Cyclists below Alhabia
This morning there was a well organised mountain bike race along the lanes and river beds from Alhama to Alboloduy and back following a circular route and passing through Alhabia. We came across some of the competitors racing down a track to the rambla below Alhabia during our walk.
Jose directing traffic
Jose, the functionario from the town hall, had donned a Policia Local jacket and was directing the competitors at this point.
Alhabia this morning
We thought we had better not continue along the rambla as we and our dogs might cause a hazard for the competitors so we walked up to the top of the town. It was a beautiful day with glorious light and the temperature at 24C. We looked across Alhabia to the mountains beyond.
Hanging washing and bonfires in the campo
Women were hanging out their washing to dry in the warm sunshine while in the campo farmers were still lighting bonfires to burn the olive pruning after the harvest.
A cave house in Alhabia
There are many cave dwellings in this part of town. Some like this one are comfortable and attractive homes.
Another cave with washing
Others are more basic but all are fascinating.
Cave chimney in Alhabia
Chimneys, like this one, poke out of the uneven cave roofs which follow the contours of the land above.
Competitors entering the square in Alhabia
We noticed some of the cyclists descending the town from above and when we reached the square a small crowd had gathered to welcome the competitors as they entered the town.
A table was laid out with fruit, snacks and water so the cyclists could stop to refresh themselves.
Alhabia from the other side of the Rio Nacimiento
We decided to continue our walk on to Terque and crossed the Rio Nacimiento to take the track up to this village. Here is the view from this path looking back at Alhabia over a cortijo in ruins.
Terque was looking splendid too in the winter sunshine. This is the view across the town from where we arrived looking towards Bentarique and Illar. In the photo you can just make out the snow on the Sierra Nevada where the two mountains ranges appear to meet.
Calle Almazara, Terque
The narrow streets of Terque with their fine houses always create good images. We like this view looking down Calle Almazara with the palm trees in the background.
Water in the Rio Andarax
We walked home along the Rio Andarax. There is water here in the river now due to the snowfalls in the Sierra Nevada from which it flows.