Alpujarra of Southern Spain
Las Alpujarras became the last bastion of the Moors before their expulsion from Spain and has been largely untouched by commercial tourism. . It retains its “Spanishness” unlike the tourist resorts of the coastal region but is becoming popular with holidaymakers looking for a cultural or countryside holiday.
Formed by the broad which runs along the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada las Alpujarras is noted for its picturesque white villages built in a distinctive Berber style of architecture clinging to the terraced hillsides and surrounded by olive and almond groves.
The area is steeped in history, here can be found Roman and Moorsish remains often linked by ancient packhorse routes or acequias (water channels) which have irrigated this terraced land for thousands of years. Walking here is more moderate allowing time to relax and take in the atmosphere of village plazas and strolling through this magical landscape.
Activities here include:-
Walking in the Poqueira Gorge where routes crisscross the river using ancient packhorse bridges. These walks usually finish in the relaxed atmosphere of one of the three villages in the valley.
Explore the ‘’Ruta Medieval’’ as it crosses roman bridges, passes ruined Arab bath houses and mosques, medieval corn mills before descending breathtaking zig zag paths down the side of the dramatic Travenque valley.
Follow the Camino de la Sierra as it climbs into the mountains above Lanjaron returning beside the acequias used for hundreds of years for transporting water across these otherwise arid mountain sides.
Use sections of long distance paths such as the GR7 and the recently created Sulyar trail to explore the areas hidden corners.