Pórtugos is truly a gift from nature: the village is the source of natural mineral waters with a high iron content; red in colour, they descend in a waterfall called La Fuente Agria. This waters appear at El Chorreón, where the water has worn its way through the rock, and pours through seven openings. The waters are particularly beneficial to people with anaemia, but only if imbibed directly from the fountain.
Located in the Alpujarra Mountains, La Placeta Guesthouse is set in gardens and each rustic apartment has free Wi-Fi and a private furnished sun terrace. A communal barbecue is available in the gardens and excursions in 4x4s can be organized.
Just above is the Ermita de la Virgen de las Angustias, the oldest monument in the area. It dates from the 18th century, although there was a sanctuary there previously. Walking through the village, visitors will find typically narrow streets and white houses adorned with flowers. In the centre, don’t miss the Iglesia Parroquial de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, a modern church built over the remains of a 16th-century chapel.
In the outskirts of Pórtugos, as well as amazing sights such as El Chorreón, visitors can try one of the many hiking routes between the Porquería and Trévelez ravines.
Local crafts in the village include leather and ceramic products.
Visitors who want to sample typical dishes from Pórtugos should try olla de la parva (stew made with chickpeas, green beans, potatoes, pork fat and chicken). Don’t pass up the chance to try the famous jamónes (cured hams), which are renowned throughout Spain.
The patron saint’s festival takes place on 7 October, in honour of la Virgen del Rosario. San Sebastián is also celebrated on 20 January.
Pórtugos is 75km from Granada city. Take the A-44 (direction Lanjarón), and once you pass this village change to the A-348. Finally, look for the turning for the GR-421.