La Alpujarra of Almeria

La Alpujarra of Almeria

The Sierra Nevada is a dramatic, rugged and extensive mountain range, the highest in Europe after the Alps and the most significant section of the Cordillera Penibética. The protected area encompasses 86,208ha of torrential rivers, sheer-sided gorges, stony scree slopes, glacial lakes between snowy summits and, in the foothills of the Alpujarras, cultivated terraces of almond trees and vegetables.

Festivals in Láujar de Andarax are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, San Vicente Mártir, La Candelaria, Día de Andalucía, Los Quintos, Semana Santa, Romería de San Marcos, Feria Vitinícola de La Alpujarra, Cruces de Mayo and Fiestas en honor a Nuestra Señora de la Salud.

Láujar de Andarax occupies a hillside position at 920m. With a backdrop of rocky peaks and dense pine forest, it has stunning views over the fertile plain of the Andarax River. The town is famous for being the residence of Boabdil, the last Nasrid ruler of the Moorish Kingdom of Al-Andalus, who sought refuge in Láujar in 1492 after he was expelled from Granada following the city’s capture by the Catholic Monarchs.

Festivals in Ohanes are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, San Antón, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa, San Marcos, Fiestas Patronales en honor de la Virgen de Consolación de Tices and Octava.

The first evidence of human presence in the area dates back to the Neolithic era, in the so-called Culture of the Caves, where the Nieles and Almecena caves particularly stand out. Ceramic and imprint remains from the fifth millennium BC have been discovered. The Argar Culture and the progressive Iberian, Phoenician and Carthaginian hordes gave way to Roman domination.

Festivals in Padules are Cabalgata de Reyes Magos, San Antón Abad, Día de Andalucía, Semana Santa and Fiestas de Santa María la Mayor.