In the southern slope of great massif of Sierra Nevada, between the mountains of Gádor and the Lecrín valley, extends the region of the Alpujarra, one of the most picturesque of all Andalusia. In addition to lush forests, the area is rich in water springs, some as famous as those of Lanjarón.
The town of Lanjarón is the gateway from the Lecrín valley the heart of the grenadine Alpujarra. This large population is probably the most famous spa city of Spain.
The large number of sources and medicinal springs water at its disposal, in addition to its known spa, which have succeeded in Lanjarón is the main tourist resort of La Alpujarra and one of the largest in the province. Undoubtedly, the building most representative of its architectural heritage is the namesake resort, located in the heart of the village. The current complex was built in the 1920’s neo-Mudejar style, replacing the previous 1843. In its nearly 160 years, this center has been the resting place chosen by many artists and aristocrats, such as Manuel de Falla and Federico García Lorca. Apart from this spa, Lanjarón retains some architectural elements noteworthy: the ruins of an ancient fortress Almoravid the twelfth century, well-preserved, and the parish church of the incarnation of the Mudejar style and with an interesting Baroque interior. In the neighborhood of Hondillo can still contemplate the traditional dwellings alpujarreñas.
The beautiful village of Orgiva sits nearly 450 meters high, between the courses of rivers and Chico Guadalfeo. Among the monuments of Orgiva Excel castle-palace of the Counts of Shank, fortress palace of the seventeenth century and the mill Benizalte of Muslim origin. As for religious architecture review include the Church of Our Lady of expectations, the sixteenth century, built on an ancient mosque. At the top of slender people stands the Hermitage of San Sebastian.
The people of Pampaneira is located in the lower zone of the famous ravine Poqueira, rugged landscape in which, clinging to the rocks, are located also the peoples of Capileira and Bubion, populations that emerge whole essence of the picturesque Alpujarra: streets paved and winding track, crossed in its central part by ditches or drains water, very typical elements of urban Muslim. For this reason, the villas of the Poqueira gorge have been designated historical and artistic interest of National Interest.
Located southwest of Mulhacén peak at an altitude of 1,476 meters, Trevélez is the highest village in the Iberian peninsula. Famous for its delicious hams and trout, this town has managed to combine all the charm alpujarreño with tourism increasingly interested in the magnificent rural environment of these lands. Of the three districts that make up the population, Upper, Middle and retain part of urban design and architecture typical alpujarreña. Instead, the neighborhood has become Under the tourist centre of excellence for people with large numbers of sausages and craft bazaars. Among the religious architecture of Trevélez out his parish church, Renaissance, with a tower Mudejar original. An excursion highly recommended by around Trevélez is the site of Seven Lakes, where the river is born Trevélez. In the viewpoint of the Age of the Red can be seen fantastic panoramic heart of the Sierra Nevada.
The population of Trevélez is known for its exquisite hams. Climatic conditions that enjoys the area make it a very conducive place for healing, which generated the development of a food industry that is a cherished economic resource of the village and the entire High Alpujarra. In 1862, these hams were distinguished by Queen Elizabeth II, by allowing lead in their wrappers seal of the royal crown, privilege granted by its high quality.