Orange county… oh and lemons!

The road northwards from Huercal Almería, just outside the city of Almería, is the A-348 and follows (roughly) the Río Andarax into the Alpujarras. The valley of the Andarax is incredibly lush in an otherwise desert-like area and is home to some of the best oranges and lemons I have ever tasted, now THAT’S some claim! It is also an area known for olives, almonds, pomegranates and all sorts of fruit and veg. There are also some very lovely wines that come from this area, notably one that I’d written about on my post “My birthday and other tales…”

Río Andarax

Río Andarax

Río Andarax

Río Andarax

Specifically, some of the best oranges I’ve ever had come from near a village called Ragol and last Sunday Amber & I went for a little walk around one of our favourite areas… citrusly speaking🙂

No. not these!

No. not these!

Oranges

Oranges

Whilst walking around, we came across an unusual scarecrow… sinister and dark, I loved it!!

Scarecrow doll

Scarecrow doll

Also in this area there are lots of vineyards providing the local wine industries. Typically the vines are covered by a steel mesh for the stems to grow along.

Vineyards

Vineyards

Also the best lemons grow here🙂

Lemons

Lemons

The landscape is so beautiful and lush along the route of the Río Andarax.

The pueblo of instinción in the background

The pueblo of Instinción in the background

Another feature of the Sierra de Gádor and this part of the Alpujarras are the caves dating back from various ages but predominantly Moorish.

Empty cave... well I hope it was!

Empty cave… well I hope it was!

Flowers

Flowers

The canes provide a perfect shelter for wildlife and especially birds, there are many varieties of birds “flitting” about along the river. Also, many butterflies.

Monarch butterfly

Monarch butterfly

This is an interesting plant, it is parasitic and draws moisture from the surrounding plants. It has a beautiful creamy-yellow flower. The scientific name is cistanche phelypaea but it is more commonly known as the “yellow broomrape”.

Cistanche phelypaea

Cistanche phelypaea

Goats... but you can see that yes?

Goats… but you can see that yes?

And here was a nice little find – reminds me of a little story that came from nowhere🙂

Pumpkin head

Pumpkin head

On the way back we took a little diversion and drove a little through the Sierra de los Filabres, but not too high up. I hadn’t actually been to this part before and loved the views over, well I guess you can call it a gorge.

Sierra de los Filabres

Sierra de los Filabres

2 responses to “Orange county… oh and lemons!

  1. Pingback: Day of the orange! | Cabo de Gata Photography·

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