A good book titled "Gone to Spain" written by Tom Proven details some basic facts that I regularly enjoy whilst visiting my village..... firstly he compares his local Spanish village to his village in England, to those who may have read the book and live in the area I am sure you can relate to this.. (in my own words) - Orce has a population of just over 1400 people yet it boasts 2 fish mongers, 2 butchers, several green grocers, 2 banks, a restaurant, 7 tapas bars, a supermarket, 3 bread vans, a school, a post office, its own policeman, mayor and a street cleaner. By comparison my old village of similar size has only 1 pub and a post office (now closed) what there does seem to be a lot of is yellow lines, parking zones and light pollution all of which Orce village seems to manage without.
Orce church August Fiesta
A person once said "Andalucia is 40 years behind the UK but it wont take 40 years to catch up" Our cosy white washed Andalucian villages will I think allways remain true to their traditions, its all about culture and its the people who make it what it is.
In conclusion, I love it here, the quality of life is better and not just from a finacial point of view but from a health aspect, less stress/slower pace and accepting a challenge if you like, its enjoyable learning the language and consequently making new friends and being accepted. Spanish hospitality is as such that this is an easy thing to achieve but at the same time requires effort which in my opinion is just simply polite.
Nearly forgot, Orce even has its own website... www.altipla.com/orce/