EXCURSION TO THE ALPUJARRAS

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TWO-DAY TRIP IN “LAS ALPUJARRAS".

A travel through time in one of the most hidden places of Europe. The region of Las Alpujarras and the high mountains of Sierra Nevada. We will hike on the old trails that will carry us from village to village and from valley to valley in the middle of landscapes of great natural beauty.

Duration: Friday and Saturday.

Activities:
Departure: Friday morning.

We will get to Pampaneira and from there we will hike on the Poqueira Gorge visiting the villages of Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira. We will have a picnic for lunch and we will return to Pampaneira where we will have dinner and spend the night in a small hostel.

On Saturday we will hike on another valley, La Tahá de Pitres. We will have another picnic for lunch and we will be returning to Granada at @ 6 pm. We will be hiking on mountain trails an average of 5-6 hours per day.

SERVICES INCLUDED:
• Transportation by bus (roundtrip Granada – Pampaneira)
• A guide during the hikes (Friday and Saturday)
• 2 Picnics (lunch on Friday and Saturday)
• Dinner (Friday)
• Breakfast (Saturday)
• Lodging (1 night)

During the hikes, the students will receive information on different geographical, social, historical, and natural facts of the region we will be visiting.

THINGS TO BRING FOR THE TRIP:
• Sun-tan Lotion
• Hat and sunglasses
• Water
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Comfortable clothes to walk and that will allow you to be cool if it is hot and warm if it is cold (layers). Remember we will be in the mountains and it gets cooler at night.

Las Alpujarras is a landlocked historical region in Southern Spain, which stretches south from the Sierra Nevada mountains near Granada in the autonomous community of Andalusia.
The western part of the region lies in the province of Granada and the eastern part in the province of Almería. In older sources the name is sometimes spelled Alpuxarras.

The region is one of great natural beauty. Because of a warm southerly climate combined with a reliable supply of water for irrigation from the rivers running off the Sierra Nevada, the valleys of the western Alpujarras are among the most fertile in Spain, though the steepness of the terrain means that they can only be cultivated in small fields, so that many modern agricultural techniques are impractical. They contain a rich abundance of fruit trees, especially grape vines, oranges, lemons, persimmons, figs and almonds.

The eastern Alpujarra, in the province of Almería, is more arid, but still highly attractive. The largest villages in the district are Lanjarón, with its ruined castle and chalybeate baths, Órgiva, Ugíjar, Laujar, Berja. All are situated at a considerable elevation, and Trevélez, whose main church is at 1476 metres above sea level, is the highest recognised town in Spain. The three white villages in the gorge of the Rio Poqueira, Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira, have become recognised tourist destinations; however, there are many other equally traditional villages of similar appearance, for example those in the La Taha municipality to the east of the Poqueira gorge. The steepness of the land means that the houses in the villages seem to be piled on top of another, and their characteristic flat roofs, distinctive roofed chimneys, and balconies (tináos) extending across the steep narrow streets give them a unique and picturesque appearance. Among the agricultural specialities of the region is a variety of air-cured ham, especially associated with Trevélez.