The Alhambra with Sierra Nevada backdrop
The Alpujarra is without doubt one of Spain's most beautiful and contrasting areas. From the highest snow covered peak of Mulhacén to the sunny beaches of the Costa del Sol the landscape and peoples are so wonderfully varied.
This area of Spain is steeped in history and strongly influenced by the ancient Moors.
Mulhacén is the highest peak on the Iberian peninsular not only the highest point in the Sierra Nevada (snowy mountains) and marks the Northern most border of the Alpujarra.
The name Alpujarra is believed to be a derivation of "alba sierra" which means white mountain, although the traveler will hear many other theories regarding the origin of the name, the alba sierra version is most likely to be the correct one.
To get one of the best possible insights into life in the Alpujarra during the mid 20th century - the acclaimed book "South from Granada" is a must. An account written by Gerald Brenan of his stay in the small village of Yegen. Brenan lived with the local people sharing their daily lives throughout the 1920´s and a contemporary of Virginia Wolf, his lucid writings are well worth a read.
Another, and more recent account of the area by Chris Stewart is "Driving over Lemons" detailing his purchase of a finca in the valley by Orgiva and his - and his wife's - experiences and innermost feelings.
The Arabic history of the area will be seen in the handicrafts, names of places and the various customs of the peoples, but without further elaboration please click on the following link to move into the villages and countryside of The Alpujarra.
Snow covered peaks, fast running rivers, wonderful walks, collect chestnuts and almonds as you wander the hills of the Alpujarra.
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The Village of Velez de Benaudalla is the gateway to the Alpujarra cradled in the foothills and only ten minutes from the beaches of the Costa Tropical.
The village is steeped in history and worth visiting - especially during fiesta when the village is closed to traffic and the entire population take to the streets.
The village of Velez de Benaudalla