Beires

Beires
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Village belonging to the Alpujarra of Almeria, situated at the foot of Sierra Nevada, looking out over the valley of Andarax, in surroundings of abundant scrub, fruit trees and irrigated land. It is included in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, one of the natural paradises of the area due to its scenic, botanical and anthropological beauty as well as for its fauna.

The village is divided into two districts, Zembron and Beires. They both preserve the characteristics of the popular architecture of the Alpujarras, with white houses graded down a slope, with their flat roofs and typical chimneys; and the Mudejar church as a focal point.

History

Village divided into two districts by the gully of the Nacimiento (Barranco del Nacimiento): Zambron and Beires are the names. Over the gully of the Nacimiento there is a bridge which was built between the years 1682 and 1715. It is one of the least populated villages of the province with just over 100 inhabitants according to the census of 1991.

Its origin is unknown. It is known that, with the conquest of the Catholic Monarchs, its inhabitants remained in the village and maintained their property. After the Moorish uprising they were expelled in 1570 and their property, which was confiscated, passed into the hands of the new population of Old Christians.

The main economic activity has traditionally been agriculture, especially dessert grapes, almonds and oil. At the beginning of the century mining activity started up. The mineral was transported by overhead cable to the Doña Marí­a y Ocaña railway station. This mining activity ceased in the seventies.

In the Patron Saint festivals of San Roque, on 16 August, among other activities the people go to the source of the river Nacimiento to bathe in its waters and they maintain the tradition of "mojar el rosco".

Beires
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Beires
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Beires
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Distance to the capital (km)
55
Altitude above sea level (m)
909
Extension (Km 2 )
39
No. of Inhabitants
126
Demonym
Beirenses o Beirencos
Postal Code
04458
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