THE REGION

Valle Tropical forms part of the Costa Tropical region of Andalucia, Spain.

It is as the name implies, a lush fruit growing valley, snaking up from the coast between ever higher mountainous ridges. The Rio Verde emerges from the various gorges, feeding mangoes, avocados, chirimoyos, figs and nispero fruit. Up the higher slopes grow almond and olives.

From the time of the Moorish occupation, the valley has held the same pull for fruit farmers, and now also for nature lovers, photographers, cyclists, walkers, paragliders and canyonists.

The distinguishing feature of the valley is its astonishing beauty, and unlike most southern Andalucian regions, it is sparsely populated. However, its discovery for tourism and sports has brought quality restaurants and bars to spring up along the road, especially to the village of Otivar, the gateway to the old "Goat Road" (so named for the graceful mountain goat that inhabits the crags and slopes). This road with its breath-taking scenery climbs ever higher up the valley and eventually leads the traveller to Granada (just over one hour from the coast by car).

Kitty Harri's Sculpture Garden straddles a ridge jutting out into the valley, and is located within a twenty minute drive from the coastal town of Almunecar, between the villages of Jete, Otivar and Itrabo.