This morning we went on another of José Campoy’s guided walks in the old La Chanca/Pescaderia quarter of Almeria. Today we walked up from the church of San Roque to the quarry and caves of San Roque at the top of the barrio. This is one of the poorest and most neglected areas of Almeria City. At the bottom of the barrio, narrow cobbled streets are lined by old apartment buildings.
The residents seemed to like their dogs. This little girl was sitting on her doorstep with her mother showing off her puppy.
And a little further up the barrio this man was cuddling his little bruiser.
We were soon in the old fishermen’s and gypsy quarter. A mix of colourful houses in good repair and ruins with peeling paint. This vintage Seat looked good against the ochre of the house in front of which it was parked.
Across the street, although this building was in a ruinous state, it made an interesting photo.
This old gentleman, dressed in his Sunday best, was enjoying a quiet time sitting in the shade.
At the end of the climb we reached the old canteras (quarry) of San Roque. Stone from here was used to build the Cathedral in the city centre.
The area was pretty neglected with litter everywhere. A small, prefab building served the locals as a bar and a grocery store.
Many of the people here still live in caves. This gypsy woman was doing her washing outside her cottage attached to a cave.
Around the corner this cockerel was strutting around outside his owner’s house. Note the broken tiles decorating the walls. This is a common feature of houses in La Chanca/Pescaderia.
Another feature is the washing hanging outside the doors of the houses.
This was our third walk around La Chanca/Pescaderia. It is certainly a fascinating barrio with a lot of history, and full of colour and characters. The squalor and neglect is disturbing though. The authorities have invested a lot of money in the infrastructure of the more prosperous parts of the city. We hope they are going to spend more here.