Sierra Espuña
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In Espuña it is frequent to observe the flocks of ewes and goats lowering the slopes, the grandfathers doing esparto, the scent to the burned firewood and bread just done, and to hear the song of the birds. At the end of the summer is usual to see canvas that gather the almond for drying out of the houses, in the streets and eras. A stroll by its fields gives us the idea of an intense agrarian occupation, with vineyards, orchards of lemon trees and orange trees, almond trees, olive trees, apricot trees, cereals, vegetables and the plantations of flowers and peppers or "ñoras", with growing systems that take advantage of the potential agricultural grounds: cereals in the plains, crops of vegetables in fertile sides of the rivers, tree crops in waved lands and mountainsides, areas in which one glimpses that they have been worked wisely by natural means. If the traveller enters him/herself in mountain villages, s/he will find the old flavour of life forms totally adap-ted to the area in which they are located, dedicated almost exclusively to agriculture and the cattle raising, without forgetting the advantage of the natural resources: hunting, mushrooms and the mountain snails gat-hered in the mountain.

The advantage of the natural resources of a so diverse territory has marked the ways of life and traditions of the population. Still today we can find a series of traditional works like esparto-workers, potters and "anea" workers, also there are some who carve wood, and work the iron and esparto. Perhaps the best known products are the textile workers and potters, but we do not have to forget the craftsmen in Mula who make drums during the three or four months that precede to Easter, with goat and ewe skins. The potter/ ceramist tradition exists, surely, from the most remote Middle Age, although there are documentary evidences from century XVI and decrees of potters since 1.606. The factories which work the mud at the moment, have specialized in the accomplishment of pieces and vessels similar to the traditional cooking coarse stoneware and to the production of decorated objects.

Sierra Espuña