While Ubrique is a town known best for fine leather, its charm rivals – if not exceeds – its manufacturing fame. Clinging to a hilltop in Spain’s Sierra de Cádiz, Ubrique at night provides a mix of beauty and intrigue, with its stone streets curving around the white buildings characteristic of the region. I spent a quiet Friday night in January scaling Ubrique’s angled alleys and photographing the sights and scenes I encountered.
Ubrique’s center is one of the better-lit areas in the evening hours and the backdrop for the mix of religious structures, restaurants and private homes is dramatic (pictured in the first image of this post and the one below). The Ermita de San Pedro is an excellent example of neoclassic architecture on the nearby Calle Beato Diego de Cádiz.
The Convento de Capuchinos now houses Ubrique’s Museo de la Piel (“Leather Museum”), where visitors can view the largest leather wallet in the world and gain an interesting perspective into the town’s most famous product.
The route to the top of Ubrique is steep, but the silence of each empty pathway is special and seems a peek into another life.
Once at the top of the Spanish town, its nighttime appeal is evident, with an illuminated peak and red roofs all around.
The walk down to the center of town was just as interesting and presented some new sides of Ubrique. Plants and a dash of blue provided color and life to the quiet white walls, which also displayed some historical character.
As the end of the excursion neared, I was fortunately quick enough to capture my favorite image from the evening. The dinnertime calm was broken by a boy in a green jacket, who sprinted into my line of view. Before he disappeared down some steps into an alley moments later, he slowed just long enough for me to focus and click. I’m sure his mother would have been relieved at the caution exhibited.
Many thanks to the Grupo de Desarrollo Rural de la Sierra de Cádiz for hosting me and for providing me the opportunity to experience Ubrique at night.