Alhabia – Bentarique

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The path down with the Sierra de Gador in the distance

Last Sunday morning we started the walk we took on Saturday (see previous blog) but the other way around, crossing the Rio Nacimiento further up and, at the large ruin across the river, took a promising – looking wide track off to the right. Unfortunately, this just led to a water deposit at the top of the hill. However, we saw a narrow path leading down towards Terque from which there were impressive views across to the Sierra de Gador.

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Barren hills and orange groves

Looking back from the same spot the hills behind reminded us of the desert of Tabernas but the orange groves below add some greenery.

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Blanquita in the lavadero

We soon arrived at the top of Terque and walked down through the village. It was hot and old Blanquita decided to freshen up in the village lavadero.

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The lavadero was built in the Neo Moorish style

These communal washing places are a regular feature in the towns and villages of La Alpujarra Almeriense. This one is built in the Moorish style but we do not think dates back to their age.

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Entrance to Terque

We left Terque via the main entrance to the town. We have recently featured a blog on the lovely old houses in the village but here is a photo of the entrance to Terque.

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Fincas with orange groves beside the Rio Andarax

We crossed the road and the Rio Andarax and walked along a path beside the river towards Bentarique. To our left were fincas of orange groves with the Sierra de Gador above.

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Bentarique from the Rio Andarax

The path alongside the river ends before Bentarique but we continued our walk along the river bed. There are good views of the village from the river.

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Looking back along the Andarax. The Sierra de Alhamilla is in the far distance

Looking back the views were also impressive. We could see as far as the Sierra de Alhamilla above Nijar near our previous home.

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A corner of the square in Bentarique

Bentarique is a charming little village. We took some photos of the pretty streets.

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A narrow street in Bentarique

We returned the way we came as far as Terque but then followed the road back home to our cortijo near Alhabia. It was a very enjoyable walk of about 10km.

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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 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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One Response to Alhabia – Bentarique

  1. angela Bell says:

    Beautiful places,you are doing well with your walking!

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