The little towns and villages in the valleys of the rios Nacimiento and Andarax boast some beautiful old houses. These were mostly built during the 19th Century when the area became wealthy from the production of table grapes and oranges. I remember, 55 years ago, when my father had a greengrocer’s shop in Falmouth, his customers would eagerly await the arrival of grapes from Almeria in September. I had little idea at the time where Almeria was and never thought that I would one day live where these grapes were actually grown. Sadly, production has virtually died off with agriculture being concentrated in the massive and profitable greenhouses on the coastal plains.
The village of Terque in particular has some fine old buildings.
Terque is only a 20 minute walk along the banks of the Andarax from our cortijo which is just above the confluence of the Nacimiento and Andarax. Both rivers at this point carry no water so they are easy to cross and make good walking routes. This morning, we strolled up to Terque and Digby took some photos of the beautiful buildings there.
In the Plaza de Constitución, where a few locals were taking an early coffee under the magificent old old elm tree, there are some attractive buildings.
From the Plaza, narrow streets lead past some fine houses.
Most of these houses are well-maintained which must be expensive as the ironwork and masonry is elaborate.
Bougainvillea and jasmine are frequently found in corners and growing up walls, adding to the colour and fragrance of the village.
Not all houses are in good repair. This old building in the Plaza Adelfas is waiting for a new owner but, as the telephone number on the for sale sign has faded, the wait has already been long.
This is a typical, old wooden door which Digby thought made an interesting study of colour and texture.
This is one of the largest and finest of the old houses. Intricate iron and plaster work surround the doors and windows. The white shutter alone must be expensive and time -consuming to maintain.
Looking back at this house you can see a beautiful large window overlooking the garden and griffons at the railings along the roof.
There is a lot more to see and write about around here so keep reading.