May 12th, 2010
Between the highest mountains in Spain and the Mediterranean Sea lays the district of La Alpujarra known as one of the most enchanting and beautiful regions of the world. La Alpujarra is located in Andalusia and lies within the province of Granada and Almeria and is famous for the snow-capped mountains, white villages and stunning landscapes.
The La Alpujarra (aslo called Las Alpujarras) district is known for its natural beauty and genuine Spanish villages and lifestyle. The soil is one of the most fertile in Spain where the melted snow from the mountains of Sierra Nevada irrigates the valleys below. Due to the steep terrain and small fields modern agricultural techniques are difficult to use and it is therefore a common sight to see the farmers plough using the old methods, which adds to the charm of the area.
The district is made up of approximately fifty villages with date back to the time of the Moors in Andalusia. In 1492 the Spanish took over Granada and the Moors that remained where forced to convert to Christianity. The Muslims who refused to covert fled to the area of La Alpujara which explains the ever so present Arabic influence in the villages and the houses. Many travel to La Alpujarra to have the opportunity to get a feel of the unique Spain and Andalusian culture, a far cry from the bustling tourist destinations along the coasts. In La Alpujarra one will find picturesque white villages, where gardenias hang from the windows of white washed houses along narrow cobbled stone streets. Some popular villages in the district are: Lanjaron, La Taha, Orgiva, Albuñol, Capileira, Bubion, and Trevelez.
If you want to enjoy unspoiled nature, tranquility and the genuine Spanish culture then Las Alpujarras is the perfect destination. The area offers a wide range of activities and is therefore an excellent option for both families and sports enthusiasts. Due to its amazing landscape hiking, biking, rock climbing and horseback riding are some activities that are extremely popular in the area. Its central location in the region makes it possible to make day trips to either the culture-rich city of Granada or down to Costa Tropical for some relaxing time on the beaches while enjoying the sun. The climate is typical for Andalusia – warm and sunny with crystal clear blue skies during most of the year. The air in the Alpujarra is said to one of the cleanest in Europe and because of the altitude the summer heat is not as oppressive as it can be in many parts of southern Spain.
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