AROUND THE TOWN

The town of Arboleas is on a hillside overlooking the Almanzora Valley. The lower part of the town consists principally of white walled houses and narrow streets, with the small church of Santiago, together with several new apartment blocks.

In the upper part of the town is a modern Town Hall and tree lined square with its statue celebrating Al Arbuli, a modern museum dedicated to the famous local wood artist Pedro Gilabert, with the associated art gallery and assembly hall, and some new housing.

Overlooking the town is the ancient Moorish watch tower, now renovated.

The municipality of Arboleas covers 66 square kms, and lies between two chains of mountains, to the south the Sierra de Las Filabres, and to the north the Sierra de Las Estancias.

The area which stretches along the banks of the Almanzora River contains the villages of La Cinta, El Rincon, Casablanca (legendary home of a Moorish Prince), El Prado (the meadow), La Judea (with its historic Jewish connotations), and La Perla (the precious pearl of earlier Arab inhabitants, who it is said kept the keys to their homes when they were expelled, hoping one day to return).

It is said that in the last century people fished for delicious trout in the crystal clear waters of the Almanzora River, and the river turned more that a dozen flour mills in the villages along its course. Now the river is a dry sandy expanse most of the time. Even when the heavy rains fall in the mountains during a cold front, the river has only a short lived trickle of water.

Despite the lack of water, orange and lemon trees flourish along the valley.

Irrigation is provided by boqueras and cimbras (an ancient Arabic collection and storage system) and by wells and springs, with acequias taking the water to the fields.

To the south of the town, the Arroyo Aceituno winds its way into the hills, climbing 200 metres through the villages of Los Carrascos, Los Garcias, El Chopo, Los Cojos, Los Torres, Las Huevanillas and Los Colorados.

Here the primary vegetation is olive and almond trees. It culminates in the 500 metre high Sierra de la Murta, the only forest zone in the area, where there are abundant pine trees.

To the north of the town, across the main Huercal Overa to Baza road, the local road passes behind the olive press and winds its way into the hills and the villages of Limaria and Los Higuerales.

This is the highest part of Arboleas, with the Cerro Limaria at 700 metres, and the views of the distant Mediterranean.

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THE BARRIADAS OF ARBOLEAS

There are over 30 small settlements scattered in the hills in the area which comprises Arboleas.

Some of these have changed little over the centuries, while others have expanded with many new houses mainly occupied by the new residents, mainly from the British Isles.

The following is a list of these expanded barriadas, with a list of the roads.


Los Higuerales

Avda Los Higuerales          Calle Amapolas           Calle Cerro Picacho    Calle Las Claveles

Calle Las Dalias.        Calle Estrella del Mar            Calle Los Geranios      Calle Los Gladiolos.

Calle Los Jasmines.       Calle Las Lavandas.         Calles Las Lilas.           Calle Las Margaritas.

Calle Las Petunias       Calle Tulipanos      Calle Vista del Mar        Camino Cerro del Sombrero.


Limaria

Calle Albaida         Calle Aljibe        Avda Los Martinez        Avenida Limaria        Calle Azahares  Calle Azaleas       Calle Begonias        Calle Campanillas       Calle Caniles            Calle Collado   Calle Crisantemos       Calle El Alto       Calle Gardenias     Calle Gazapos          Calle Hibiscus    Calle Hortensias           Calle Jacarandas        Calle Magnolias           Calle Mimosas          Calle Moreno           Calle Musica          Calle Narcisos           Calle Nene           Calle Orquideas    Calle Palmera de Limaria      Calle Pandorgo            Calle Pensamientos    Calle Pintao              Calle Polonio            Calle Violetas

                                    

La Cueva

Avenida La Cueva         Calle La Grute                   Calle Sendero


Los Menchones

Avda Los Golodrinos     Calle El Cielo     Calle El Embrujo      Calle Las Estrellas

Calle Hechizo      Calle El Lago     Calle La Luna       Calle El Sol


El Rulador 

  Crtra El Rulador         Calle Bella Vista


Los Carrascos

Avda Los Carrascos          Calle Alondra           Calle Alzacola           Calle Canario                        Calle Chamarín                Calle Colorín             Calle Gorrión                Calle Lechuza                   Calle Paloma                Calle Perdiz                         Calle Piche              Calle Tordancha             Calle Totobia                 Calle Tortola                  Calle Verderón                      Calle Zorzal                          

Los Garcias    

Avda Los Garcias      Calle Hinojo        Calle Manzanilla         Calle Romero                                   Calle Tilo                 Calle Tomillo


El Chopo

Avenida Las Yeseras     Calle El Chopo        Calle Cuesta del Algorrobo


Los Requenas

Calle Los Lomicos            Calle Los Muleros         Calle Las Ollas


Los Torres bajo

Avda Los Torres Calle Jorge Guillan    Calle Pedro Salinas         Calle Rafael Alberti


Los Torres alto

Avda Fedrico Garcia Lorca        Calle Luis Cernuda   Calle Miguel Hernandez

 Calle Vicente Alexandre

Los Cojos


Los Gilabertes


Los Huevanillas

Avda Los Huevanillas   Calle Los Almendros   Calle Las Higueras           Crtra Los Huevanillas


Los Colorados


La Judea

Avda Apeadero              Calle Alqueria                   Calle La Judea

Calle La Judea Nueva    Calle Molino Antiguo           Camino Real


La Perla

Avda Almanzor             Avda La Perla                Calle Aben Humey             a Calle Arbuli

Calle Boabdil            Calle El Cadi          Calle La Perla Las Viñas              Calle Media Luna

Calle Sherezade              Calle Zaida


Los Calares

Avda Los Calares     Calle Alfonso X El Sabio      Calle Baltasar Gracian  

Calle Gonzalo de Berceo     Calle Gustafo Adolfo Becquer     Calle Juan Ramon Jiminez             Calle Jorge Manrique    Calle Leopoldo Alas Clarin     Calle Vicente Lara 

Calle Rosalia de Castro


El Prado

Avda Almanzor       Avda El Prado      Calle La Calera       Calle La Calerica

Calle La Carril         Calle Los Castos         Calle El Cruce      Calle La Estacion

Calle La Huerta     Calle Los Ramos      Calle El Vergel        Calle La Via

Calle Zorayda        Plaza Santa Ana


El Rincon

Avda El Rincon      Calle La Cañada de Menargas          Calle La Cuca

Calle Vereda del Rincon         Crtra del Los Peraltas


La Cinta


Venta Mateo


Los Llanos


Pueblo