Flavours of Spain

Fuente Agria, near Portugos


A chapel, mineral spring and a waterfall....


Mineral springs are common throughout the Alpujarras region. Most of them are ferruginous and are referred to as ‘sour waters’. They are immediately recognisable as the ground is stained orange. The waters were a popular cure for anaemia as well as kidney and liver problems.

The springs of Fuente Agria are by the side of the A-4132, the road between Pampaneira and Trevelez, near the small settlement of Portugos. By the side of the road is the small white painted Ermita de la Virgen de las Angustias. The chapel is locked but peering through the small metal grille, the altar with its painting of Our Lady of Sorrows holding the dead body of Christ can just be made out above the altar. 
 
Ermita de la Virgen de las
                Angustias, Fuente Agria

Ermita de la Virgen de las Angustias, Fuente
                Agria

The spring is behind the chapel. The water flows out of the hillside. Next to it is a small fountain.  Not only is the water effective for spleen, liver, kidney and intestine ailments, it is also supposed to help with arthritic pain as well as melancholy and hypochondria...

Fuente Agria

Fuente Agria

Fuente Agria

Across the road, a footpath leads down through the trees to El Chorrerón, a small waterfall. This is set in a ravine with ivy trailing down the sides and ferns growing. 

El Chorrerón  El Chorrerón

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