City Streets and Walls


Puerta de Purchena

Yesterday morning I, Digby, went on one of Jose Campoy’s guided walks around Almeria City. This time, the group met at the Puerta de Purchena at the heart of the city.


Building in the Puerta de Purchena

The streets in the centre of Almeria are mostly lined with modren buildings with shops at street level and apartments above. However, in between these unremarkable, high rise edificios are some architectural gems from earlier days. All you have to do is look above the shop fronts and you will see some lovely facades like this one in the Puerta de Purchena.


Statue of Nicolás Salmerón

The group gathered here near the statue of Nicolás Salmerón, the President of the 1st Spanish Republic who was born in Almeria in 1837. His figure is not erected on a plinth but stands on the pavement as if he were among the pedestrians.


Tapas bar in Calle de Antonio Vico

From the Puerta de Purchena we walked down Calle de Antonio Vico towards the city walls. Along this narrow street there are other attractive buildings. I liked the facade of this tapas bar.


Ornate facade in Calle Antonio Vico

This house has a particularly ornate facade. The carvings would suggest it once belonged to members of the nobility but it looks quite small from the street. Single storey with just one door and window to the street.


More houses in Calle Antonio Vico

On the opposite side of the street is another interesting building, the outside walls of which are covered in tiles.


The first gateway in the city walls

At the top of this street we reached the city walls where the first of the old gates led into a cul de sac.


Old house by the fortifications

This old house is almost touching the old fortifications.


Modern Almeria with the old walls in the foreground

Looking back over the start of the city walls there are some good views of the modern city of Almeria. The contrast between old and new is very evident in this photo.


Statue od San Cristóbal

We walked up to the nearby  the statue of San Cristóbal. As you can see it was a lovely, cloudless morning.


Overlooking the Mediterranean

His statue overlooks the Mediterranean and there are dramatic views looking into the light of the city and the sea.


Muralla de Hayrán, Alcazaba and La Chanca

The city wall, Muralla de Hayrán, leads up to the castle of the Alcazaba. In this photo you can see the old gypsy quarter, La Chanca, below and to the right of the Alcazaba.


Ancient gateway in the wall

We passed through this ancient gateway to the other side of the wall.


The battlements and modern city below

Looking down onto the city from this side provided another stunning view into the light with the fortifications leading down to modern Almeria.


The great walls of Almeria

Looking back the other way one can appreciate the grandeur of these structures. During the time of the Moors, Almeria had the longest city walls in Spain.


Traditional architecture in the city centre

I did not have time to stay longer with the group so I walked back to the Puerta de Purchena and then along the Rambla de Obispo Orberá to the car park in the Rambla de Bélen. There are some lovely buildings along the way. I thought this one was particularly magnificent.


Casa Blanes

I always stop at Casa Blanes along this street to buy spices, loose tea and dried fruits in the shop on the ground floor. This is another beautiful old building.


Sherries from the barrel

Also along this street, I was intrigued by this bodega which sold wine and sherries from the barrel and served delicious tapas.


Inside Bodega Aranda

It was obviously a popular place with the gentlemen of the city who were congregating inside the great wooden doorway. I was only in Almeria for a couple of hours but packed a lot into this short visit.


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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2 Responses to City Streets and Walls

  1. thyswim says:

    Beautiful fotos Digby. But have you allready seen the optical illusion painted at the end of the Paseo the Almeria. See this on my blog:

  2. Really creates the atmosphere of your part of Spain. So different but some similarities to our Western end of Andalucia.

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