Galera Countryside

A pearl in Andalusia

The neighboring village of Huescar is on the left with the Parque Natural Sierra de Castril in the background.

By Olivier

Dear Readers,

This post is part of the series “Galera”. There is a lot to share about our village and surroundings so let us propose a view of the countryside.

This ever changing terrain is comprised of rolling hills, lush pastures, planted fields, pine forests, rugged mountains and wild badlands that feel otherworldly. While biking on trails, we pass from one magnificent landscape to the next.


We’d like to tell you that agriculturally speaking, this region is mostly known for growing olives and almonds. Miles and miles of fields, even on the slopes of mountains, every bit of usable land is being cultivated. People work hard for little money (they receive about 2€ per kilo of almonds). During winter the almond trees flower in white, pale pink and fuschia. Coming around a bend to find a broad field of almond trees in bloom is breathtaking every time.



Sometime you come across a medley of olive and almonds trees living together.

Galera Countryside

We love the dancing tree in the foreground. See how it bends and spreads its arms out.


To the North of Galera

This photo was taken from a hilltop north of Galera, out in the campo (countryside) between the villages of Orce and Huescar.  In the background is the neighboring village of Huescar. The silver sliver up on the left is Huescar’s municipal solar panel field. The dirt track in front is used by farmers and also enjoyed by cyclists.


This cave is just outside Galera. The view is to the north, from the road to Huescar. La Sagra mountain is in the background.


To the East

On the way to the neighboring village of Orce, east of Galera, on a beautiful spring day.


The wild arugula that is so dear to AnnaBeth. In springtime, young arugala is found all over the countryside. I add it to my homemade tomato sauce. AnnaBeth chops it up and sprinkles it on everything.


A morning out with buddies from the Galera Mountain Biking Club


A late afternoon in winter on the outskirts of the neighboring village of Orce 


Farther East

The Sierra María-Los Vélez mountain chain is east of Galera and Orce. These are our new favorite mountains to hike. 


Village of Orce recreation area. The Sierra Maria is in the background.


Parque Natural Sierra Maria-Los-Velez, south face.


To the Northwest

The dam of the Embalse (reservoir) de San Clemente 


The Embalse de San Clemente with La Sagra mountain in the background. View to the north.


View to the south from the dam, the Sierra Nevada mountains in their winter coat



To the Southwest

On the outskirts of Galera, the Castellon Alto (High Castle) is the site of an ancient village of the Argar people who populated southeastern Spain 2200 BC - 1550 BC during the Bronze Age. We’re planning a future post about the archeology of the area.


The Badlands west of Galera toward the village of Castillejar, fabulous for mountain biking and hiking.


On the old road to Castillejar


Badlands of Castillejar with El Jabacón mountain to the left of the sun. We have not yet hiked to the top - it’s on our list!



We hope you've enjoyed the discovery. We'd love to hear which of these views attracts you the most!



0 #22 Martha 2018-06-01 22:10
Very nice tour of the countryside! Thanks, Olivier. It reminds me of both west Texas and southern California. There are both olive and almond trees where I now live in northern California. I also am very interested in hearing more about the Argar and other earlier inhabitants of southern Spain. I appreciate seeing so many views of your region!
0 #21 AnnaBeth 2018-06-01 15:06
[quote name="Judith Elaine Halek"]
Got your change of email. Yes, I love going outside first in the morning to see and feel the air and to check on the little garden. We have tons of red roses this year. Love to you.
0 #20 Judith Elaine Halek 2018-06-01 07:32
Hello AnaBeth and Olivier:
Logistics first...
NEW email :
OLD Email:
Please Update! THanks.

WOW stunning photographs and great editorial blurbs. The land is spectacular!
Spring is in the air and on land and in your hearts.
Thankyou for this lovely tour of your beloved home.
You both must be so full of joy, to awake in the morning.

Sending my love, Judith
0 #19 AnnaBeth 2018-05-19 14:34
"Cecilia", I'm going to try to bring some fresh almonds when I see you in Paris next month. We're figuring out how to break them open. They're tough unless you have the right tools!
0 #18 AnnaBeth 2018-05-19 14:26
"Jill Karlin", We'd love to see you if you venture farther east and south!
0 #17 Olivier Morel 2018-05-19 14:23
Hi All,
Thank you for reading our latest article and for your great feedback. It seems the almond trees were a favorite.
To answer Elisabeth Jones, what are we doing here?
The short answer is, we're figuring it out. We would like to invite you all here for a healthy, spiritual, fun healing times.
AnnaBeth continues to help people heal from every problem under the sun, while I hang out in a local bar. Just kidding…
We are now hosting women (mostly) for intensive inner work. We’re here most of the year and we welcome visitors!
And now I’m going to get started with the archeology photos!
0 #16 helene karson 2018-05-14 15:59
Spring, finally! I just love the olive and almond trees!
0 #15 Linda 2018-05-12 01:50
Beautiful photos! I enjoy your blog and keeping us in touch. Say, 'Hi' to Annabeth! Wishing you both all the best!
0 #14 Jill Karlin 2018-05-12 00:11
Lovely! Are you living there now Annabeth? I may be in Spain again later in summer. Probably north and Portugal.
0 #13 Joan 2018-05-11 23:30
Really beautiful photographs.
Hard to pick any favorites but I certainly do love those of the trees.
0 #12 Josh 2018-05-11 17:03
Truly beautiful ! Hope we will visit in the not too distant future.
0 #11 Nitza 2018-05-11 15:49
Breath taking
0 #10 Meenakshi 2018-05-11 03:15
Gorgeous pictures! Thank you for sharing!
0 #9 Joy Freeman 2018-05-10 20:23
Great photography - of gorgeous environments!

Enjoy the spring!
0 #8 Jacqueline Carleton 2018-05-10 20:10
What magnificent photos....and commentary!