We can see the two villages of Huécija and Alicun on the mountainside across the valley from our cortijo. To reach them by car there is a turning off the Alhama de Almeria – Canjayar main road.
We thought there must be a lane by which we could walk to them and studying Google earth we deduced that we could make a circular walk to them from our home. So we set out yesterday morning.
Across the Rio Andarax, just before Terque, there is a prominent lane on the left of the river path. We took this.
The lane led up the hillside through various cortijos. There were good views in all directions of the mountains and valleys of the Rios Andarax and Nacimiento.
Most of the fincas were planted with olive and orange trees. There were a few vineyards but some of these have been abandoned or replanted with olives or oranges which is a shame as the Alpujarra Almeriense is historically famous for its grapes.
Eventually Huécija came into view and we went up to explore the village.
We discovered a charming village with pretty streets and squares with attractive old buildings.
We could see the Sierra de Gador behind as we looked up some of the narrow lanes of the village.
We walked up a lane above Huécija and reached a vineyard from which there is a lovely view of the village and church looking back down.
The vineyard was bursting with bunches of pink grapes. We have seen similar on sale in the shops and markets around here. They are a sweet table variety.
In the same vineyard there were also some vines with yellow grapes.
After refreshing ourselves in the village bar we took the road out of Huécija towards Alicun alongside which was a wide paseo which made a pleasant walk. From a mirador along the way we took this photo of Huécija through the trees.
Here is a view of Alicun as you arrive from Huécija looking over vineyards.
Alicun is smaller than its neighbour but has a pretty square with a water reservoir beside it.
Here is the village bar in the square. In both villages the bar is right next to the church so easy to find.
This fountain in front of the town hall reminded us of those in the Generlife Gardens of the Alhambra, Granada.
Also in both villages cats, which seemed to be quite tame and friendly, were sitting in the narrow streets.
We found a leafy lane which led above the village. There was an acequia water rushing down it beside the lane. At this spot old Blanquita was able to have a quick dip and refresh herself. Our two young dogs do not like running water. We presume the acequia feeds the reservoir in the town centre.
After some more refreshment sitting outside the bar at Alicun we headed back. Shortly after leaving the village towards the main Alhama de Almeria – Canjayar road we turned off down a lane to the left to make our descent to our valley below.
We met no-one en route except for this campesino on his mechanical mule. These machines are a popular form of transport for owners of cortijos as they are useful for carrying produce in their trailers and for tilling the land.
The final photo shows the two valleys converging were the Rio Nacimiento joins the Rio Andarax. The village on the left is Terque and the one on the right Alhabia, The ascent to Huécija took about an hour. We spent two hours exploring the villages, walking between them and stopping for refreshment. The descent back down from Alicun to Alhabia took another hour.