The Alpujarra is a region of Granada which has remained untouched by time, in part because of its difficult access until not too long ago; it is located in a mountainous area and has a beautiful landscape.
Halfway between Sierra Nevada and the sea, bordered by Sierra de Lujar is situated La Alpujarra, a destination worth visiting.
This municipality of Granada remains virtually intact and still retains much of the original Muslim architecture, a fascinating place that has been hidden for centuries and has only begun to be visited from the nineteenth century.
La Alpujarra acquired an important development, with the Muslim presence during the period of Al-Andalus, a reign that ended 8 centuries after the conquest of Al-Andalus by the Christian armies.
This municipality is known for being the hub of the known 'Rebellion of the Alpujarras' a Moorish rebellion that spread over all the territories conquered by the Christians in Al-Andalus because of the oppression to which the Muslims were subjected.
This municipality has become quite popular over the last few years; is a place with great traditions and festivals, an excellent gastronomy and fairly inexpensive lodgings if you want to spend the night there.
Local festivals of the Alpujarra are varied and among them we can highlight the Moors and Christians, a representation of the battles between the two sides during the conquest of al-Andalus.
Since 1982 is celebrated every year the Traditional Music Festival during the month of August and during the month of November the chestnut festival, a celebration during which are roasted chestnuts and people are singing and dancing around a bonfire.
An area that has remained isolated for many years like the Alpujarra has developed an important manifestation in crafts, with elements of Arab origin like pottery made with wood stoves, looms, handicrafts with Esparto and wicker...
The best way to get to La Alpujarra is by car, although there are other means such as bus or taxi, but using your own vehicle you will discover other interesting towns you find along the way.
The Alpujarra is accessible from different points:
- >From Granada through the national road N-323
- >From the coast taking the A-346 that goes north passing by Orgiva
- >From Almeria taking the A-347
- >From Guadix through the port of La Ragua at 2000 meters altitude.
If you're traveling from Malaga in a rental car to the Alpujarra we recommend the coastal route that passes through Torre del Mar, Nerja and Almuñecar up to Motril, from where you take the northbound direction to Orgiva. This route is very beautiful and you can enjoy a gorgeous scenery all the way.
In the map below you can see the route in more detail: