Río Nacimiento

Río Nacimiento

The Sierra Nevada is a dramatic, rugged and extensive mountain range, the highest in Europe after the Alps and the most significant section of the Cordillera Penibética. The protected area encompasses 86,208ha of torrential rivers, sheer-sided gorges, stony scree slopes, glacial lakes between snowy summits and, in the foothills of the Alpujarras, cultivated terraces of almond trees and vegetables.

There are five municipal districts in the Rio Nacimiento Valley and one has the same name as the river. The highway form Almeria to Guadix climbs this valley. One municipality is unusual in that it is not the name of a village. This is called Las tres Villas (three villages) and was created in 1976 combining the hamlets of Ocaña, Doña María and Escúllar.

Málaga Airport is the fourth busiest airport in Spain with over 15 million passenger movements in 2016. Malaga Airport offers full range of passenger services. The airport essentially operates from Terminal 3 which was opened in March 2010. The second runway which is only used at peak times was opened in June 2012.

There are regular national flights to Madrid, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Sevilla, Melilla. There are also regular International flights to London Gatwick, Stanstead, Munich, and Dusseldorf. See the table below. Charter companies also fly to Almería, making it the second most important airport in terms of foreign tourist arrivals in Andalucia.

Abrucena is another village that offers visitors the chance to enjoy a beautiful natural environment. In the village centre, the streets are narrow and winding, and lead to the most important building: the 16th century church. It’s also worth a visit to the ruins of the Castillejo, located on the banks of the river facing the village.

As well as visiting the most important monuments in the town, in Abla visitors can also take interesting trips and purchase some traditional crafts, such as rugs and esparto grass products. Those unmissable monuments include the Iglesia parroquial, from the 16th century; the ermita de los Santos Mártires or the Roman mausoleum from 2 A.D.

Located at the foot of Sierra Nevada, Fiñana is a village whose Arabic roots are still present today. The clearest example of this is the old mosque from the 13th century, which nowadays is the Ermita de Nuestro Padre Jesús and has been declared a Historic Monument.

This village is the result of three small municipalities joining together as one – Doña María, Ocaña and Escúllar. It is an ideal destination for lovers of rural tourism and nature, and visitors should look out for the stone houses with slate roofs.

This village, crossed by the river of the same name, was most prosperous during the 19th and early 20th centuries. This was due to its importance as a producer of dessert grapes, and the number of country estates rose rapidly during this time. In the village centre, the Iglesia de San Miguel; built in the 18th century in Mudejar style, is the most important building.