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.
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.
The village though looked very pretty in the winter sunshine.
In the quaint streets, many pots of colourful geraniums hang on the walls of the traditional old houses and ….
…. there is a fine old church.
At the end of the 19th Century the village was the centre of a mining industry.
Iron ore was extracted here and a railway constructed to take the ore to the port at Agua Amarga.
The old kilns which transformed raw hematite into much richer material still remain and are a tourist attraction.