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.
Looking back from the same spot the hills behind reminded us of the desert of Tabernas but the orange groves below add some greenery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking back the views were also impressive. We could see as far as the Sierra de Alhamilla above Nijar near our previous home.
Bentarique is a charming little village. We took some photos of the pretty streets.
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.