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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.

Festivals in Las Tres Villas: Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Romería Virgen de la Fátima, Fiesta de San Bernardo y Virgen de la Salud, Fiesta de Santa Teresa de Jesús and more.

Festivals in Fiñana: Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Fiesta de San Antón Abad, Fiesta de San Sebastián, Día de Andalucía, Jueves Lardero, Semana Santa, Día de la Cruz, Romería de San Isidro, Fiestas del Sol en la Sierra and Feria.

Festivals in Nacimiento: Cabalgata Reyes Magos, Fiesta de San Antón, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, Fiesta de los Tarascos, Fiestas del Verano and Fiesta de San Miguel Arcángel.

Festivals in Abrucena: Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, Hogueras de San Antón, La Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Jueves Lardero and Semana Santa.

In surveys carried out in 1982 in El Castillejo, Neolithic ceramic remains were found. It is therefore presumed that a stable settlement existed on this plot between 7000 BC and 700 AC. The municipal term of Abrucena is situated in the old Bastetana region, which included the current provinces of Almería, Granada, Murcia and parts of Jaén and Albacete.

The Tourist Office of Abla is located in Calle Balsillas, 9, Abrucena, opening from Monday to Friday.

Festivals in Abla: Baile de Ánimas, Día de Andalucía, Día de la Cruz de Mayo, Carrozas de San Isidro, Fiestas Patronales, Verbena de San Juan, Abla Rural Party and Fiestas de Agosto.

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.

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 offers a beautiful natural environment for its visitors. In the village centre, the streets are narrow and winding and lead to the most important building: the sixteenth-century church. It’s also worth visiting the ruins of El Castillejo, located on the banks of the river facing the village. It has about 1,200 inhabitants.

Abla offers its visitors interesting tours around the town and the chance to purchase some traditional crafts, such as rugs and esparto grass products. It has about 1,250 inhabitants. The town’s name is thought to come from Abula, dating to the Roman times. Madoz called it a white town because of Alba’s metathesis and Ptolemy cites it as an important Bastetani nucleus.

Fiñana is situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its Arab roots are still visible today, such as the former thirteenth-century mosque, which is now the Ermita de Nuestro Padre Jesús and has been declared a Historic Monument. The town has about 1,994 inhabitants.

Villas Las Tres is the name of the present day municipality that unites three small villages; Doña María, Ocaña and Escúllar. It is an ideal destination for lovers of rural Andalucia and nature, and visitors should look out for the distinct stone houses with slate roofs. It has about 560 inhabitants.

Nacimiento, which sits over the river of the same name, was most prosperous during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This was due to its importance as a producer of dessert grapes, and the number of country estates rose rapidly during this time as a result. It has about 490 inhabitants.