Friday, 27 September 2013

A trip to the beautiful Alpujarras.

The Alpujarras is one of the most beautiful areas in Spain. The most important geographical feature is the Sierra Nevada( literally 'Snowy Mountains') it forms the regions Northern Border.

You can not fail to be enchanted by the architecture of its villages. Whitewashed, and lying on the hillsides in the Poqueira Ravine.

 

Their streets are narrow and twisting,steep and designed for snowfalls and I was in seventh heaven just wandering around with my camera.

 

 

With magical features at every turn.

 

 

 

Roofs or "terraos" as they are known locally are flat,built with stone slabs laid horizontally,in turn covered with shards of slate to protect against rain.

Purposeful and whimsical.

 

I love doors and terraces everywhere and there are some beauties tucked away here. I wandered and wandered around the streets of Capileria. We were lucky enough to stay for 2 nights in this wonderful spot.

 

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The chimneys are round and distinctive and are obviously used for a long time in the winters.

Of course as well as meandering and exploring we did want to walk. The views high on the hillsides were simply stunning and paths were edged by sweet chestnut trees,Spanish Oak and views to die for.

 

 

 

 

So we enjoyed the food. A cuisine which has preserved all the traditional ingredients of Arab Andalusian cooking and really does embrace age old traditions of air drying. But, of course there are also Tapas bars serving little plates with a modern twist.

 

And the Alpujarra's Arab past can be seen in its crafts.

And we were lucky enough to find ourselves in an Artisans shop where Anna still weaves cotton rugs which are sold all over Andalucia. She was so proud to show us her loom working and we were delighted to buy a wonderful cotton rug to add to our collection. They serve us well in our Spanish home and this one will be even more treasured now we have witnessed such a long standing tradition at first hand.

And just when you think everything has been perfect and nothing else could be the proverbial "cherry on the top" we saw a poster for Spanish Flamenco.

It was amazing with the loudest shouts,stamps and Spanish guitar music,an experience that will stay with me forever more.

Our trip was perfect,simply perfect.

 

 

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