In the region of the Vega
El Cortijo del Pino is a “country home¨ where the land has been tilled over the years with various irrigated crops. At the end of the nineteenth century sugar beet was the primary crop, and later, hemp and linen were introduced. In recent decades, our family began to cultivate tobacco, a crop that became very relevant in this area, and soon became one of the primary crops to be cultivated in the Vega of Granada. It was at this time, when we added several annexed buildings that were necessary for the drying of the tobacco, which can still be seen today next to the property.
The main body of the house is a square. It is structured around an indoor patio, with stone columns of different heights and dovecote torrent. Connected by a narrow passage it leads into the second patio or courtyard, this area originally was used for agricultural needs such as storing hay, grains ect. It is in this same area, that you will also find the original corral used for housing livestock, dairy, chickens.
The move towards diversification
Successive inheritance and land parceling was the beginning of the decline of profitability of the property. This and the abandonment of usage of the majority of the building slowly ended up in deterioration of the building, and making it impossible to maintain. Thus, in order to conserve the building, the adaptation of the Cortijo for Rural Tourism was a decisive move. In 1998, we began the process of the restoration of some of the most deteriorated parts of the Cortijo, and little by little we have been able to recover and restore the majority of the building. As of today, we offer four houses for your accommodation. “Los Atrojes” situated around the patio with the columns; “Cuadra” and “Tinao”, occupying what used to be the cowshed, and the tower, which was used for drying fruit, and the dovecote. During the entire process our intention has been to recover the majority of the existing constructive elements and give value to the entire building.
In 2007, some the original lands that belonged to the Cortijo del Pino, were put back into use, with certified organic productions producing agriculture that is sustainable, and respectful to the environment, making our contribution to healthy eating. In 2009 we planted 30 acres of fruit trees: apples, pears, plums and apricots, with the idea of offering a variety of fruit throughout the summer and supplying local markets. It was in 2011, as an integrant part of the ecological producers and consumers association, Vergel de la Vega, we marketed our products to different consumer groups in the city and participate in the Ecomercado of Granada that is held on the first Saturday of each month.
We also have in el Cortijo, a small point of sale of local products, and conserves for our clients if they wish to purchase something during their stay.
In the future
It is our goal to make each and every day our property more sustainable, and to continue to grow in accordance with our existing resources, taking care of what we have and valuing all of this heritage that we have been so fortunate to manage.
Plano Cortijo del Pino [PDF]
El edificio está catalogado como elemento arquitectónico de interés de la provincia de Granada y recogido en el libro editado por la Consejería de Obras Públicas y Transportes “Cortijos, haciendas y lagares. Arquitectura de las grandes explotaciones agrarias de Andalucía”, 2003 El tilo que hay junto al aljibe está también catalogado por la Junta de Andalucía y recogido en su publicación “Especies singulares de Andalucía”.
Finca certifica por Agrocolor, entidad de certificación de Agricultura Ecológica autorizada por la Junta de Andalucía con número: AG-02/844/CI-1 con fecha de inscripción 1 de Octubre de 2007.