Yesterday Morning we visited Canjayar, one of the three large towns, together with Alhama de Almeria and Laujar de Andarax, of La Alpujarra Almeriense.
Typical street in Canjayar
Every town, whatever its size, in this region has its own identity. The narrow, steep streets lined with old houses, though, are very typical of La Alpujarra.
Old street with the ermita above
We have visited Canjayer briefly several times but on this occasion decided to explore its warren of narrow streets. In this photo you can see the ermita on the top of the hill above the town.
Canjayar street with cat
Here we only passed a few elderly people and, of course, cats.
This is a pretty little placate we passed through.
Towards the edge of town
Canjayar hangs above a ridge looking over the valley of the Rio Andarax and we walked down the lanes towards the edge of town.
Digby thought this blue door with the blue sky made an interesting composition and colour statement
Looking over the olive mill, La Almazara de Canjayar
Below the town is the olive mill, La Almazara de Canjayar, which we called in to check the procedure for bringing in our olives. We will have about 2000 kilos to harvest in a month’s time. Although it is connected to mains electricity the mill has three vast banks of solar panels to lessen the impact on the environment and keep down energy costs. In this photo you can see the mill and in the distance the Sierra Alhamilla above Nijar.
Looking towards Ohanes and the Sierra Nevada
There is a narrow lane separating the houses on the edge of town from the ridge. In this photo you can see the town of Ohanes in the hills with the Sierra Nevada behind.
Looking towards the Sierra de Gator from the edge of town
Here is the view from the other end of this lane with the Sierra de Gador behind.
Fuente in the Plaza Nueva
In the town centre there are a couple of small squares. In the Plaza Nueva this statue of a nymph sits in the middle of the fuente contrasts with the statue of the man collecting grapes behind.
The church tower rom the Plaza de la Constitución
In the other square, the Plaza de la Constitución. The church dominates.
On the way back we stopped to visit the next village, Ragol.
The Main Street in Ragol
Although we have passed it many times this was our first visit. A narrow main street has attractive buildings and the town hall can be identified by the flags outside.
Houses lining the square in Ragol
At the end of the main street we walked into a small plaza with these interesting houses.
Calle del Pueblo, Ragol
Higher up in the village the streets become narrower and the buildings less grand. This is a corner of Calle del Pueblo.
Cat on a mechanical mule
As usual we encountered several mechanical mules. We took this photo in a rincon of the town to illustrate that cats as well as campesinos can ride them.
Cats under jasmin, Ragol
Cats, as in all the villages, occupy the streets more than humans. At the top of the village we saw these two under a jasmine tree.
Canjayar from Ragul
From here you can look back at Canjayar and the Sierra Nevada.
Church tower, Ragol
This is a good view of the church tower. The church was built in the 16th Century. probably on the site of an old mosque.