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A description of life in the village of Pruna, nestled in the Andalusian mountains of Seville

Village life in the Andalusian mountains

Pruna versus Olvera, pros and cons
02 September 2014 @ 14:37

The two villages are only 6 kilometers apart, but there are fundamental differences between the two.

So which is the one for you? Well, it all depends on what will make you happy, so if you want a larger village then it has to be Olvera, with a population of 8,500 is is more than four times the size of Pruna. This means four times more bars, restaurants, and Brits, so if you a very social animal then Olvera will suit you better, if you want a quieter life then Pruna is for you.

Pruna is so small that you quickly get to know the inhabitants, but the foreign population (Icelandic, American, Belgium, Dutch, Russian, English, Chinese, and Welsh) are less than 3% of the population. This smaller group of ex pats can mean that the pool of similarly minded people is reduced, not quite enough people to arrange for clubs and classes, enough that you will groups of Brits in the bars.

In Pruna still see donkeys used to carry things, people ride horses through the village regularly. It is a working Andalucian village and really authentic.

Olvera is a major tourist attraction, being one of the Pueblo Blanco's, in fact being the queen of the Pueblo Blanco's. Being so large it has escaped the devastation that has happend to the other Blancos, which are full of tourist tat, Olvera has kept it's personality, it just gets a bit crowded on the street occasionally. And parking is hell. The streets can be staggeringly steep.

Out of the holiday times I can walk out around Pruna most days and not bump into another ex pat during the daytime, I like that. But if you want more choice of daytime company the Olvera has the bigger ex-pat community simply because it four  times larger. Evenings you can find groups of expats in both villages

Olvera has a more arty ex-pat population, and Pruna has a more retired population plus a couple of photographers and tech types. The 'gad abouting' techies I know like it because there are no distractions, and there you have it, a small authentic village with no distractions. However at the moment I know of  two artists and performers moving into Pruna, so perhaps pruna will soon have it's own artists colony (in order to be witty here I looked up the collective noun for artists, and it is  . . . . . colony . . . . , oh the bitterness)

Health wise both Olvera and Pruna have a 24 hour health centre, I have only used the Pruna one and it is excellent.

Public transport wise Olvera has many more buses going to Malaga, Ronda, and Cadiz, Pruna has two buses a day to Seville and to Olvera. But the Pruneans just get lifts to Olvera, the 6 kilometers is no real problem. (I hitchhike there)

Both Olvera and Pruna have very low priced properties, the benefit of being 90 minutes away from every major airport means that it is on the fringes of easy travel. But you get much more bang for your buck in Pruna, much bigger houses with more outside space for the same or lower price. This also means that the population of Olvera tend to be wealthier and continue to travel even after buying in Olvera.

The Pruna swimming pool is much nicer than the Olvera one, but the Olvera one has a nicer restaurant by the pool. The Pruna market on a Friday is much bigger than the Saturday Olvera market, which only sells clothes.

Pruna has many more squares than Olvera, something I hadn't noticed but was pointed out to me by a newcomer, it means you can always find somewhere beautiful to sit all over the village, which can be hard in Olvera.

Olvera has a Mercadona and several small DIA's as well as the local supermarkets, Pruna has several small local supermarkets and a Coviron. They both have similar DIY shops etc.

With the exception of one street (which I, of course, live on) Pruna is much flatter than Olvera. This is of concern to some people who dislike vertical climbs to their homes.

And I don't know if this makes any difference to anyone, but Olvera is in Cadiz county, and Pruna is in Seville county.


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Lagalesa said:
18 September 2014 @ 12:59

An interesting comparison - we looked at houses in both villages and hope we have chosen the right one! In any event, we shall have a car, so Olvera is only 5 minutes away for whatever it has that Pruna lacks!

kyle1911 said:
17 March 2015 @ 22:05

Hi, just wondering how many bars and restaurants there are in Pruna. I know that you said it was more low key than Olvera but just wondered by how much. We are coming over in April to look at properties. Plus any other good advice.

christineinseville said:
17 March 2015 @ 22:19

Pruna has many bars, a quick mental count gives me 12. Most of teh bars sell food from early toll 3pm ish (this is normal throughout non tourist spain) and 8pm to much later. In Pruna there are two 'nice bars, heated in winter, ice cream, nice seating, they are Bambu Bar, and Raco (Mother owns one, son the other , but they argued, don't ask ha ha)

There are two 'nice' restaurants, Bogaditas, and the Hostal. For good food there. is also Coloroso Ratones, and bar Campo. The best breakfast is from Bar Antonio, but they have no outside space, so I save it for rainy days or when it is so hot that a shady interior is lovely.

If eating out is going to be a major part of your life in Andalucia the Olvera will suit you better, but if you want a leisurely stroll down for tapas and a beer, and the occasional meal then Pruna will suit you just fine.

You will not hear many English voices in bars in Pruna, I like that, but you may not. Horses for courses. any more questions ask away.

kyle1911 said:
18 March 2015 @ 21:11

Thanks so much for that. Please may I have your email address so that I can message you in more detail. Many thanks.

Jonny said:
30 August 2018 @ 23:24

There are loads more break ins in olvera than in pruna. I have lived in prune for years now and have know of no burgerlers but my friends in olvera have been robbed.

onlooker said:
30 October 2018 @ 21:37

Jonny, yes the Spanish locals in Olvera maybe dodgier than the Pruna Spaniards, but the Pruna Brits, the Pissed Posse,are infamous in the area.

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