Today we visited a part of Almeria we had never been to before, the valley of the river Nacimiento. We decide to make our way from the top of the valley back towards the coast so headed up the Almeria – Granada motorway and shortly after Gergal took the turning off to Alboloduy. This road twisted and turned down through olive groves and vineyards until we reached the village of Alboloduy,
First, we parked across from the village and walked up a track to the mirador looking across to the village to stretch our and the dogs legs.
Crossing the road to Alboloduy we parked in the car park in front of the church. Last Saturday the village had held its annual Dia de Vendemia, a fiesta to celebrate the wine- making tradition of the area.
Signs and tiles in the streets indicated to us a walking route through the village and we followed them up the narrow, cobbled streets.
We must have passed at least six mechanical mules parked in the street. This is now the mode of transport of the camposino. Perhaps they are used here because the streets are so narrow or because their owners brought them out for the weekend fiesta.
This woman was sitting inside her open doorway shelling almonds. We asked her if we could take her photo.
She was happy with this and invited us inside to look at her traditional house and artifacts.
We arrived at the top of the village and looked down to the beginning of the valley. As you can see there is no water in the River Nacimiento but there is a wall built along its banks to protect the nearby cortijos from flash floods.
Back down to the bottom of Alboloduy the space opens out but traditional style of building remains. This looks like a well cared-for property.
Yet in front of this house is a traditional lavadero.
On the way back to the church square we found this communal laundry area with one of the village women doing her washing.
Next to this was the village fuente spurting drinking water.
We left Aboloduy and carried on down the valley just a few kilometers to the next village, Santa Cruz de Marchena. The valley is wider here and there are lovely public spaces in front of the village. Here we stopped for a drink outside the Hogar de Pensionistas looking at the campo through the jacaranda trees.
The church behind is pretty too.
We took a walk around the village which is much smaller than Alboloduy but many rural walks were signposted. We did not have time to take any of these but we took a photo of these interesting wooden, vine covered terraces of a row of cottages.
We then drove on through Alsodux and stopped at the first and largest village of the valley, Alhabia. This is really a town and there are some fine examples of traditional, Spanish town architecture near the main square.
Away from the centre the town is a maize of narrow streets but not as pretty as the other villages although the cat population seemed to be large and friendly.
A circular walk took us back down through Plaza Juan Amate.
Then we finished off with some refreshment in the main square before heading home. We would like to explore more of the valley, particularly the walks and the campo. An excursion for another day.