Also known as Las Alpujarras. This area of mountain villages, located between the highest mountains in Spain and the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its unique mini-ecology. Its terraced farmlands are continuously irrigated by the melting snow from above, resulting in a high-altitude oasis of vegetation which stands in dramatic contrast to the barren foothills below. The valleys of the western Alpujarras are among the most fertile in Spain, and there is an abundance of fruit trees, especially grape vines, oranges, lemons, cherries, persimmons, figs and almonds. The wildlife includes mountain goats, wild boar, foxes, eagles, goshawks and partridges. Sheep graze the hillsides, and the rivers teem with trout. The area is one of outstanding natural beauty, and to the Spanish, the very name “Las Alpujarras” has connotations of magic, mystery and supernatural power; and, whether real or imaginary, many people who visit the Alpujarra describe it as having a strange, inexplicable energy. Chris Stewart’s best-seller, “Driving Over Lemons”, was set here.
Characterized by its terraced hillsides, white-washed villages, and lush orchards, Las Alpujarras presents a picturesque landscape that seems to defy time. The scent of almond blossoms and citrus orchards mingles with the crisp mountain air, creating a sensory delight.
This region is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering a plethora of hiking and trekking opportunities along ancient Moorish paths and through verdant valleys.
The architecture of the villages reflects a fascinating history of Moorish influence, with distinctive flat-roofed houses and narrow, winding streets. Pampaneira, Bubión, and Capileira, known as the “Tres Pueblos,” are emblematic examples of these traditional Andalusian villages.
Visitors can also immerse themselves in the rich local culture, which is evident in the traditional handicrafts, such as handwoven rugs and ceramics. The region’s cuisine is a delectable fusion of Moorish and Spanish flavors, with specialties like hearty stews and delectable pastries.
Las Alpujarras is not only a destination for relaxation and outdoor adventures but also a place to soak in the unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that defines this corner of Spain. It stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of its past while offering a warm embrace to those who venture here.