Before we leave the lush landscape of the Sierra Nevada natural park, we visited a small organic winery, Cortijo el Cura. It’s a humble place, without the razzmatazz of so many wineries, with restaurants and shops. This is simply a small family run estate committed to making small scale organic wines – we were lucky enough to try a few and they weren’t bad!
After a lunch of rabbit stew and organic dishes at Hotel Almirez, it was a flying visit to the village of Terque, with its ‘museos de la Uva de Barco y Etnográfico’. This region was the centre of the table grape market, producing huge volumes of grapes for export to wealthier countries in the 19th century. I am not a great one for museums, but the team there are so enthusiastic and it was fascinating to learn about this lost industry.
Heading east, the change in landscape and climate is dramatic. Passing through a mountain pass, leads you into another world. As we say good bye to Granada province and enter Almeria, the alpine feel of the Alpujarras give way to a semi arid landscape.
Much of Almeria is covered in ‘Invernaderos’, huge plastic greenhouses used to cultivate supermarket produce. You can see a photo of Almeria that I posted here.
Yet all along the coast of this Andalusian province is one of the most spectacular natural parks, The Cabo de Gata Nature Park.