In the municipality of Níjar there are the following towns and townships included in the Nature Reserve: San Jose, Pozo de los Frailes, Los Escullos, Rodalquilar, Las Hortichuelas, Las Negras, Agua Amarga, La Isleta del Moro, Fernan Perez and Boca de los Frailes.
Although the town of Níjar is not within the protected area of the Nature Reserve and therefore might seem less attractive than populations living on the coast, Níjar worth to be visited by many reasons, including because it has known preserving the tradition of small white houses and kept the remains of the Arab heritage such as in the presence of wells, in the pottery or the beautiful church of Our Lady of the Incarnation considered XVI century Moorish building, with a beautiful wooden craft. Among the most interesting areas to visit are: the old market square and the surrounding neighborhood of La Atalaya.
It is highly recommended visit unhurried the numerous stores, also open on holidays and where you can buy crafts of the area. The typical craft would be:
The tradition of pottery and ceramics is due to the need to transport and store water in a climate so dry. Nowadays the production is focused on the decorative pieces, as typical glazed containers from Níjar, produced using the technique of "chinado" giving to the pieces a blue ornamentation. These colors blue and green ceramic visually distinguished the pieces made in Níjar.
The "jarapas" are colored rugs made of using leftover scraps of fabric that are woven on looms craft, forming different colorful and vivid rugs. It dates back to the Moorish period in this region and today remains the artisan tradition of these tissues.
And the craftsmanship of plaiting esparto, making use of an item that was once abundant in Almeria. At esparto was given many utilities from making ropes, baskets, shoe soles, etc.. Today there are no workshops this craft, being restricted esparto manipulation to a few pastors and retirees who continue making these pieces.
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