Fernan Perez – Los Albaricoques

El Molino de Fernan Perez

Continuing our exploration of the Parque Natural, this morning we took the road from Fernan Perez to Los Albaricoques. As we left Fernan Perez, we stopped to photograph  an old windmill that stands above the village. These windmills were important over 100 years ago when cereals were grown in the area.

Traditional animal pens

The road to Los Albaricoques is not very picturesque as there are many plastic greenhouses along here, it being just outside the limit of the Natural Park. Passing through the tiny hamlet of Los Martinez some interesting small buildings caught our eye and we stopped to read a plaque explaining their use. They were pig styes made in the traditional style from local stone. We had seen some of these small, domed constructions outside Cortizo del Montana yesterday and wondered what they were for.

Cats liked these old buildings

There were a number of friendly cats clambering around these old buildings.

The track to Presillas Bajo

When we arrived at Los Albaricoques, which is not a very attractive village, we decided to see if we could reach Presillas Bajas and make a circular route home. We found a track wandering through a narrow, fertile valley that took us in the right direction.

Along the track

The route was lush with agaves, prickly pears, wild olives, palmettos, myrtle and other shrubs and the air was fragrant with the scent of aromatic herbs. Along the way, we noticed that the rocks and boulders were covered with a rusty orange lichen.

Piles of seaweed

Eventually the landscape opened and in front of us was an old farmhouse with large piles of seeweed on the land in front.

The washing line

There was washing hanging outside so we thought that someone would be around to ask if we were on the right track. We then spotted the farmer, with a small flock of sheep, but he told us that, although the track did indeed lead to Presillas Bajas, it was not passable in a car. We retraced our journey but will return to do the whole length of the  path down the barranco on foot.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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3 Responses to Fernan Perez – Los Albaricoques

  1. angela bell says:

    I really feel so nostalgic when I see these places again.The area has a soul somethin intangeable!

  2. Anne Hartnett says:

    This place looks really old and full of new ideas for painting

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