Its terraced farmlands have a continuous supply of water from melting snow above, giving the area the appearance of a high-altitude oasis. Its strategic location close to the Mediterranean sea beside the high mountains, which are declared as a National Park (at high elevations) and Nature Reserve (villages were settled here) turns this region into the home of an authentic treasure of flora and fauna; in short, the perfect place for walking and hiking.
The area is culturally fascinating because its fifty or so villages were the last strongholds of the Spanish Muslims. Those «Moriscos» (Muslim-Christian «converts») still practiced their original religion and customs in secrecy after the fall of Granada and, in 1492, facing increasing pressure from the Catholics, fled to the mountains and settled in this remote, inaccessible area. These unique villages have held onto their past. You can still see the traditional architecture similar to the one used by the Berber tribes of North Africa: terraced clusters of square houses with flat clay and slate roofs, like those to be found in the Rif and Atlas mountains of Morocco.
Here we invite you to enjoy a weekend with easy-intermediate level hiking. You stay in a peaceful family-run Casa Rural located in Yegen, a small village in the Alpujarra Mountains.
Included in the price:
2 nights’ accommodation in double room, full board, 2 guided hikes, public bus Granada - Yegen - Granada.
Spanish & Arabic culture in Granada
C/ Conde Cifuentes, nº 11
18005 Granada, Spain
Fax/phone: +34 958 25 68 75
Mobile phone: +34 635 67 04 60
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Friday: 09.00-15.00 h
(August & Christmas holidays Monday to Friday 09.00-15.00 h)