Yesterday morning we drove up to Laujar de Andarax. Here they have had more rain recently than we have in the lower valleys and the countryside was looking fresh and beautiful.
Now spring is at its best up here and the roadsides were covered with wild flowers and bushes of blazing yellow broom.
This is the wine producing region of Almeria and we turned off up a lane through well- tended vineyards and olive groves to investigate two bodegas which we had not visited before.
The first bodega we visited was Cepa Bosquet.
This bodega is in a lovely setting below the Sierra de Gador with beautiful views of Laujar and the mountains.
In the shop we tasted some of their wines. We bought a 15 litre box of their clarete, which is the basic young wine which all the locals drink, and a couple of bottles of their white Macabeo.
We then called at the Bodega Fuente Victoria which is closer to the main road.
This is a smaller bodega but they also produce an excellent white wine which is a blend of Macabeo and Jaen Blanco. We bought a couple of bottles of this and a bottle of their red Tempranillo.
On the way back we called in at one of our favourite villages of La Alpujarra, Almócita.
Here are some photos of streets and rincones of this pretty little village.
We have mentioned before the graffiti art and poems which have been painted and inscribed on many of the walls and houses. Here is the latest addition which is in support of the campaign against violence to women.
We were surprised to find a bustling street market set around the square and the attractive old church.
This reminded us of the rastrillos in the villages of the Cabo de Gata as it was mainly devoted to arts, crafts and produce.
Stalls were selling local goats’ cheese and beer.
There was also live entertainment.
There is a good little bar in the village which serves excellent tapas and wine from Laujar.
We had a very enjoyable morning but did not take the camera so these photos were taken with an iPhone.