Las Alpujarras

What is La Alpujarra? What is so special about this area of the Sierra Nevada?

 

The Alpujarra exists in mmore than 40 villages: Albondón, Albuñol, Almegíjar, Mecina Bombarón, Yegen, Bérchules, Bubión, Busquístar, Cádiar, Yator, Naril, Cáñar, Capileira, Carataunas, Cástaras, Gualchos, Juviles, Lanjarón, Lobras, Lújar, Murtas, Mecina Tedel, Cojayar, Laroles, Mairena, Picena, Órgiva, Pampaneira, Polopos, Pórtugos, Rubite, Soportújar, Sorvilán, Pitres, Mecina Fondales, Ferreirola, Torvizcón, Trevélez, Turón, Ugíjar, Válor, Nechite and Mecina Alfahar.

An area of enormous natural beauty and great contrasts. With a mild climate due to the influence of the Mediterranean and watered by a stable source of water that descends from the Sierra Nevada, the valleys of the Alpujarra enjoy an important degree of fertility and environmental diversity where fruit trees abound, such as oranges, lemons, persimmons, apples, figs, chestnuts, almonds and vineyards.

 

 

 

What is so special about this area of the Sierra Nevada?

- is a mountainous area with a narrow, winding road, along which you will find breathtaking viewpoints
- its spectacular scenery, the beauty of its villages and the tranquillity
- its architecture with Berber models. The houses of the Alpujarras are cubic in shape with a flat roof. The roof is made of magnesian clay that is waterproofed by rain and has a stone eave.
- Craftsmanship is not only a cultural expression, but the fruit of the need of these villages, which were sometimes isolated and had to be self-sufficient. Jarapas, "mota" carpets, tapestries, etc. are made. Esparto grass and wickerwork are other traditions.
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Do you want to discover them?
In Alpujarra Secret your journey begins.

Get to know Órgiva:

Órgiva is 32 km. from the coast, 60 km. from the centre and airport of Granada, 110 km. from the city and airport of Málaga.

It has about 5,600 inhabitants, Orgiveños, Alpujarreños. The different religions live together in respect and acceptance. Órgiva is one of the most culturally diverse places in Spain. According to the town hall, Orgiva is home to 68 different nationalities. Many foreigners live here, mostly English, but also Dutch, German and French. A large part of them are dedicated to alternative medicine, organic agriculture or tourism.

Most important parties:

  • Festivities of San Sebastián: 20 January. In honour of the patron saint San Sebastián.
    Fireworks put an end to the day. This is celebrated in Bayacas.
  • Holy Week in Órgiva: Holy Thursday, the image of Jesus of Nazareth is carried in a procession from the church.
  • Fair "Made in the Alpujarra": this fair is held during Easter week.
    It is a gastronomic and tourist craft festival. The aim of the fair is to promote the Alpujarras.
  • Festivals in honour of the Virgen de la Fe: 14 June. In Las Barreras, in honour of Nuestra Señora de la Fe.
  • Organ Fair: 5 days around the last weekend of September
  • Summer solstice party in Lanjaron

Typical cuisine:

  • Sopa de pan y maíz, soup made with corn bread, dried tomatoes, garlic,
    cumin and bay leaf.
  • Cod paprika, dried peppers, cod, potatoes and cumin.
  • Dried fig cake, dried figs, eggs, milk and olive oil.
  • Crumbs, fried breadcrumbs
  • Fried eggs with garlic, fried eggs with garlic.
  • Choto al Ajillo, garlic kid

Things to see at Órgiva:

  • La Sala Cervantina "Agustín Martín Zaragoza
    This library houses one of the most important Don Quixote collections in existence. The library was founded in 1953 and is located in the Plaza de Alpujarra (Orgiva).
  • Church of Nuestra Señora de la Expectación
    Church of Órgiva, dominating the village. It is impossible to miss this church. It looks modern, painted in beige/yellow, common in Spain.
  • Chapel of San Sebastian
  • Palace of the Counts of Sastago.
    This palace was built on the ruins of an old 16th century tower in a Moorish farmhouse. It can still be seen on the corners.
  • Bridge of the Seven Eyes
  • Órgiva weekly market.
    A Thursday at the market in Órgiva is a great experience, especially for shoppers and lovers of natural products. It seems like the whole town is coming out! Spices, fruits, vegetables, nothing perfectly formed, ugly but delicious and fresh. Tea made from fresh lavender, oranges, flowers, cinnamon. Clothes, socks, carpets and many more products.

THE ALPUJARRAS