Flavours of Spain
One of the larger villages in Las Alpujarras
high above the Poqueira Gorge on the southern side of the
Sierra Nevada Mountains, this was one of the more isolated
and inaccessible areas of Spain. It was one of the last
strongholds of the Moors in the C15th, before they were
finally defeated by the Catholic Monarchs. The village still
retains the typical Moorish architecture of the
At 1058m, there is only the small settlement of Capilliera and Bubion above it. Above and below, the ground falls away in terraces to the river valley.
The tourist shops, chocolate factory and church are in the square in the centre of the village. There are bars, cafes and small shops scattered round the rest of the streets.
Iglesia de Santa Cruz dates from the C16th and is a large rectangular building with plaster and brick walls and a small offset bell tower. Unfortunately it was locked.
There are small fountains scattered round the town.
The Lavado or communal wash house is on a side street above the market place, but is no longer used.
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