The Bodegas of Laujar and Market in Almócita

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Laujar de Andarax through the vines

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.

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Wild Antirrhinum

Now spring is at its best up here and the roadsides were covered with wild flowers and bushes of blazing yellow broom.

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The Sierra Nevada from Bodega Cepa Bosquet

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.

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Bodega Cepa Bosquet

The first bodega we visited was Cepa Bosquet. 

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Laujar from Bodega Cepa Bosquet

This bodega is in a lovely setting below the Sierra de Gador with beautiful views of Laujar and the mountains. 

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Shop and tasting house at Bodega Cepa Bosquet

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.

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Bodega Fuente Victoria

We then called at the Bodega Fuente Victoria which is closer to the main road.

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Bodega Fuente Victoria

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.

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Street in Almócita

On the way back we called in at one of our favourite villages of La Alpujarra, Almócita.

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Rincon in Almócita

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Door in Almócita

Here are some photos of streets and rincones of this pretty little village.

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Mural in Almócita

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.

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Street market

We were surprised to find a bustling street market set around the square and the attractive old church.

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Serving customers

This reminded us of the rastrillos in the villages of the Cabo de Gata as it was mainly devoted to arts, crafts and produce.

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Selling goat’s cheese ….

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…. local beer

Stalls were selling local goats’ cheese and beer.

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Live entertainment

There was also live entertainment.

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The village bar, Almócita

There is a good little bar in the village which serves excellent tapas and wine from Laujar.

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Music by the lovely old church

We had a very enjoyable morning but did not take the camera so these photos were taken with an iPhone.

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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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2 Responses to The Bodegas of Laujar and Market in Almócita

  1. Looks like Almócita is a delightful little place. Will add it to list of places to visit in Spain.

  2. Angela Bell says:

    I went to Laujar with Raul and Steve.Lovely place and I believe has a poet of some repute,not quite Lorca though. Good wine we bought there too. Lovely post. all the best Angela

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