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Las Alpujarras is a 70km long collection of valleys along the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada.  It is a mixture of dramatic mountains, deep ravines, sloping hillsides, huge gorges, and the most breath-taking views.  It is full of many clusters of beautiful white villages, often seemingly clinging together on the side of a steep mountainside, which are a traditional feature of this area.

Las Alpujarras has often been described as 'oddball', 'kooky' or 'strange' due to its uniqueness, and olde-world quality.  It has a sense of timelessness and its own pace of life.  It is extremely picturesque and beautiful and once you have visited for the first time, this area stays in your heart and you will come back time and time again.

The Alpujarran people are very welcoming; everywhere you go you are greeted with a friendly 'Hola' and are soon made to feel part of the community.  There is a strong emphasis placed on family life; you will often see several generations of the same family sat down enjoying a meal together. 

It is a particularly delightful area to explore on foot and there are many well-signposted walking routes, ranging from a short stroll, to day long hikes into the Sierra Nevada.  For the really serious walker there are two famous long-distance foot paths that cross Las Alpujarras.  One is the GR-7  which begins in Tarifa in Cadiz province and crosses Europe all the way to Greece.  The other is the GR-142 which runs from Lanjaron to Fiñana on the northern side of the Sierra Nevada in Almeria province.

There is also a huge variety of plants, flowers, animals and birds to see in this region.  Ibex, Deer, Red Squirrel, Badger, Fox, Otter and Wild Boar are all inhabitants of the area.  Bird-watchers have the chance to see an enormous amount of birds of prey, such as Eagles, Vultures, Kestrels, Buzzards, Kites, Hawks and Harriers.  Reptiles are also a common sight in this area, including Snakes, Lizards and Geckos.   

Las Alpujarras, and in particular Granada, is famous for its delicious tapas.  These are small snacks served (often free) with an alcoholic drink and cover a wide range of imaginative dishes.  The town of Trevelez is famous for its Jamón Serrano (cured ham).  The well known 'Alpujarras' or 'Costa' wine can also be sampled.

The region has also become more famous due to the success of several books written by residents.  This began with Gerald Brenan who settled here in the village of Yegen in the 1920's and wrote 'South from Granada'.  Chris Stewart's books ('Driving over Lemons' and 'A Parrot in the Pepper Tree') describe his life in a small farming community near Orgiva.

 
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