. This has created more space in the office and we redecorated that after the work was finished. We’ve also had to rebuild the pillars on our terrace and replace the decorative brickwork with some nice new iron railings – made by hubby of course. I think it looks better now as it seems to open up the views from the terrace down into the valley below. Now we’re into Autumn the next job is the 2nd guest bedroom/bathroom. Hubbys just spent the last week removing the old flaky paint off the ceilings in there and knocking some more walls out. Fingers crossed by May 2014 it will be ready for our friends & family that will be visiting us.
I thought last year we might have the new central heating system (fired by the special log burner in the hallway) up and running by now but alas no – think that will be next winter – we’ll get there in the end. This will get done when we start the last job of reforming the 3rd floor area at the front of the house which leads out on to the guest terrace – this will give us the final 3rd bedroom. Finally, when this has been done we can more or less say we are finished and hopefully start the B&B – if we have any money or energy left.
My mum finally came out to visit in May and had a lovely time – we did the Alhambra, Alpujarra, coast etc. and she is hoping to come back next May for another visit (the weather was just right for her – not too hot). Next year we have some other friends coming to stay in June for a long weekend and they haven’t seen the house since we first started it in 2006 so will have a very big surprise.
Well here we are and it’s Easter already! Weather here this year has been VERY windy and we’ve had quite a bit of rain so the surrounding countryside is looking very lush and green. The temperature is slowly on the up and some spring flowers have appeared to brighten the place up.
Since our last post it’s been busy with work on the house and work has commenced on the hallway. The walls have been sorted and rendered and the staircase is now being remodled and hopefully by the summer we will have a nice entrance space rather than a building site!
My god where has the time gone???? Already half way through January and Christmas seems a distant memory. Can’t believe it was August when I last posted on here – so tardy – getting worse in my old age. I can report that the new utility/store has been finished since July – all painted and working wonderfully. Since finishing that we have also renovated part of the old mill area where the old press used to stand (and where we used to store the sand & rubble) that is now the new satellite equipment room and the old area has been cleared ready for the spring/summer to start work on the 2nd guest bedroom area. Till then hubby has also finished our new book case on the stairs which is in the gap where we blocked up the old entrance to the kitchen. I’ve been able to unpack 4 more boxes and found books I’d forgotten I had! Now he’s working on yet another store area in the old mill bit which when finished means we can store stuff like the bikes, snowboards, etc out of the way and close a door on it to keep everything relatively dust free. Once that’s done (possibly in a couple of weeks time) then I think he is going to start on the hallway & stairs. We want to get this done so that everytime you walk into the house you don’t feel like you’re walking into a building site. As the 2nd guest bedroom is towards the back of the house we can keep the doors closed on that and out of sight whilst the work is going on there in the summer. As we have to take out an old chimmney which passes through the office and down to the guest bedroom we want to wait till the dry warm weather before we start as we’ve decided to put new roof tiles on that section of roof too (the only bit with old tiles). Not looking forward to the mess but in the scheme of things not a lot compared to before. Will have to clear out the office for the work but it’ll give me a chance to tidy up and redecorate in there and once the chimmney is out it’ll give a bit more space. It would be nice to think that by next winter we’ll have the central heating going (running off the log burner with back boiler in the hallway) and 80% of the work on the house done. If we could start taking paying guests by 2014 that would be great as money is getting tight now and we need the house to start paying us back with an income.
Our TV work has now gone quiet – which is not usual in the winter but an added worry is that come the summer all the BBC, ITV, Ch4 etc. will disappear down here in southern Spain. They are moving the channels over to new satellites and these will have a much tighter beam over the UK and less overspill here in Spain. What this means is that unless you can afford or have the space for a satellite dish of 3m or more then bye bye BBC etc. On a positive note, there will be some English channels left (free & pay by Sky) that we will be able to get as they are rumoured to be moving to the new European beam on the new satellites which will give us stronger signals on these channels. As with all technology stuff is moving on apace and it looks like the way to go for BBC etc will be via internet but until we know more in the summer we are advising people to wait and see what’s available in August as new stuff is coming online all the time. These satellite changes will either kill our business dead or open up new opportunities which we are unaware of at the moment. Till then we’ll crack on with the work on the house and see if we can spin the savings out a bit further till it’s finished.
My friend came out to see us in October (just as the rains arrived so not a sunny trip for her apart from her last day here!) for a few days and then 4 days later hubbys mum & dad arrived for a 2 week visit and the sun shone all the time they were here and temperatures were in the high 30’s for some of the time – couldn’t wish for better weather in October considering the start to it!!
I had a nice week back in the UK at the end of November, seeing family & friends and catching up on stuff. Got a few bits done and some last minute Christmas shopping. It’s been 3 years since our last visit and for me too long – think I need to make a trip back once a year (hubby stayed home with Ginger as didn’t fancy going back – was fine by me as I could do all the stuff I wanted to – like shopping and going out with my friends!!!).
Weather here has been relatively mild so far and as a result the almond blossom has been out since the beginning of January which is very early. However we’ve got some strong cold winds blowing now so not sure how the blossom will hold up against it. Despite a wet start to October the weather has been quite dry over the last month or so but I see rain is forecast for end of this week and into next so looks like dry spell over. Will be good for the campo though and also the ski resort (not that we’ll be going up as breaking his ankle has put hubby off snowboarding for the time being! Perhaps when all the work on the house is done he’ll think about going again).
Well that’s all for now folks. No doubt it’ll be summer by the time I get around to posting another update.