custom, activities, hiking and gastronomy in the Alpujarras
The Alpujarras is punctuated by a constellation of small, white villages, characterized by a littered with popular architecture of building elements, unique in Spain. Many peoples preserved its traditional appearance, houses with high-purity whose resemblance with the mountains of the Maghreb Berber constructions is surprising, are scattered in seemingly anarchic way down the slopes. As gargantuan stairs treads, the housetops and roofs of a few serve output to others, and on these slender chimneys are ragged. During the autumn months are the rooftops filled with corn on the cob, strings of red peppers, eggplants and tomatoes to dry.
The interior layout, with the blocks on the ground floor in which animals make natural heating function and the House situated in the upper part, reflects a mode of life agriculture still present. The fact that houses are engaged each other and built on slopes, makes remote the effect of an agglomeration of boxes in ascent to the Summit. The unique tinaos are one of the most peculiar elements of the Alpujarra architecture, this kind of porch or Gallery facilitates the passage between houses that are a different level and protects livestock.
The particularity of these constructions exist only in la Alpujarra, in Algeria and in the Moroccan atlas, since they were introduced by the Berber Highlanders who colonized it in the middle ages.
The region consists mainly of a series of valleys and canyons that descend from the peaks of Sierra Nevada, in the North, to the backbone of the region, which is the great Valley, arranged in a westerly direction, formed by the basins of the Guadalfeo River, in the part of Granada, and the river Andarax, in the Almeria part. South Sierra de Lújar, the Sierra de la Contraviesa, the Sierra de Gádor, with its ravines, which descend from these mountains to the Mediterranean Sea.
Is an area of great natural beauty and great contrasts. Because of its mild climate, combined with a stable source of water for the irrigation of the rivers that descend from the Sierra Nevada, the valleys of La Alpujarra enjoy a significant degree of fertility, although because of the nature of the terrain can only be grown in small plots, for which the modern agricultural techniques are generally not viable. There are many fruit trees, such as orange, lemon, persimmon, Apple trees, fig trees, chestnut trees, almond trees, and vineyards. The East side of La Alpujarra, the Almería, as well as the South side of the coastal mountains, are more arid.