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Enix, Spain

 

Enix is a small pueblo village consisting of typically white houses 723 meters above sea level in the Sierra-Gador mountains overlooking the resorts of Aguadulce and Roquetas de Mar, in the south-east corner of Spain within the province of Almeria.

 

 

A rustic enclave of Moorish origin, it preserves its original features in its architecture of narrow graded streets with white flat-roofed houses over which the Parish Church stands out.

 

Village Amenities

 

The village has two bars and two bar / restaurants plus a very small grocery shop.

 

A brief history

 

Its name seems to come from the term of Germanic origin Nix, which is related to fountains and springs. There are records of its existence since the Germanic people came to the Peninsula.

 

The Arabs respected its name, calling it El Nix. It belonged to the AREA of Almexixar together with Felix and Vicar. The Moorish uprising of 1568-1570 was put down by the Marquis of los Velez. The Moors who did not die in the war were reduced to slavery. After the expulsion of the Moors it was repopulated by people from Castile and Levante. The Council of Granada changed its name to the present one.

 

During the XIX century the mining fever of the Sierra de Gador affected this village. In the "Marchal de Antón López" or "Marchal de Enix", there are traces of its mining activity in the Carmen mine, nowadays abandoned. From this period comes the sad memory of the deforesting of its mountains. The woods were so impressive that many place-names related to them are still in use: "Loma de la encina", "Barranco del madroño", among others.

 

Nowadays the traditional crops of olives, almonds and vines are for family consumption and the majority of the village make their living from the work of reforestation and the greenhouses to the west

 

 

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