Forgotten Bargis

Ever heard of a hamlet called Bargis? Well, it’s in the Alpujarra – in fact, it lies within the municipality of Órgiva, although, arguably, it is lost in the 19th Century.

The hamlet has only seven inhabitants, no mains water, no tarmac streets and not a hint of TV. The access road is a 2-kilometre dirt track. Bargis used to have a church, but a little over a decade ago it fell into disrepair and is presently an abandoned ruin. The cemetery is overgrown with weeds. Sounds just the ticket, doesn’t it?

The teeming human mass of Bargis residents aren’t that chuffed with the Órgiva town hall, whom it considers has abandoned them, only remembering that the hamlet exists when the local elections come round, strangely enough.
The winter storms last year caused the cemetery wall to fall down, and as the Town Hall completely ignored their pleas – they didn’t even provide the materials – the seven inhabitants repaired it themselves, funding it from their own pockets. The last burial there was eleven years ago, which is just as well as the coffin has to be borne on shoulders along a steep dirt track, which is arduous enough to earn an Olympic Bronze.

It’s no good tramping around the outskirts of Órgiva looking for the hamlet, as it is 22 kilometres away – in fact, a few years back, Bargis used to belong to Fregenite. In those days it had 130 inhabitants, a school and three bars. Bargis got its first electricity supply in 1958 and a landline telephone finally made its first appearance in 1993.

Finally, if you’re thinking of visiting this lost hamlet, best not to do it during the summer as the population triples, and who wants to have to squeeze their way through a village, teeming with 21 people?

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