Algatocín was the final destination of my trip to Andalucía in June 2019. After that I only went for a swim in Benalmádena to hurry and go to the airport of Málaga back home to the Netherlands. Algatocín is beautifully located in the mountains and, believe it or not, it was worth the extra 75 minutes drive from Tarifa to Malaga Airport.

Algatocín, 23rd of June 2019. Photo: Casper Molenaar

The know disputed photo: is this "Algatocín" or not?, 1914-'19. Photo: Kurt Hielscher.

With less than 1000 inhabitants, Algatocín is not quite small, so if it was possible to find a needle in a haystack somewhere, it should be possible here, I thought, referring to my revious visits to Tarifa, Arcos de la Frontera and Vejer de la Frontera. I started my search with full confidence. Asking locals around, soon it turned out that the photo from Kurt Hielscher was a familiar one here, as is the dispute about it. The photo has been claimed by both Algatocín and nearby Benarabbá, even on Mayor level, I was told. When this became clear to me, I immediately stopped my quest and decided to stroll around as any other tourist. Ofcourse, when others living here were not even sure about it, I did not have the illusion to be able to find the place myself, although it might have been supercool if I could have solved the dispute. Algatocín is a beautiful place, with a very special view on it from the Mirador del Genal and I really enjoyed it though my visit was not successful regarding rephotographing page 76 of the oldest photoalbum of Kurt Hielscher. Kurt Hielscher used "Algatocín" as subscription below this photo. There are other examples of mistakes in his books so it is possible that he went wrong here too.

Algatocín, 23rd of June 2019. It could be the alley where Kurt Hielscher made his photo, like plenty of other alleys here in Algatocín or in lots of other villages in the region. Photo: Casper Molenaar.

Algatocín. Did Kurt Hielscher make his photo here or somewhere else? That question remains.

In the footsteps of  Kurt Hielscher