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…”
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 🙂
Whilst walking around, we came across an unusual scarecrow… sinister and dark, I loved it!!
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.
Also the best lemons grow here 🙂
The landscape is so beautiful and lush along the route of the Río Andarax.
Another feature of the Sierra de Gádor and this part of the Alpujarras are the caves dating back from various ages but predominantly Moorish.
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.
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”.
And here was a nice little find – reminds me of a little story that came from nowhere 🙂
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.