The Valley of the River Nacimiento


Alhabia from the West Bank of the Rio Nacimiento

The River Nacimiento meets the River Andarax just below our cortijo and from here you can follow its valley upstream to Alboloduy about 8km away. A paved lane follows the river alongside each bank so this makes a good, short return cycle ride or a long walk. You can start this route at our town Alhabia. The photo above is taken from the lane on the west bank of the river. At this time of year there is no water flowing at this stage of the river.


Cortijo with donkeys

To the left of the lane the valley floor is lined with cortijos mainly producing olives and oranges. In this cortijo there were also a couple of donkeys in a corral.



The next town is Alsodux. With a population of little over 100 it is the second smallest municipality in Almeria but has its own town hall, an attractive church and a good bar. To the right of the church you can just make out the white speck of the observatory of Cala Alto on the Sierra de Los Filabres.


Santa Crux de Marchena

A further 2km on and you come to Santa Cruz de Marchena. Another pretty town again with its own town hall, church and bar.


Cortijos by the rio approaching Alboloduy

The lane continues to Alboloduy. In this photo you can see the Ermita de Alboloduy on the hilltop above the cortijos.



Turning a corner Alboloduy comes into view. This is a larger town with, like Alhabia, a population of over 800. The river lane ends here and the main road leaves the valley to wind up through the vineyards in the mountains to join the Almeria – Granada motorway.


Back along the lane with the Sierra de Gador in the distance

To return you have to take the same lane back as far as Santa Cruz. In the photo you can see the lane with the Sierra de Gador in the background.


Alsodux from the east bank

At Santa Cruz you can cross the river and return to Alhabia along a similar lane beside the east bank of the river. Passing Alsodux you get a different view of the town. This blog is just a brief description of the route with photos that Digby took when he cycled to Alboloduy and back yesterday morning. You can take as long as you like for this walk/cycle as you can stop off to explore each little town and we will describe them in detail later.


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 The Valley of the River Nacimiento

  1. thyswim says:

    Thanks very much.I hope to do the trip you described once with our electric bycicles.

  2. Sarah Ball says:

    Fantastic photos, we always enjoy seeing your blog. The area looks wonderful. Look forward to plant photos from the area as winter progresses.

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