La Alpujarra is without doubt one of the most beautiful regions in Europe, let alone Spain.
With its Moorish architecture, and historical links back to the 1400s. There is something special about the mountains.
In winter you can ski in the high Sierra Nevada (November to April) and then drive down to the beaches of Salobrena and Almunecar and swim in the Mediterranean.
If you want to rent your own villa / farmhouse in the mountains then click here to a selection of wonderful properties. Rental in La Alpujarra
11 October, 2007
This is a photo taken on 5th October of the dam at the entrance to Las Alpujarras just north of Salobrena on the coast. The water appears to have risen by at least 20 meters if you compare the photo to the one lower down taken in July 2006.
25 September, 2007
Looking back down towards the ski village. This is only a third of the way up to the higher slopes.This was taken in April when the upper slopes are still in use. It not uncommon to have a fresh layer of snow fall in late April. Thus exptecnding the season. Even more reason to visit the slopes in the morning and hit the beaches in the afternoon. I have seen snow up here in July. Cannot ski though!
A farmer in Capileira working one of the terraces. At the base of the wall you can see one the acequias that feeds water to the terrace. Wtaer can only be taken from the acequia on a specific day and time of day each week or fortnight. It depends on what the water rights are for that plot of land.
A view back down the Barranca from Capileira. The second highest village in Spain. You can see some the old terracing that has been left to return to its natural state. There are also areas of terracing that are still in use. Much of the produce is for local use.