Yesterday morning we drove up the A1079 from Alhabia and continued past Alboloduy winding up the mountain road to the junction with the Almeria – Granada motorway. At the junction we took the country road that drops down to the little town of Nacimiento.
Nacimiento is quite a charming town, typical of the region, but we think receives few visitors as there is only one road to the town which ends here and so it is not on any touring route, though we did notice some signs indicating walks up into the Sierra Nevada above.
The Rio Nacimiento runs below the town and there are walks along the river but we were surprised to see that the river bed was dry. Perhaps it is drained of water to irrigate the agricultural areas around Abla and Fiñana further upstream.
As you can see from the photos, Nacimiento is a town of narrow streets and traditional houses but everywhere seems to look down to the river and across to the mountains.
As usual, cats were to be found on the doorsteps. This family group included a small dog that seemed to blend in with his feline friends.
On the way back, instead of returning down the A1079, we took the mountain road AL 3407 through the pine forests but first we stopped off at a bodega, Hacienda Capellania. This small bodega products ecological wines – a red, fruity Syrah 13’9% for 4 euros a bottle and a rich Chardonnay 14% for 3 euros a bottle. We bought 3 of each.
Along this road, which carries very little traffic, there are spectacular views across the pines to the Sierra de Gador whose highest peaks still had some snow.
Eventually this road drops down through the pines to join the A1079 just before Alhabia and our cortijo. It made a pleasant circular excursion. We would like to visit Nacimiento again, probably in the spring when we sense it will be very pretty.