El Valle del Rio Nacimiento

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Alboloduy from the mirador

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,

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The track to the mirador looking back across to the Ermita

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.

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The Church and Plaza

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.

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Typical street in Alboloduy

Signs and tiles in the streets indicated to us a walking route through the village and we followed them up the narrow, cobbled streets.

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One of many mechanical mules parked in the village

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.

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Shelling almonds

This woman was sitting inside her open doorway shelling almonds. We asked her if we could take her photo.

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Inside a traitional cottage

She was happy with this and invited us inside to look at her traditional house and artifacts.

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Looking back down to the valley

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.

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Restored house at the end of a lane

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.

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The laundry room 

Yet in front of this house is a traditional lavadero.

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The public laundryy

On the way back to the church square we found this communal laundry area with one of the village women doing her washing.

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La Fuente

Next to this was the village fuente spurting drinking water.

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The park in Santa Cruz

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.

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The church at Santa Cruz de Marchena

The church behind is pretty too.

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Vine covered terraces

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.

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Traditional Spanish town architecture

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.

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Alleycat of Alhabia

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.

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Plaza Juan Amate

A circular walk took us back down through Plaza Juan Amate.

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The church and main square of Alhabia

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.

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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 in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. 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 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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