Friday, 25 May 2012

The Wonderful Alpujarras!

We do love to go adventuring from our little Spanish home!
And we wanted to visit the beautiful Alpujarra region
Have you ever read "Driving Over Lemons" by Chris Stewart?
Chris retired as the drummer from Genesis to go travelling and he bought an old cotijo in the Las Alpujarra region of Spain.
I read the book and wanted to visit this very special area of Andalucia.
And we were not disappointed!
First a coffee stop en route.
As per usual even the smallest villages have imposing churches and unfailing good coffee!


 Spain's vistas inspire and constantly enthrall us!


The little mountain villages have colourful local wares for sale.
Carpets and woollen items are a feast of colour!
Right up my street!






We love to look for all the pretty balconies and terraces.
This one was perched high above the gorge.




Local transportation!


Trevelez is the highest mountain village in Spain.
 It is famous for cured hams.
They are dried in the wind of the mountain and the slices we had for lunch convinced us of  their excellence.
 Delicious just sliced with bread and a small glass of Vino tinto!



The bars and restaurants are adorned by the hams hanging with their individual drip tray underneath.


Then after lunch it was on with the journeying.



Whitewashed villages hanging over the Poqueira Ravine.




One of the best things we have found whilst travelling here is that little gems are hidden everywhere.
And we really did find one on this trip. Tucked away in Orgiva is Casa Jazmin.
From the first glimpse.




To the garden beyond.



 To the touches in the bathroom.


Such a spacious bedroom.


With it's own private terrace.




And look what I woke up to this morning!
Breakfast all laid up in the garden under the lemon trees.



With a moorish blue staircase inviting you to come,


Once again the little touches!


The " Sporty One" approved too!


And what a breakfast with home made cakes,jam and fresh strawberries!


We did not want to leave and if ever you feel like finding a few lemons to drive over make for the Alpujarras.
You will love it just like us!

8 comments:

  1. I love Spain ... especially Andalucia ... you make me want to go back!!!!

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  2. What a beautiful place - the room looks lovely too. Its the small touches that really count and are such an antidote to the boring large hotels that all look the same. Lily. xxx

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  3. What a lovely relaxing post, it just has the essence of 'Chilled' about it! Looks breathtaking. :) x

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  4. Thank you all for your lovely comments about our trip. I am so glad you enjoyed sharing it x

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  5. Linda, you certainly live a charmed life!

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  6. Me too I just love Spain...what a beautiful hotel and in such a lovely laid back place. Anne x

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  7. Marion and Anne -- Thank you so much for popping into Chalky's little bit of the world.

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  8. Lovely photos and it looks like an idyllic place to get away from it all.
    I have been reading about Alpujarras in 'The Hand of Fatima', IIdefonso Falcones' epic book about the Moriscos in Spain in the 16th century. It's fascinating to read about the history of that region!

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