Photo from the trekking path of the "Alpujarras Lagunas" waterfalls near by the Sierra Nevada

Alpujarra / Sierra Nevada

The landscapes are varied and impressive stretching from a subtropical climate in the Contraviesa rich in orchards, wineyards, figs and almonds to the arctic tundra of the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada.There are still remains of the old forest that once covered the Alpujarra, mostly chestnuts and poplars and there is a variety of herbs and fruit trees.

Foto of valley the Poqueira with the mountain Mulhacen in the back

The small whitewashed villages characterized by their flat roofs and topped by the region's distinctive chimneys lie, like pearls on a string, well protected in the valleys. The irrigation channels constructed by the Moors whereby the water was lead from the Sierra Nevada down to the valleys below is still a feature of the Alpujarra. The abundance of water the sound of running water everywhere is one of the main soundtracks of the area as is the sound of ringing bells from the hundreds of goats and sheep around.

Photo Alpujarra meadow near a walking path somwhere of Ferreirola

Walking paths ...

Fortunately for walkers, the villages are also still the centres of network of mule and donkey tracks, often centuries old and paved with stone though little more than a metre wide. One of the European walking paths, the E4/GR7, passes above Ferreirola, and the GR 142 which traverses the whole of the Alpujarra runs through Ferreirola. The newly signposted "Ruta Medieval" also passes through Ferreirola. More demanding walks are the routes including the peaks of the Mulhacen and the Veleta.

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