The Acequia

An acequia is a community operated waterway and most were established more than 200 years ago. The Arabs brought the technology to Spain during their occupation.

The acequia is how we irrigate our land and is a source of great entertainment for our dogs. Our water comes from the snows in the Sierra Nevada and is collected in a lake called the Laguna de Lanjaron high up in the mountains. As the snow melts it flows down the various channels. When we want water we have to drive to an aquaduct that is higher up our mountain, open a gate that allows the water to flow down our side of the mountain, close off other acequias until it comes down to our land.

After the recent rains there was a landslide that blocked our acequia so my neighbour, Frenando and myself spent half a day digging it out and getting bitten by mosquitos. The hard work paid off and the very next day we watered our land and entertained Khumbu and Bruno who spent a good hour in and out of the water.

bruno walking up the acequia

bruno walking up the acequia

Khumbu & Bruno playing

Khumbu & Bruno playing

Khumbu & Bruno

Khumbu & Bruno

Khumbu cooling down

Khumbu cooling down

Khumbu wandering along the acequia

Khumbu wandering along the acequia

Written by:
Richard Hartley

Richard is an avid blogger and the founder of Spanish Highs Sierra Nevada. He is author of the Cicerone Guidebook Walking and Trekking in the Sierra Nevada