Lucainena de las Torres

Lucainena de las Torres

This morning we drove past Nijar and up through the Sierra de Alhamilla in search of almond blossom. The winding, narrow road took us through barren, mountainous country until we alighted at last on the village of Lucainena de las Torres.

Almond blossom and palm at Lucainena

There were not a great many almond trees, and only the early flowering, white varieties were in bloom, while the later varieties, with pink flowers, were still in bud.

Pots and people in the sun

The village though looked very pretty in the winter sunshine.

Even the tattiest walls have pots of geraniums

In the quaint streets, many pots of colourful geraniums hang on the walls of the traditional old houses and ….

The church at Lucainena

…. there is a fine old church.

The old workings

At the end of the 19th Century the village was the centre of a mining industry.

The last remaining chimney

Iron ore was extracted here and a railway constructed to take the ore to the port at Agua Amarga.

The old kilns

The old kilns which transformed raw hematite into much richer material still remain and are a tourist attraction.


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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One Response to Lucainena de las Torres

  1. Angela Bell says:

    Agreat set of photos Digby!

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