most of alpujarra houses,as here in bubion,look as those in morroco atlas mountains.
don't forget the alpujarras were the first refuge for expulsed moorish people from granada,at the end of 16th cent.
bubion,as capilheira and pampaneira,hang over deep poqueira ravine .
and one of the best jamon serrano of the country too...many shops make a succulent dry ham for curing it in dry and cold mountain.
have a drink eating jamon serrano in one of the bars where thousands of entire jamones are hanging ...
The entire Las Alpuharras region is dotted with the white villages that are more popularly recognized from the Ronda region to the west. But as you can see here there are many to explore here also.
The second photo shows one of the many road junctions here in the area, where they divide and enter the smaller villages.
The third photo shows one of the dryer valleys. This was an exception, most of the small valleys were covered with greenery.
The fourth photo shows one of the many individual homes that we could see in the valley floors or perched on the sides of a steep valley.
i´m from Capilerilla....Pitres...but now , i live in Germany..
Las Alpujarras are one, and unique on the world , i go all time wenn i can back , to see this beatyfull country and to remember my roots ...LAS ALPUJARRAS 4 EVER, but now i´m young and make musik overall .
have a nice day....
In the small village LANJARON - where the bottled water comes from - every year in June (I believe it to be on Midsummers night) they have a night (one hour) where there is water all over the place! It is one big water-party, you through water at everybody - and they at you. It is so much fun...
The leaky dam built on the Rio Adra ruined the surrounding countryside and fields, which is probably why Lucainina is so deserted! It and the resulting resevoir was intended to supply water to the city of Almeria, the Campo de Dalias and to the rest of the Adra delta. Unfortunately it sits on porous limestone, so it has never yet been full!
But it is a pretty spot.
El Golco was once a deserted village, but life is now coming back with the development of a resort complex. The houses being built are faithful to the old Alpurrajan style.
In the old village you can find one of the oldest churches built in the Moorish style.
If you enjoy white wine, and have already tasted the local white wine, then why not visit the vineyards where the grapes grow?
You can visit a local bodegas, and take some wine home with you!
This was also the last 'home' for Boabdil, the last Moorish king!
There are several excursions in the Poqueira revine.
- Poqueira path
- La Cebadilla
- Las asequias
All of them not to hard to follow. Just need some experience hiking and walking, nothing more. Enjoy beatifull views fo the Alpujarra Sierra and take a bath in the river if U're not afraid to cold waters.
Here is a map of the 2 first excursions. See the next tip for the other part of the map.
Almerima is about an hours drive from the Eastern Alpujarras. It is a nice resort, without being quite as commercial or crowded as the resorts of the Costa del Sol. It is very close to Roquettes del Mar. It is not well known to English visitors, but is very popular with the Spanish.
Not only can you spend time on the beach, but there is a lovely marina to explore if you enjoy messing about on boats.
For golf enthusiasts, there are golf courses for a quick round or two. Fees are very reasonable (I'm told).
The castle is unique in many ways. Not only is it one of the last castle-palaces built by the Spanish aristocracy (the Spanish monarchy began to reduce the power of the nobility around this time), but it was built by the Moors who had converted to Christianity and who had remained in the village after the re-conquest of 1492. However, instead of using brick and plaster as usually used by the Moslems, it was built of ashlar*. Also, although the exterior looks fierce and warlike, all battlements and artillery embrasures, the interior is an Italian Renaissance masterpiece.
The castle was a gift in 1489 from the Catholic Kings to the powerful Archbishop Mendoza (a favourite of Queen Isabella) who in turn bequeathed it to his illegitimate son Don Rodrigo de Vivar y Mendoza. After the re-conquest Don Rodrigo travelled to Rome, meeting and befriending many well-known renaissance figures, including Lucrezia Borgia. He returned to Spain in 1509, accompanied by Florentine architects and sculptors, a cargo of Carrara marble, and began building a marvellous renaissance palace inside his Moorish castle.
Sadly, Don Rodrigo was tormented by his illegitimacy and by the fact that he was not fully recognised by the Spanish court, who refused him permission to marry a young noblewomen. He abducted her and took her to his castle on the Guadix plain; but then he deserted her, and his beautiful Florentine palace-castle, never to return.
Today his hauntingly beautiful castle is in urgent need of repair and restoration (no work has been done for 400 years!). You can visit, either on Wednesdays, between 10am – 2pm and 4pm – 6pm, or alternatively on other days ask, in the village, for the caretaker’s house. For a tip he will open up for you, using the most enormous key! (But avoid asking on public holidays or during siesta!)
* Dressed stonework, where the blocks have squared sides, carefully squared corners, and are laid in regular courses, usually with fine joints. The faces are generally smooth, but can be tooled
Yegen is best known as the place where Gerald Brenan lived, and is described in his famous book, "South from Granada". There is a plaque on the house where he once lived.
The village is part of the municipality (local council administrative district) of Alpujarra de la Sierra which also includes the villages of Mecina Bombarón and Golco and the tiny hamlet of Montenegro.
Mecina Bombarón was the home base of the King Abén Aboó, leader of the second Alpujarra rebellion and the last Moorish monarch to remain on Spanish soil. He was assassinated in 1571 when Phillip II brought to an end any further moorish revolt. Also in Mecina there is the supposed Puente Romano (Roman bridge) that crosses the river Mecina below the main road and forms part of the ancient 'Camino Real' that linked Almería with Granada.
In Montenegro there is the delightful natural spring "The Gypsy's Leap' and a pretty capilla devoted to the Virgin Fátima.
Golco contains one of the oldest churches in the region built on the foundations of an erstwhile mosque whose architectural features include rare examples of vaulting and plaster work. Recently however, Golco has been subject to re-development. There are holiday homes available for rent (and sales on last visit) with restaurant and swimming pool being added.
The river Guadalfeo runs alongside the road between Torvizcon and Cadiar. There are also wonderful views of the Sierra Nevada, with the peaks of the Mulhacén and Veleta.
Gerald Brenan, the English writer thought that Cádiar was the heart of La Alpujarra. There is a 16th century stone church in the main square and combines traditional Apujarra building techniques with the modern.
Cádiar’s claim to fame is that Aben Humeya was crowned in the olive grove that lies near the old part of the town.
Fiestas are held on 3rd February and also 5th – 9th October, when the town fountains spout wine instead of water!
The old capital of the Contraviesa, Torvizcón is located on the river of the same name that carries its occasional waters down to the Guadalfeo. The creamy colour of the houses matches that of the water course. Pedro Antonio Alarcón called it “the favourite city of the sun” in his writtings.
Terraced farms and chestnuts still dominate this village. The trout rivers Chico and Grande runs through the area. Do try its famous fruit, wine and ham. The mountains to the north were the daytime refuge of Aben Humey, who adopted guerilla warfare tactics against the Spanish Christians.