Andalusian Adventure post 5
Due to lack of pre planning and time we simply didn’t have time to go hiking in the Alpujarras. We , well i was very keen to see this region of mountain villages that cling to the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada, and was determined to get there even if just for the day. WE quickly learned that transport from Granada and back was in a day was more a less impossible so we was left with no other alternative but t book a”day tour” Im not a Day tour type but this was the only way we could get there and back in a day, and also get to see the region as a whole as opposed to one or two towns. It was actually a great full day our if im honest, Antonio our guide was great and full of information and not having to navigate or drive myself took the stress out of the day and i was able to just enjoy myself. We met out local guide Antonio, and driver Juan Carlos, at 7.30am we was joined by a few moreelder couples, and off we went Alpujjaras bound……
LAJANRON– Was our first stop. We took a little stroll through the town but, primarily went there as to have breakfast in a restaurant on the opposite Lanjaron, and therefore had an amazing view overlooking the valleys and the town itself. Still a little sleepy and hungry i didn’t even take a picture of the view but i did of my toastadas 🙂
Fun fact :Lajaron is where the famous Lajaron water is bottled and distributed. People used to visit this spa town for the therapeutic properties in the water. However, sadly as trends change, people now prefer to go to the beaches and coastal towns. apparently this town has the longest life expectancy rate in the country.
On the way to our second stop we passed through largest town of the Alpujjaras, Overja , also the capital of the region and where you’ll find all the public services , schools, transport links, etc.
Stop 2- PAMPERNIERA Or as i call it – SlateVille!
I call it SlateVille because everything in this sweet village, and i mean everything, is made/built out of slate. Sounds strange, it is and also oddly beautiful!
Fun Fact Slate is used because its the material that can be found in, abundance, in the surrounding hills and mountains.
This Slate maze like town also has many other quirky features such as the super cool water system that runs through the middle of the street! the chimneys that appear to have hats on and random tiny doors.:)
Stop 3 PORTUGOS – a.k.a The town of the Red Iron Water.
This was a pretty awesome stop, where we visited a phenomenal waterfall called La Fuente Agria, that carried natural mineral waters with such a high iron content that it turned the water red.
At street level across the road there is a fountain with 5 taps.
From right to left the water goes from less iron but more gas to more iron and less gas. It looks and sounds mad but it’s acutally pretty tasty . We tried a little of each and by tap five you can really taste the iron yuk!! but it did feel super heathy and strong.
Stop 4 – TREVELEZ – a.k.a Cured Jamon Ville
Fun Fact – This town sits at at over 4,840 feet above sea level, making it one of the highest villages in Europe
This particular town has the perfect natural conditions for producing cure ham (jamon) so, that is exactly what the entire town is dedicated to, Ham, Ham and More ham!! so guess what we did yes, correct we went to visit a Ham Factory where we were walked through the process. Fernando loves Jamon with a passion so he was in ham heaven and loving it! It was interesting and we did get to try some delisious hams too and then brought loads to bring home. But it didn’t make it that far within 3 days it was finished 🙂
fun fact: pigs are not breed in Granada so all the ham here is sent to the village.
Our final stop CAPILEIRA – The Retreat
Capilerira, is yet another lovely town. The perfect mountain get away. Of all the towns we visited, except maybe Lanjaron, Capileiera has the most to offer, by way of bars & restaurants, variety of accommodation and activities. It has the most Mountain Retreat-like vibe without feeling to remote, if that makes sense. I’ll be back;)
LUNCH TIME – was deliciously interesting! we had a few courses of some typical and traditional spanish dishes and local wine. Ensalada Mixta and fried aubergine in honey to start, then gazpacho, then a unique plate of Fried egg,jamon, chorizo, black pudding and patatas pobres.
Before the 2 hour journey back to the city Fernando and i went on a little stroll around this town then found a nice spot to chill and play some cards. An hour later we boarded our mini bus,our stomachs still full , Antonio suggested we take a siesta. This was good advice so much so that he actually fell asleep before we did:)
I enjoyed this day out more than I expected I would. It was a great escape from the city and i was finally starting to feel i was away from it all. The couples we met were also very interesting. though they were old enough to be our parents we all had a lovely day together. I would very much like to return to this region and do a purely hiking holiday, as what was missing from this day out was the space in between the towns , the wildlife and nature, the valleys and gorges, then arriving at these towns after a longs days walk resting up and setting of again. Now that’s! the Alpujjaras i want to see next time, but this was a good taster.
I’ll be back:)