Las Alpujarras day trip from Granada Spain

Immerge yourself into the dream world of Andalucía, Moorish palaces and rustic taverns, set to the blue backdrop of the Mediterranean. Away from the coast discover white-washed villages straddling mighty gorges, nature reserves spanning great sierras and city’s congregating on vibrant plazas.

Among all these, the Alpujarra is a natural paradise formed by a series of picturesque villages of great beauty that extends over the south foothills of Sierra Nevada up to the Mediterranean coast, between the provinces of Granada and Almeria. This is an area of contrasts, with a rugged terrain formed by valleys and ravines.

Las Alpujarras in Granada, Spain

SOUTH OF SPAIN: ANDALUSIA, ALMERIA AND GRANADA

Andalucía is Spain’s most southerly region, heavy with Moorish influence, which is evident in the wonderful food and historic architecture of the coastline. Road trip Andalucia for some of Spain’s most romantic cities, the passion of flamenco and its iconic “pueblos blancos (white towns) and you will encounter stunning landscapes that you won’t want to leave.

Lanjaron is a white village of La Alpujarra in Granada, Spain

CHOOSE ALMERIA FOR YOUR DAY TRIPS IN SPAIN…

Almería is located in the Eastern part of Andalucía, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, Granada province in Andalucía and the Murcia region to the north. Just being in Almeria is an attraction in itself, because its unassuming beauty is all around: in the mountain landscapes, in the coastal seascapes, in the natural parks and of course in the nature reserves.

Every village and town here are special, each with its history and charm. The village fuente (fountain), the plaza (square), or the iglesia (church) are magic!

Besides, Almeria is home to the stunning Cabo de Gata nature park, where you can enjoy the spectacular coastal pathways and panoramic views as well as great beaches and varied wildlife.

 

Las Alpujarras in Granada, Spain
Natural Park of Cabo de Gata in Almeria, Spain

…AND DON’T MISS GRANADA FOR THE SPAIN TRIP BUCKET LIST

At the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, between the rivers Darro and Genil, lies one of the most interesting cities in eastern Andalusia. Granada has a Moorish flavor, as it was the last city to be reconquered by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492. The gastronomy, craftwork and urban planning are influenced by its glorious past.

Natural Park of Sierra Nevada in Granada, Spain

CHARMING AND BEAUTIFUL ALPUJARRA REGION IN SOUTHERN SPAIN

Almería shares the Alpujarra region with Granada.  While the villages in Granada are lusher and better known, Almería’s Alpujarra pueblos are mostly off the map.

Discover with us the Alpujarra, this particular valley located at the foot of Sierra Nevada dotted with white villages with flat roofs made of earth and their farmland more than 2000 meters above sea level.

Pampaneira is a white villages of Las Alpujarras in Granada, Spain
Pampaneira is a white villages of Las Alpujarras in Granada, Spain

Discover the beauty of nature in Las Alpujarras from Granada

On the slopes of the grand Sierra Nevada Mountains there is a hilly region known as the Las Alpujarras. It covers about 70 km of alpine vegetation and rocky outcrops interrupted by fertile terrace farmlands and orchards with natural springs that are fed by the snowcapped peaks. Spread around there are tiny whitewashed villages. These villages have Mudéjar churches and houses with flat roofs and unique chimney pots, and are lined with beautiful flowers.

Dipping into the villages throughout Las Alpujarras is an magnificent adventurous day trip from Granada.
Pampaneira is a white villages of Las Alpujarras in Granada, Spain

The whitewashed façades, the flat slate or stone roofs and their narrow streets transform them into a unique landscape full of springs and legends that, over the centuries, has attracted travelers from around the world.

UNTOUCHED VILLAGES OF THE ALPUJARRA: BEST VILLAGES IN ALPUJARRAS

Granada’s Alpujarra region offers some great hiking, and some of the most charming towns in Southern Spain.  This area is perfect for hiking and cycling.

Some of the standout pueblos are Ohanes, Canjáyar, Fondón, and Laujar de Andarax. Moreover, a few towns worth seeing are Órgiva, Lanjarón, Pampaneira, Trevélez, or Válor, each one with something amazing to share.

These are only a few of the places to stop, but there are so many more.  If you have the time, a few days in the Alpujarra will be rewarding.

Castle of Lanjaron in Las Alpujarras, Granada (Spain)
Ohanes is a white villages of Las Alpujarras in Granada, Spain

TAKE THE ALPUJARRAS TOUR

La Alpujarra is for sure on of the most impressive regions in Spain and at the same time the perfect place to relax yourself after dealing with the crowds in cities like Seville, Granada, or Malaga.

This trip is definitely a must for any adventurer in Andalusia, especially for those looking to immerse themselves in its gorgeous nature and quaint environments.

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