Alhabia – Huécija – Alicun – Alhabia

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Huécija

We can see the two villages of Huécija and Alicun on the mountainside across the valley from our cortijo. To reach them by car there is a turning off the Alhama de Almeria – Canjayar main road.

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Alicun

We thought there must be a lane  by which we could walk to them and studying Google earth we deduced that we could make a circular walk to them from our home. So we set out yesterday morning.

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Terque from the start of the lane to Huécija

Across the Rio Andarax, just before Terque, there is a prominent lane on the left of the river path. We took this.

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Looking back down the lane

The lane led up the hillside through various cortijos. There were good views in all directions of the mountains and valleys of the Rios Andarax and Nacimiento.

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Olives and Oranges

Most of the fincas were planted with olive and orange trees. There were a few vineyards but some of these have been abandoned or replanted with olives or oranges which is a shame as the Alpujarra Almeriense is historically famous for its grapes.

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Approaching Huécija

Eventually Huécija came into view and we went up to explore the village.

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Old houses in Huécija

We discovered a charming village with pretty streets and squares with attractive old buildings.

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Narrow street with the Sierra de Gador behind

We could see the Sierra de Gador behind as we looked up some of the narrow lanes of the village.

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View from the vineyard

We walked up a lane above Huécija and reached a vineyard from which there is a lovely view of the village and church looking back down.

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Bunches of pink grapes

The vineyard was bursting with bunches of pink grapes. We have seen similar on sale in the shops and markets around here. They are a sweet table variety.

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Yellow grapes

In the same vineyard there were also some vines with yellow grapes.

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Huécija from the paseo to Alicun

After refreshing ourselves in the village bar we took the road out of Huécija towards Alicun alongside which was a wide paseo which made a pleasant walk. From a mirador along the way we took this photo of Huécija through the trees.

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Alicun

Here is a view of Alicun as you arrive from Huécija looking over vineyards.

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Water reservoir by the main square in Alicun

Alicun is smaller than its neighbour but has a pretty square with a water reservoir beside it.

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The village bar

Here is the village bar in the square. In both villages the bar is right next to the church so easy to find.

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Fountain in the centre of Alicun

This fountain in front of the town hall reminded us of those in the Generlife Gardens of the Alhambra, Granada.

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Cats of Alicun

Also in both villages cats, which seemed to be quite tame and friendly, were sitting in the narrow streets.

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Blanquita in the acequia

We found a leafy lane which led above the village. There was an acequia water rushing down it beside the lane. At this spot old Blanquita was able to have a quick dip and refresh herself. Our two young dogs do not like running water. We presume the acequia feeds the reservoir in the town centre.

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Starting our descent

After some more refreshment sitting outside the bar at Alicun we headed back. Shortly after leaving the village towards the main Alhama de Almeria – Canjayar road we turned off down a lane to the left to make our descent to our valley below.

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Riding a mechanical mule

We met no-one en route except for this campesino on his mechanical mule. These machines are a popular form of transport for owners of cortijos as they are useful for carrying produce in their trailers and for tilling the land.

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Looking down on Terque and Alhabia

The final photo shows the two valleys converging were the Rio Nacimiento joins the Rio Andarax. The village on the left is Terque and the one on the right Alhabia, The ascent to Huécija took about an hour. We spent two hours exploring the villages, walking between them and stopping for refreshment. The descent back down from Alicun to Alhabia took another hour.

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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 in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. 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 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 Alhabia – Huécija – Alicun – Alhabia

  1. peter@manrique.co.uk says:

    Hello Margaret,

    Beautiful photos as always. Looks like you’re enjoying your new home and its environs.

    Best Wishes,

    Peter

  2. thyswim says:

    Very nice your description. Beautiful.

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