Las Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada, Andalusia, Spain

Las Alpujarras is a natural and historical region in Andalucia, Spain, on the south slopes of the Sierra Nevada and the adjacent valley. It extends over two provinces, Granada and Almería.

Trevélez, at 1480 metres above sea level, is the highest village in Europe. Trevélez is famous for the quality of its air-cured hams, a speciality throughout the Alpujarras but particularly associated with the village, because the cold climate due to its altitude makes for ideal conditions for storing them.

The Sierra Nevada runs west-to-east for about 80 km. It includes the two highest mountains in mainland Spain: the Mulhacén and the Veleta. The mountains are covered with snow in winter. The snow-melt in the spring and summer allows the southern slopes of the Sierra to remain green and fertile throughout the year, despite the heat of the summer sun. Water emerges from innumerable springs. Human intervention has channelled it to terraced plots and to the villages.

The photos below give a small impression of the little towns and nature of this region. Also some photos of a ham storage facility in Trevélez and the ‘Rules’ water reservoir in Vélez de Benaudalla.