By: AdamWelcome to a ‘View from the Village’, the wonderful whitewashed village of Casares. Although we are only 20 minutes from the coast, things can sometimes look and feel a little different here and I hope that this new monthly piece will reflect that. These are my personal thoughts and views, so please be gentle with any feedback.
Let’s start with a couple of easy topics, the weather and village life.
Our Spanish friends take everything the weather throws at us completely in their stride, our non-Spanish friends want to talk about it, a lot – and it is reassuring for me that our French and Irish friends check the forecast and plan accordingly, just as we do, whilst our Spanish friends have seen it all before and simply and effortlessly get on with life.
I have an App which shows the weather in Casares, Manilva and for the coast, the weather can be different. During the cooler months, it is sometimes good to know that the temperature is three or four degrees warmer on the coast and the wind is not so strong. Recently we have watched the humid air rolling in across the coast and although we have had some humid days, the village has, by and large, been a little fresher and clearer than the view from our terrace suggests is the case as you move down the windmill road.
Whatever the weather is doing, the village has predictability and routine which is difficult not to fall in love with. Although we have and will continue to miss the Ferias and Fiestas, we know they will be back. If you didn’t see the photographs from previous celebrations published by the Town Hall on 2nd August, they are worth tracking down via the website, some lovely photographs of the village and villagers reminding us how the party can go on until 06.00h and almost everyone still looks as though they haven’t yet had enough.
Casares village looks wonderful in the sunshine as I type this. Our supermarkets are open, the wonderful pharmacy staff are doing their stuff and although sadly not all of the bars and restaurants are open, a lot (most) are. The tourist information office, Casa Natal de Blas Infante, has been open for a while now and the museum is worth a visit.
Music and dance have not been completely cancelled, several concerts and dance shows have taken place. Some of the performances coincide with the Kind Nights of Casares where the Plaza de Espana is closed to traffic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 21.00h so that people can enjoy the outside space of the bars and restaurants safely. The atmosphere is welcoming and the conversation easy, even if the walk back up from the Plaza needs a good slice of courage for anyone who does not live in the historic centre.
I hope that you enjoyed this first piece from the village, enjoy the sunshine.