The Alpujarras Mountains are the extension of the Sierra Nevada chain which runs along the southern coast of Spain. The narrow roads, steep drops and hairpin bends make for interesting driving but the traveller is rewarded by the spectacular views and the fascinating hill villages. Trevelez is famous for its air-dried hams hanging cheek by jowl in its shops, Pampaneira for its hand made rugs, Orgiva for its hippy market. Travelling clockwise from La Rabita (on the coast) via Cadiar you keep the worst of the drops on the opposite side of the road and on the route down to Motril you can take the old road through Spain's 'Little Grand Canyon' stopping at the olive oil and honey outlets. You will get a good view of the white houses of Salobrena as you return and, if you have time, visit the waterfront where there are plenty of places for a meal. Typical Alpujarran fare can be found at Pitres, Pampaneira and Lanjaron. There are no doubt other places but we have found good meals at these places.