La Sauceda is a tiny village in the hills of Cádiz that was bombed and then abandoned during the civil war. It has since been partially restored for rural tourism. The rebuilt houses are simple stone boxes. Amenities include four walls, a roof and a chimney. Their charm lies in their location; an idyllic valley tucked in the heart of Los Alcornocales Park and a kilometer from the nearest road. This type of isolation is difficult to find in Spain.
The restored cabins look like this,
but most are gently blending back into the landscape.
Because of La Sauceda’s isolation, it was the perfect hideout for thieves and revolutionaries. According to many sources, during the civil war of 1936-1939 it was bombed by the Germans on behalf of Franco although the village just a speck of dust on the map. Our historian friends claim this isn’t true. So is the history of the Spanish civil war; depending on the political party of the source’s author, the facts vary.
What IS always true, even the smallest of villages, full of thieves and heathens, has an impressive church.
The whole valley is lush and blooming after the winter rains. What a wonderful change from our city apartment life. Green grass to run in, bugs to catch, rocks to throw; just the environment a Canadian seeks for her son’s enjoyment. So where did Yago spend all his time during our visit to La Sauceda? Playing with the handle of the garbage can.
But we did do some hiking,
to stretch our legs,
and get a little wind in our hair.