The 18th century Cortijo del Fraile (The Friar’s Estate) is a wonderfully atmospheric spot in Cabo de Gata Natural Park with a dark secret. The farmstead was the site of the tragic Crime of Nijar, the murder which inspired Lorca to write Blood Wedding. Scenes from The Good the Bad and the Ugly and several other films were also shot here. Photo by Enkayte on Flicr.
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One of Andalucia’s most emblematic buildings is being allowed to tumble into the ground. Despite nearly a decade of protests, work has still not begun to save the El Cortijo del Fraile, in Nijar, Almeria. Olive Press