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Quería… - I’d like…..

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Albondon

History

With an Arab origin, the town had special splendour during the Arab-Andalusi cultural centuries thanks to the exploitation of its farming resources. After the Christian reconquest and the expelling of the Moriscos, the area became partially depopulated. Then it belonged to Count Cifuentes' estate until it became independent from Albuñol in 1653.

Halfway through the 19th century, the population of Albondon grew and reached 3,500 inhabitants thanks to the wine and sultana production, which were exported abroad from the ports of La Mamola and La Rabita.

Like the other coastal Granada towns and villages, Albondon has today a thriving economy thanks to the tropical-farming development and tourism.

Things to see & do

San Luis parish church (it has a Virgin Mary sculpture attributed to sculptor Jose de Mora).

Map - ALBONDON - Granada - Andalusia

Gastronomy

Cold meats. Alpujarra dish.

Cakes: a Great variety of Arab cakes whose main ingredient are almonds.

Local wines.

Climate

It is in the Alpujarra Baja area of Granada, in the southern slope of the Contraviesa mountain range, as you go down to the Mediterranean coast. It has a mild subtropical climate, suitable for almond and grapevine cultivation, that produces a well-known wine.

Photographs

Albondon, Las Alpujarras

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Useful Info

Inhabitants: 1,192

Altitude: 895 ms.

Distance to Granada (km): 110


Surface (km2): 34


Gentilicio: Albondoneros


Zip code: 18708

Council: Telephone: 958 826 006, Fax: 958 826 726

Fiestas

Holiday in honour of saint Louis, King of France

25th August

Saint Isidro feast day

 1st May

 
Orgiva

Orgiva, Las AlpujarrasThis thriving, friendly town is the capital of Las Alpujarras, and is one of the larger and more populated towns in the region.  Orgiva has a population of about 5000.  The town is the first that people reach coming from the N340 along the coast, and is a good starting point for an exploration of Las Alpujarras

There is a weekly market (on Thursdays), and the town also has a Tourist Information Office. 

Orgiva, Las AlpujarrasOrgiva has several cafes, bars, hotels, and hostels, and camping sites. 

Orgiva has an attractive twin-spire church which dates from the 16th Century, called the Iglesia de Nuestra Senora de la Expectacion.  There is also an old white-washed church at the top of the town, called Ermita de San Sebastian. 

There are two delightful village squares.  The Plaza de Alpujarras has walkways displaying tile pictures of several villages in Las Alpujarras. 

Orgiva is set in a valley surrounded by forests with the Rio Chico running through it, so is a good starting point for walks, and has lovely views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada, Sierra de Lujar, and Sierra Contravesia. 

The Festival of Orgiva is 30th Sept – 3rd Oct. 

Orgiva, Las Alpujarras

 
Albuñol

History

Although it presumably has a Roman origin, the town's splendour was under the Moorish, when Albuñol was the most important town of great Cehel or 'great coast'. During those centuries, the castle of La Rabita defended it. In the 16th century, Luis Zapata Portocarrero bought the town from the royal family, from Queen Juana known as Juana the Mad, and then was awarded with the title of the town. After the Moriscos expelling in 1570, the Alpujarra area started to get populated by Castilians, Galicians and people from Leon, but this did not happen in Albuñol until the 17th century. In 1834 it became a county seat with the same name; the office is in Motril today.

Albuñol already existed in the Neolithic, as the archaeological remains of Los Murciélagos cave prove. The fact that it is between two Phoenician colonies, Adra and Almuñecar, justifies that Albuñol was strongly influenced by the Phoenicians and then the Arabs, although under a different name.

In 1490, the population was 300 and the income was 340 maravedies.

In 1505, Mr. Luis de Zapata bought the estate of Albuñol from Queen Juana the Mad, the daughter of the Catholic Monarchs.

Things to see & do

Virgen del Rosario parish church (17th century, restored in 1833), impressive inside.

Casa de las Margaritas (currently a parish church). It sheltered Granada-born writer Pedro Antonio de Alarcon. He wrote part of his works there.

San Antonio hermitage(17th century).

San Gregorio convent (18th century).

Map - ALBUÑOL - Granada - Andalusia

Gastronomy

Due to the local farming and fishing environment, you can enjoy a natural gastronomy, with typical dishes of fried bread crumbs, dried fish, fried kid with garlic, sardines, vegetables, top quality seasoned pork, ham, and traditional Moorish cakes. As for the local wines, they are quality, balanced and light, with a slight fruity flavour, ideal to accompany meat and cold meats.

Fruit and vegetable growing products are particularly good, and there are prestigious brands of courgettes, green beans, peppers, tirabeques and cherry tomatoes. Due to the mild subtropical climate in the area, almonds and grapevines grow particularly well and produce the popular Cerro del Gato wine.

Climate

Typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers. It rains very little during most part of the year.

It is 246 metres above sea level, the average gradient is 35,00 and the rainfall is 521,30 m3.The average temperature is 17.80 Cº and the maximum temperature is 22.45 Cº, with great agro climatic conditions that allow a proper diversification of farm products and the area's adaptation to the new demands.

Photographs

Albunol, Las Alpujarras   Albunol, Las Alpujarras   Albunol, Las Alpujarras

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Useful Info

Inhabitants: 5,566

Altitude: 246 ms.

Distance to Granada (km): 101


Surface (km2): 63


Gentilicio: Albuñolenses


Zip code: 18700

Council:Telephone: 958 826 772

Fiestas

San Patricio.
March 17th

San Marcos.
April 25th

Feria del Verano.
First weekend of July

Los Santos.
30th October - 1st November

Vegetation

There are almond trees and vineyards in the mountainous area. Farming is the driving force of the local economy.  The typical local farming products are beans, tomatoes, cucumber, peas, aubergines, peppers, mange touts, among others.

 
Almegíjar

History

The district of Almegíjar is part of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park and is located on the southern side. It is close to river Guadalfeo and has the main characteristics of the villages of the Alpujarra region- singular architecture of the houses, adapted to the craggy land and the climate of the area, with narrow streets of a Moorish past.

Things to see & do

Parish church (1651)

Mapa - ALMEGIJAR - Granada - Andalucía

Gastronomy

Alpujarra soups. Fried kid with garlic. Sirloin stuffed with mushrooms. Alfeñique. Cakes- chestnut creme caramel. Figs. Quince jelly. Honey coated courgettes. Alfajores. Cottage cheese.

Photographs

Almegijar, Las Alpujarras   Almegijar, Las Alpujarras

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Useful Info

Inhabitants: 430

Altitude: 700 ms.

Distance to Granada (km): 86


Surface (km2): 29


Gentilicio: Almegijeños


Zip code: 18438

Council:Telephone: 958 764 031

 
Bérchules

History

The district of Berchules is part of Sierra Nevada Natural Park and it is located in its the southern slope. It is well-known by its fruits, wines and cured ham. Also, it has the main characteristics of the villages of the Alpujarra region- a singular architecture of the houses, perfectly adapted to the rugged ground and the climate of the area. They are built along narrow streets with a touch of their Moorish past.

Things to see & do

San Juan Bautista parish church (Mudejar panelled ceiling and tower)

 Santa Maria la Mayor parish church (1789)

 

Mapa - BERCHULES - Granada - Andalucía
 

 

Gastronomy

Toasted pepper soup. Fried bread crumbs. Fennel stew. Quails in Onion sauce. Fried rabbit with garlic. Fried kid with garlic. Cakes: Peñasco.

Photographs

Las Alpujarras   Las Alpujarras  

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Useful Info

Inhabitants: 871

Altitude: 1319 ms.

Distance to Granada (km): 108


Surface (km2): 70


Gentilicio: Berchuleros


Zip code: 18451

Council:Telephone: 958 769 001

Fiestas

Holiday in honour of Christ (Alcutar)

August 8th

San Pantaleon

July 27th

san marcos

25th April

 
Bubión

History

The Barranco del Poqueira is one of the most visited natural spaces in the province of Granada. This impressive ravine in the southern slope of Sierra Nevada range, descending from the Veleta peak, has three beautiful villages on its mountain hillside- Capileira, Bubion and Pampaneira. Bubion has the main characteristics of the villages of the Alpujarra region, that is, a singular architecture of the houses, perfectly adapted to the rugged ground and the climate of the area. They are built along narrow streets with a touch of their Moorish past.  The village dates back to Roman times but is perhaps more famous for its Moorish origins. Hence the classic architecture of the village, identical to Berber originals in the Atlas mountains of Northern Africa. Characterised by flat roofs and prominent chimney pots, the houses spill down the steep mountainside, connected by little walkways and a narrow, winding, cobbled street.

Things to see & do

Mudejar church-fortress

Casa Alpujarreña A small, but fascinating museum

 

Mapa - BUBION - Granada - Andalucía

 

Gastronomy

Cured sausages. Migas (dish made of bread, garlic, oil and bacon). Almond soup. Gachas (salty porridge). Sobrehusa. Lamb cooked in sauce. Green asparagus cooked in garlic. Conejo en ajopollo (rabbit and garlic dish). Trout. Sobrehusa de espinacas. Kid cooked in garlic. Alpujarra style dish.

Sweets: Custard with liquored biscuit. Alfajores (almond-flavoured cakes). Honey cakes. Piñonate.

Climate

Situated in the high mountains, winters can be cold (frosts are common and occasionally snow falls in Bubión) but in the main it's a delightful climate with 300 or so days of sunshine each year, very low humidity and daytime summer temperatures usually around 30ºC.

Photographs

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Useful Info

Inhabitants: 393

Altitude: 1,400 ms.

Distance to Granada (km): 78


Surface (km2): 15


Gentilicio: Bubioneros


Zip code: 18412

Council:Telephone: 958 763 032

Fiestas

San Antón Day

celebrated in January.

San Sebastián Day

celebrated in September, on which the "burial of the fox" takes place.

Vegetation

All around is glorious nature: chestnut, walnut, and oak trees, cherry and mulberry too. Here and there you will come across the locals tending their "huertos" (little vegetable gardens), perhaps leading a small flock of goats or sheep to new pastures or returning home from a day's toil in the fields along with their mules

 
Capileira

Capileira Capileirais the topmost village of the three in the Poqueira Gorge, and has fantastic views down into the gorge, looking over its rooftops. Capileira is the starting point for several walks. 

It has a population of 520 and is at an elevation of 1440m.  There is a 16th Century church, and a small weaving workshop where you can watch work being done.  Capileira

There are some particularly good rug-shops here that tend to be cheaper than in the lower villages.  Capileira is the quietest of the three villages, as it is the highest one and least touristy.  The houses here are beautiful, traditional Alpujarran houses; white-washed with beams over the tiny, steep streets, and houses covered in flowers and pot-plants.  There are several hostels, bars and cafes. 

There is a road from Capileira over the Sierra Nevada to the ski-village of Pradollano, but it is closed to vehicles unless you have a permit.  However, during late June to late Oct there is a National Park shuttle bus service along this route, called the ‘High Peaks Environmental Interpretation Service’, and tickets for this can be bought in the Atlas Cumbres at Capileira.

Capileira

 

 
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