I am Laura Pou, landscape artist, and I could tell you the chronological history of the place but I prefer to share an emotional story of El Cortijo with you. The story of how I fell in love with El Cortijo San Francisco during a work visit.
As part of my work I restore old gardens – which is; by the way, one of the most beautiful jobs in the world – discovering native species which have existed for years in the area surrounded by some treats brought from some distant lands, which have adapted wonderfully to their new habitat.
I arrived at El Cortijo to evaluate the state of its gardens, its trees and its 80 hectares. Within a short period of time, I could not believe where I was … the silence enveloped me, that greenery invaded my senses, those cute hidden corners, some with flowers and others displaying cacti and succulent plants all bathed with Andalusian sun … I immersed myself in the contemplation of beauty. Was it really 5 minutes from the beach? It felt like the Rivers Castor and Velerín embraced a fertile land full of life. Sierra Bermeja protected me and served as a compass, at one point I felt I was in a paradise. Only the cork trees that surround them know the exact evolution of the rivers, the noise of the water, the Moorish ancestors and the last bandoleros seeking refuge there. And finally, it became a personal project. I take care of it, tenderly, and I would love to show you that it is ideal for all those who like to combine excursions with relaxation, beach with city, and who wish to enjoy the tranquillity offered by this cortijo surrounded by nature. In summer, dream among its patios, fountains, stone walls and relax near the pool, whilst in winter, curl up by the fireplace of the great hall or take refuge in a corner to enjoy a good book borrowed from our library.
This cortijo, full of details combined with the cosmopolitan Andalucian charm of the coast. It is one of the last secret refuges in this area. A secret shared with you.