The town of Pampaneira is horizontally terraced on the side of the mountain with each row of houses higher than the one in front affording everyone a spectacular view. In many parts, the lower half of one house overlooks the back top half, of the house in front. Many of the streets between the houses are covered walkways with staggered vertical open walkways leading to the next level below. The horizontal passages snake back and forth along the hillside so that you can walk the whole path winding back and forth as well. The photo above is of one of the many vertical paths ending in this case,in a dead end. These small openings or passages, provides light and views to the people living on that particular level.
The name Pampaneira is derived from the Latin word Pampanarium, meaning, a place with many grapevines.
Check back tomorrow to see our visit to the weaving workshop of artist Mercedes Carrascosa, and for more information on the region please check this link. http://www.andalucia.com/villages/alpujarras.htm