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La Alpujarra (sometimes Las Alpujarras) is a mountainous district in Southern Spain, which stretches south from the Sierra Nevada mountains near Granada in the autonomous region of Andalusia. The western part of the region lies in the province of Granada and the eastern part in the province of Almería. In older sources the name is sometimes spelled Alpuxarras; it may derive from Arabic al Busherat meaning "the grass-land". The Sierra Nevada, meaning snowy range in Spanish, is a mountain range in the region of Andalusia in Spain. ... Granada is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in the community of Andalusia, Spain. ... Autonomous communities of Spain. ... Motto: Dominator Hercules Fundator Andalucía por sí, para España y la humanidad (Andalusia for herself, for Spain, and for humanity) Capital Seville Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 2nd  87 268 km²  17,2% Population  â€“ Total (2003)  â€“ % of Spain  â€“ Density Ranked 1st  7 478 432  17,9%  85,70... Granada is a province of southern Spain, in the eastern part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. ... Almería province Almería is a province of southern Spain, in the eastern part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. ... Arabic (; , less formally, ) is the largest member of the Semitic branch of the Afro-Asiatic language family (classification: South Central Semitic) and is closely related to Hebrew and Aramaic. ...

A typical Alpujarran village, Busquístar.
A typical Alpujarran village, Busquístar.

The region consists principally of valleys which descend at right angles from the crest of the Sierra Nevada on the north, to the Sierras Almijara, Contraviesa and Gádor, which separate it from the Mediterranean Sea, to the south. Image File history File linksMetadata Busquistar. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Busquistar. ... Busquístar from the west La Taha, or La Tahá, is a municipality in the Alpujarras region of the province of Granada, Spain. ... Satellite image The Mediterranean Sea is a part of the Atlantic Ocean almost completely enclosed by land, on the north by Europe, on the south by Africa, and on the east by Asia. ...

The region is one of great natural beauty, and it is sometimes referred to as "The Spanish Switzerland". Because of a warm southerly climate combined with a reliable supply of water for irrigation from the rivers running off the Sierra Nevada, the valleys of the western Alpujarras are among the most fertile in Spain, though the steep nature of the terrain means that they can only be cultivated in small fields, so that many modern agricultural techniques are impractical. They contain a rich abundance of fruit trees, especially grape vines, oranges, lemons, persimmons, figs and almonds. The eastern Alpujarra, in the province of Almería, is more arid, but still highly attractive. High-altitude aerial view of irrigation in the Heart of the Sahara Irrigation (in agriculture) is the replacement or supplementation of rainfall with water from another source in order to grow crops. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Orange—specifically, sweet orange—refers to the citrus tree Citrus sinensis and its fruit. ... Binomial name Citrus × limon (L.) Burm. ... Species (kaki persimmon) (black sapote) (velvet apple) (date plum) (Texas persimmon) (American persimon) Persimmon most commonly refers to the edible fruit borne by some species of the genus Diospyros. ... Species About 800, including: Ficus altissima Ficus americana Ficus aurea Ficus benghalensis - Indian Banyan Ficus benjamina - Weeping Fig Ficus broadwayi Ficus carica - Common Fig Ficus citrifolia Ficus drupacea Ficus elastica Ficus godeffroyi Ficus grenadensis Ficus hartii Ficus lyrata Ficus macbrideii Ficus macrophylla - Moreton Bay Fig Ficus microcarpa - Chinese Banyan Ficus... This article refers to the plant. ...

La Alpujarra was successively settled by Ibero-Celtic peoples, by the Romans, and by Visigoths before the Moorish conquest of southern Spain in the eighth century. The region was the last refuge of the Moors, who were allowed to remain there long after the fall of Granada in 1492. Following the Morisco Revolt of 1568, the Moorish population was forced from the region after the Moriscos used it as a military base. By order of the Spanish crown, two Moorish families were required to remain in each village in order to demonstrate to the new inhabitants, introduced from northern Spain, the workings of the terracing and irrigation systems on which the district's agriculture depends. The Ibero-Celts or Celt-Iberians (Span. ... The Roman Forum was the central area around which ancient Rome developed. ... The Visigoths were one of two main branches of the Goths, the Ostrogoths being the other. ... For the terrain type see Moor Moors is used in this article to describe the medieval Muslim inhabitants of al-Andalus and the Maghreb, whose culture is often called Moorish. For other meanings look at Moors (Meaning) or Blackamoors. ... (7th century — 8th century — 9th century — other centuries) Events The Iberian peninsula is taken by Arab and Berber Muslims, thus ending the Visigothic rule, and starting almost 8 centuries of Muslim presence there. ... The Moors were the medieval Muslim inhabitants of al-Andalus (the Iberian Peninsula including the present day Spain and Portugal) and the Maghreb, whose culture is often called Moorish. // Origins of the name The name derives from the old tribe of the Mauri and their kingdom, Mauretania. ... Granada is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in the community of Andalusia, Spain. ... Events January 2 - Boabdil, the last Moorish King of Granada, surrenders his city to the army of Ferdinand and Isabella after a lengthy siege. ... The Morisco Revolt occurred in 1568. ... Morisco (Spanish Moor-like) or mourisco (Portuguese) is a term referring to a kind of New Christian in Spain and Portugal. ... In agriculture, a terrace is a levelled section of a hilly cultivated area, designed to slow or prevent the rapid run-off of irrigation water. ...

The influence of the Moorish population can be seen in the agriculture, the distinct cubic architecture (reminiscent of Berber architecture in Morocco's Atlas Mountains) the local cuisine, the local carpet weaving, and the numerous Arabic placenames. The Berbers (also called Imazighen, free men, singular Amazigh) are an ethnic group indigenous to Northwest Africa, speaking the Berber languages of the Afroasiatic family. ... The Atlas Mountains are a mountain range in northwest Africa extending about 2400 km (1500 miles) through Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia, and including The Rock of Gibraltar. ...

The largest villages in the district are Lanjarón, with its ruined castle and chalybeate baths, Órgiva, Ugíjar, Laujar, Berja. All are situated at a considerable elevation, and Trevélez, at 1476 metres above sea level, is the highest recognised town in Spain. The three white villages in the gorge of the Rio Poqueira, Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira, have become recognised tourist destinations; however there are many other equally traditional villages of similar appearance, for example those in the La Taha municipality to the east of the Poqueira gorge. The steepness of the land means that the houses in the villages seem to be piled on top of another, and their characteristic flat roofs, distinctive roofed chimneys, and balconies (tináos) extending across the steep narrow streets give them a unique and picturesque appearance. From early in the 17th century, Chalybeate water was said to have health-giving properties and many people have promoted their qualities. ... Órgiva is a small town in the Alpujarra mountains in the eastern part of Andalucía in Spain. ... Rio Trevélez upstream of the town, early spring Trevélez is a town in the community of Andalucía, Spain. ... Puente del Molino over the Rio Poqueira, between Bubión and Capileira The Río Poqueira is a river in La Alpujarra region in the province of Granada, in the community of Andalucía, Spain. ... Bubión from the south Bubión is a village in La Alpujarra region of Granada in the community of Andalucía, Spain. ... More than 3 million tourists visited the Taj Mahal in 2004. ... Busquístar from the west La Taha, or La Tahá, is a municipality in the Alpujarras region of the province of Granada, Spain. ...

Among the agricultural specialities of the region is a variety of air-cured ham, especially associated with Trevélez. In general, however, the impossibility of mechanising agriculture in such a district means that it is not competitive under modern conditions, and the growth area of the economy is tourism. The district is served by bus services from Granada, and can be reached in a few hours from the international airport at Málaga. The GR7 (E4) "Mediterranean Arc" European long-distance footpath passes through the region. Ham with cloves Technically, ham is the thigh and buttock of any animal that is slaughtered for meat, but the term is usually restricted to a cut of pork, the haunch of a pig or boar. ... Rio Trevélez upstream of the town, early spring Trevélez is a town in the community of Andalucía, Spain. ... TheBus, established by Mayor Frank Fasi, is Honolulus only public transit system. ... Granada is a city and the capital of the province of Granada, in the community of Andalusia, Spain. ... Málaga is a port city in Andalucia, southern Spain, on the Costa del Sol coast of the Mediterranean. ... Paths: E1 - Norway - Sweden - Denmark - Germany - Switzerland - Italy E2 - Scotland - England - Netherlands - Belgium - Luxemburg - France E3 - Spain - France - Belgium - Luxemburg - Germany - Czech Republic - Poland - Slovakia - Hungary - Romania - Bulgaria E4 - Spain - France - Switzerland - Germany - Austria - Hungary - Bulgaria - Greece E5 - France - Switzerland - Germany - Austria - Italy E6 - Finland - Sweden - Denmark - Germany - Austria - Slovenia...

Chris Stewart's best seller Driving Over Lemons is set in La Alpujarra. Chris Stewart was the original drummer and a founding member of Genesis. ...

External links

  • Andalucia.com
  • Las Alpujarras Online

  Results from FactBites:
Alpujarras: country accommodation and rental houses in Andalusia in Southern Spain (415 words)
La Alpujarra is a region belonging to the provinces of Granada and Almería placed in southern side of Sierra Nevada.
The beauty of scenery and the villages of La Alpujarra is not less attractive than its cultural originality: local festivities, rich folklore, popular traditions and a wide gastronomic variety (with the well known products such as Trevélez ham, morish cakes,....).
Nevada is one of the council in La Alpujarra and it is composed by four villages (Laroles, Mairena, Picena and Júbar).
Sierra Nevada National Park, Flora and Fauna of Andalucía, Southern Spain. (2211 words)
Apart from these roads, there is a network of minor roads and tracks that skirt the edges of the park's highest ground, which are best explored on foot; bear in mind that these may well be impassable for the winter months at least.
Villages of the Alpujarras in the region that lies between the Sierra Nevada and the sea.
Láujar de Andarax is one of the most worthwhile villages to see in the eastern Alpujarras and has a beautiful shady spot 1km northeast of the village called El Nacimiento, which is the source of the Andarax river.
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