Our lovely local town of Órgiva is the Capital of Las Alpujarras. It looks so lovely from Casa de las Flores at night with it´s twin church towers illuminated. You will find everything you need here like supermarkets, banks, bars, restaurants, health & sports centre. It´s quaint cobbled main street is lined with various shops & bars & leads to the main town square where fiestas are often in full swing!
The pretty white village of Cañar can be seen from Casa de las Flores above & to our North. It is only 5.5 Kmls & can be walked to quite easily. Cañar is blessed with beautiful views over the mountains, lake & down to the sea at Motril. There are 2 (we suggest Los Angeles) bars, a small shop for provisions & a pharmacy. There is a lovely town square with central fountain where the locals water their mules!
This is the nearest of the 3 famous mountain pueblos blancos in Las Alpujarras &, I would say, our favourite. It is so pretty with unique architecture of flat roofs & tall cylindrical chimneys. It has many bars, restaurants (all recommended, none are sub-standard), & the numerous gift shops sell many locally made goods. The street between the 2 buildings above has a little stream running through - Charming!
The next village you come to, whether driving or on foot, is Bubion another pueblo blanco. One of our favourite pastimes is to park up at El Teide restaurant & have lunch then take the sendero (walking route) up to Capileira where we have a wander round & have another beer or coffee, before strolling back to the car. Then home for a siesta!
And this is the highest of our 3 mountain villages. Again it is absolutely lovely. There is flowing water all around &, as such, it is very green. It is populated with gift shops, bars & restaurants etc. It is possible to walk right through the village & out the other end, then on & up into the pine forests. In winter keep going up into the snow line, then come back down to the sunshine!
Trevelez is famous for being the Highest village in Spain & for the fact that it is the main producer of Iberico hams. It is inundated with secaderos where the hams are hung until cured. When you get to Trevelez you arrive in the little town square where you are surrounded by bars, restaurants & gift shops. The walking & hiking in & around Trevelez is very good indeed!
Granada is the famous capital city of the province of Granada. There are no end of activities to do here. The Alhambra, of course, is a must to visit but outside & opposite is the old Moorish sector called the Albaicin full of olde worlde shops, bars & restaurants. Another 45 minutes drive up into the Sierra Nevada will see you at the ski resort of Sol y Nieve with some of the best skiing in Europe.
The city of Motril is also a large sea port for both cruise & cargo ships. As you can see from the photo, there is also a very nice marina area. The beaches are extensive with many chiringitos, few people & easy, free parking. In the town, there are numerous shops, bars, restaurants, banks, parks & a beautiful cathedral which is surrounded by palm trees.
Salobreña is the closest seaside town to Casa de las Flores. It consists of an ancient old area, perched on top of the peñon, & has a medieval castle which is great to visit. Shopping is great here in it´s supermarkets but, I suppose, you want to hear about the beaches! Well, they are great with many bars & restaurants etc. El Peñon is highly recommended. Easy parking.
Calahonda Costa is beautiful & peaceful. Crystal clear sea in a tiny harbour area is what we like most about it. Walk 30 metres back from the beach & you find a very nice hotel where you can sit under one of the two enormous rubber trees & get food & drink at sensible prices. If you prefer, you will find numerous chiringitos to choose from.
La Herradura means "The Horseshoe" in Spanish & perfectly describes the shape of this large bay. Again, there is a sandy beach with lots of chiringitos. Cross the small seafront road & you will find many shops & restaurants etc. As usual, you are spoilt for choice. There are pedalos, sun loungers & parasols available for hire here.
Nerja is a very famous tourist resort with many large hotels & yet it is quite beautiful in part. We would especially recommend the Nerja Caves for a visit. They are cool, of course, the kids will love them & they are quite spectacular. After your visit, sit in the restaurant & take in the amazing views back down to the coast.
This gorge at Monachil, near Granada is quite spectacular, as you can see. One of our guests discovered it & now we always recommend it for a visit. It is similar to the Camino del Rey in Malaga province only this one is free!
The kids will really thank you for taking them to the Aqua Parque in Almuñecar. This is a large seaside town with everything that you could possibly need. It has a large street market once each week.
Such a shame that when one mentions Malaga, the airport springs to mind first. It is a beautiful old city combined with a very modern one. The contrast is interesting with the marina just across from the Botanic Gardens.
During your holiday in Las Alpujarras you must visit Lanjaron. The photo shows a typical side street in Lanjaron but the main thoroughfare is a shady, tree-lined avenue with bars, restaurants, ice cream parlours & hotels. It is most famous as a spa town & still supplies best quality spring water worldwide. You can walk through the park to the ruins of an old Moorish castle. Entry is free! A wonderful place to visit during your holidays! This town is in complete contrast to Alumñeca where you will find the water park for the kids!
If visiting Gibraltar, we would recommend an overnight stay but it is well worth the effort. A strange mix of UK & Spain with policemen wearing English uniforms. Take a trip to the top of the Rock via the cable car but be very weary of the Barbary Apes, Like a lot of opportunists, they like to pinch your stuff, especially food!
This brand new shopping mall has all of the shops, outlets & brands you could wish for. Coffee & cake will set you back about 4 Euros. Parking is easy & free & the whole place is air-conditioned so be sure to go on a hot day!