Soñando Sunday: La Alpujarra
La Alpujarra, Andalucía
Transport options to arrive: Bus or Car
- La Alpujarra is actually a group of small white towns located in the mountains near the city of Granada. You can arrive by bus from Granada, Málaga, Almería, and Motril. I would, however, recommend going by car if you can because you can control your visit so much more.
Recommended time of year to visit and length of visit: You can easily go for the afternoon, but going to spend the weekend is a really nice mini-getaway with decent weather and great views year-round. Some of the little towns are within walking distance of each other, making for easy visiting.
Fun Fact: When the Moors were kicked out of cities like Granada, they moved into the mountains to escape from the ‘Catholic Kings.’ When they were kicked out of the mountains as well, two Moorish families stayed in each city to make sure the new inhabitants understood how to take care of the land.
Top Three Must-sees:
1. Los molinos: If you have the chance to go by car and get out, I would recommend stopping by the windmills that line the countryside. Why? Mostly because it is cool to go right up to the massive windmills and touch them. You know, like a Don Quixote story.
2. Pampaneira, Bubión, and Capileira: These three cities are close enough to easily walk from one to the other via little trails that have raspberries and other mountain fruits in the fall. These are the most touristy of the villages, but are still super fun, and have all sorts of Alpujarra goods such as handmade rugs, jewelry, and food to try.
3. Soportújar: This cute little village has access to some great hiking routes (such as one that leads to a Buddhist temple). Also, it has some fun witches that overlook the valley while they brew up potions.
One thing to eat: While the Plato Alpujarreño is a classic dish, my advice is going to be to try as many types of homemade chocolate at Abuela ili or a chocolate factory in Pampaneira that has delicious samples. I would also recommend picking up some chocolate-covered oranges and almond-stuffed, chocolate-covered figs as gifts for your loved ones (or your snack home).