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Desembocadura Río Andarax.JPG
Mouth of the River Andarax
Origin Cerro del Almirez, Almería
Mouth Mediterranean Sea near Almería
Basin countries Spain
Length 67 kilometres (42 mi)
Source elevation 2,509 metres (8,232 ft)
Mouth elevation 0 metres (0 ft)
Left tributaries Barranco de las Navas, Río Chico Rambla de Tices[1]
Right tributaries Barranco de Cacín, Barranco del Portugués, Rambla de Arcora[1]
Rivers of Andalusia. The Andarax is second from the right of the rivers reaching the Mediterranean.
Rivers of Almería. The Andarax is at bottom center.

The Andarax (Spanish: río Andarax)—also, in its lower reaches, Almería River or River Almería (Spanish: río Almería)—is a river in the province of Almería, Andalusia, Spain. It arises in the easternmost part of the Sierra Nevada[1] in the Cerro del Almirez.[citation needed] Its entire course is within the province of Almería.[1] It flows through they Valley of Andarax south of the Sierra Nevada, running easterly, and joins the River Nacimiento at the village of Terque, below which it is more commonly called the Almería River.[citation needed]

It then turns southward and passes through the Tabernas Desert, where it receives the intermittent waters of the Rambla de Tabernas, its last significant tributary. It passes through the municipalities of Rioja, Pechina, Viator, and Benahadux, where it waters many citrus orchards. Finally, it reaches the sea on the outskirts of the city of Almería, forming a wide delta. The fertile plain of the delta has been slowly lost to the expanding city of Almería.[citation needed]

In the time of the Roman Empire, the river carried a larger volume of water, and was navigable as far as Pechina.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d Hidrografía de La Alpujarra, Accessed 2009-12-25.

Coordinates: 37°00′55″N 2°53′21″W / 37.0153°N 2.88917°W / 37.0153; -2.88917