Sierra de Gádor

The Sierra de Gádor mountain range issituated in the south-western corner of the province of Almería.It belongs to the Betic system, specifically the Cordillera Penibética . Themaximum altitude is 2249 meters – the summit of Launilla Morrón.
To the north is the Sierra Nevada; to the southlies the Mediterranean Sea whilst the SierrasAlhamilla and Contraviesa lie respectively to the east and west.
Sierra de Gádor nr Enix
At the foot of the Sierra de Gádor lies theregion of the Poniente Almeriense (Western Almería), traditionallycalled the Campo de Dalias which, in my opinion, is by far the least attractivepart of the diverse region of Almería. Author Gerald Brenan didn’t like it either– “…a depressing sight met my eye. For fifteen miles the road ran in aperfectly straight line across a stony desert…” was part of his description ofthe Campo de Dalías in his book “South to Granada”.Nowadays the stony desert is replaced by an ocean of plastic, the ubiquitous invernaderos.These greenhouses may have allowed the provinceof Almería to become Europe’smarket garden but they sure look ugly!
Never mind, the Sierra de Gádor is apleasant, largely unspoilt mountain range that is technically part of thatdelightful region of the Alpujarras. The following towns are within its boundaries:
Felix ,Enix , Gádor , Alhama de Almería , Alicún , Huécija , Íllar , Instinción , Rágol, Fondón, Laujar de Andarax , Alcolea, Berja , Dalías and Vícar .
statue of a miner in Fondón
In the past, theSierra de Gádor was heavily mined, mainly for lead andsilver but now water is its biggest treasure. The mines were abandoned in theearly nineteenth century. Water, surprisingly, still appears to exist insufficient quantities. In villages like Berja, Felix and Dalías there arenumerous fuentes where water can be obtained – the meagre rainfall and themelted snow from the high sierra is efficiently stored and purified beforebeing released as pure clean water.
a fuente in Dalías
Robert Bovington
Nov 2011

About Robert Bovington

Robert Bovington is an English writer of travel books. These include “Spanish Matters” and “Spanish Impressions” Robert Bovington was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the son of Leonard and Audrey Bovington. He is the first-born and has eight siblings – six brothers and two sisters. Having worked for many years in both the telecommunications industry and the teaching profession, Robert wanted to take on new challenges. He and Diane decided to relocate to Spain and, in 2003, the couple moved to Roquetas de Mar in sunny Andalucía. However, lazing on the beach was not Robert's idea of fun - he wanted to explore his new homeland. It didn't stop there! He was so impressed with Spain, its countryside, its historic cities and its culture that it inspired him to write about his experiences. Robert Bovington has been married to Diane for over thirty years. They have no children. However, Robert’s short marriage to Helene resulted in twin daughters Carole and Sheila. The author is also a grandfather and great grandfather. Robert met Diane when both belonged to the Crescent Operatic Society. Music is one of the author’s great passions. At primary school he sang in a choir in a concert of Bach and Handel. Another of his interests is football and for many years he supported Brighton & Hove Albion home and away. His favourite premiership team is Arsenal. Other interests include information technology, writing and ten-pin bowling.
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