The belenes of Almeria
This article details a few belenes of Almeria, but most towns and cities in Spain dedicate a space to a belen, a nativity scene that varies in design as much as in scale.
In Almeria city the belen is located in Plaza Vieja and can be visited until January 6 from 11am until 2pm and 5pm until 9pm. There is an additional provincial belen, at Patio de Luces on Calle Navarro. In El Ejido there is a large belen in the town hall, while another is in Plaza Mayor. In Roquetas de Mar one of the largest belenes of the province is held in castle of Santa Ana. In Adra, head to the cultural centre and in Vicar there is one built by the town’s children.
In Bajo Andarax there are a few housed in Benahadux, Gádor, Huercal de Almeria, Pechina, Rioja and Viator. Heading towards Cabo de Gata now, Carboneras has a fine example at Castillo de San Andres.
Head up to the Levante now, where Garrucha hosts one in Calle Mayor. Of course other towns and villages host their own including Albox (pictured), Cuevas del Almanzora, Macael, Olula del Rio and Purchena with others still in Alhama de Almeria, Bentarique, Fondon and Laujar de Andarax
These are just some of the belenes of Almeria. Of course these are all over Spain and should not be missed. Don’t miss your nearest – grab them before they normally close on January 5 with the arrival of the Three Kings. Check with your local town hall for opening hours and the official closing dates.
by Elle Draper
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Gandy-Draper. Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.