Travel Spain: The villages you should visit in the Alpujarra south of Granada

LYING on the south face of the Sierra Nevada, and spanning the provinces of Granada and Almeria, Las Alpujarras or La Alpujarra, is a mountainous area comprehensive of picturesque white villages designed in a Moorish style, irrigation units courting back to the Berbers, and agricultural terraces bordered by steep ravines.

Recognized for its ‘jamon serrano’ (fixed ham) and ‘costavin’ (wine), the Alpujarra is ripe with deliver this kind of as olives, almonds, chestnuts, oranges, and lemons – as made famed by the book, ‘Driving About Lemons’, by renowned regional resident, Chris Stewart.

The GR7 E4 strolling route runs through La Alpujarra, before continuing to Tarifa and all the way up to Andorra, whilst some of the signposting is dubious certainly.

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The Olive Press checked out which towns and villages are worthy of visiting in the stunning Granada Alpujarra.


Considered the “gateway to La Alpujarra”, Lanjaron, is a spa city famed for its ‘Aguas de Lanjaron’ water that is bottled and sold through Spain and France.

With a target on tourism, Lanjaron has its individual spa (“balnerio”), a honey museum, and hosts biking functions this kind of as ‘Canon Trail’, building it preferred with mountain bikers. 

It is also famed for its San Juan Fiesta of Water and Ham that can take spot close to June 23 per year. This features a mass water fight that draws in people from all above Spain.

Lanjaron has a lot of signposted walks and cycle trails, and all over 70 bars you can rest in later on.

Really don’t miss: The San Juan fiesta, if you can e-book lodging in excellent time.

In which to eat: Resort Espana (excellent principal dishes and ‘tapas’), Bar Los Faroles (generous ‘menu del dia’ on weekdays).


Hippy hub Orgiva. Picture by Jo Chipchase

Regarded for its different scene, Orgiva is a thriving industry city that is a melting pot of distinct cultures. It has quite a few outlets, bars and restaurants, as very well as two campsites and a decision of swimming swimming pools in summer months.  You’ll also come across new music situations, gigs, and DJ evenings.

Really do not miss: Thursday market place, having spot until 1pm near the major plaza.

Where by to consume: Baraka for fresh new salads, kebabs, and hummus Pizza & Appreciate for the very best pizza in city.


It is practically unattainable to compose about La Alpujarra without mentioning Soportujar, which has carved a highly effective specialized niche by building a witchy and supernatural concept. This incorporates many visitor points of interest, these as a home with rooster legs, a serpent and a significant, metallic spider. Although the concept park vibe proves well-liked with families, it may possibly not enchantment to every discerning adult!

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Nevertheless, Soportujar has a lot of other charms, together with Spain’s narrowest avenue and a new-ish swimming pool with a decent ‘chirungito’. It’s ideal to stay away from fast paced weekends and community holidays, when parking and purchasing food items in bars is tricky.

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Really don’t pass up: The dragon fountain by Jose Vera. The water arrives out of an interesting… position!

Where by to consume: Cueva del Dragon for residence-cooked foods.


The 3 white villages clustered in the Poquiera valley all keep the prestigious ‘Bonitas de Espana’ award, this means they are quite lovely. These a few villages are physically near – around 5min from every single other by car and 30min on foot, utilizing different local trails – and are worthy of exploration. Poquiera is the best location to get artisan crafts, garments, and regular Alpujarran rugs at very good rates.

Pampaneira has h2o drainage channels working as a result of its key road, which helps make a superior Instagram snap.

Capileira has winding mountain tracks functioning previously mentioned the city and a forestry recreation location the place you can end for a picnic.

Do not pass up: The Abuala Ili chocholate shop for artisan choccy, with totally free samples.

Where by to try to eat: El Asador in Capileira (superior excellent) or Restaurante Guillermo on the highway beneath Pampaneira (conventional foods).


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Pitres, one particular of the villages of ‘La Taha’, provides an beautiful campsite with an unusual-formed swimming pool – best to amazing down in summer time months. It also has a Coviran supermarket that sells British food items cheaply. You can also stop and have a enjoyable ‘menu del dia’ by the roadside, with quick parking and sensible prices. The nearby village of Atalbeitar, a couple of minutes’ push absent, has an “off the overwhelmed track” vibe, as very well as quite a few cats roaming all over.

Don’t skip: The Coviran!

Wherever to try to eat: Bar Restaurante La Carretera


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1 of the best villages in La Alpujarra – located at 1,486m, and with 200m big difference involving its best and most affordable ‘barrios’ – Trevelez is famed for its healed ‘jamon serrano’, which can be purchased in various shops in the course of city. It from time to time lies above the snowline in winter season, earning for remarkable views. You’re spoilt for selection if you want dining establishments (or to take in ham!) and the close by Neuva Hotel Alcabaza de Busquistar offers lodging with balconies overlooking the Rio Trevelez. Given that 1912, the town has celebrated the Virgin of the Snow fiesta on August 5, when horse riders make their way up Mulhacen to pay back tribute, disregarding their hangovers.

Do not skip: The ham

Where to consume: Meson la Fragua

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