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Autumn falling on the Alpujarras

One of the horizontal external walkways winding through Pampaneira

An empty lot between houses

A glimpse of the outside world from one of the vertical passageways.

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.

One of the horizontal covered passageways where it meets a vertical passage on the right just out of the photo.


One of the houses visible from an upper passageway.

One of the many stone houses with extra thick walls for insulation.

Autumn cleanup, no one is exempt.

One of the many flowered balconies. Sentry on duty.

One of the many staggered flat roofed houses with traditional chimney.

Everybody loves their balcony here it seems.

Hundreds of red peppers drying in the open air for later use in soups, potages and for naturally colouring the chorizo sausage.

The name Pampaneira is derived from the Latin word Pampanarium, meaning, a place with many grapevines.

Someone's lovely front entry way framed with a grapevine, geraniums and other potted plants.

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


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Okay..here is a quick list of things you can do while here on vacation

  1. Visit the AlhambraThis fantastic Heritage site is well worth the visit. Book online if you can as it sells out quite often. For tickets, go to http://www.alhambra-patronato.es
  2. Horse Back RidingJust 5 minutes from Salobreña is Rock Beach Ranch. There are information pamphlets in the tourist office.
  3. AguaTropic Waterpark in Almuñecar. Just 20 minutes from Salobreña, It’s a great day out for the kids, and there is a night disco here too.
  4. The Caves at Nerja- Well worth the visit, these are just fantastic. Discovered in 1969, and they really are spectacular. 10-1400 & 4-8pm during July and Aug. In Sept it’s 10-2 & 1630-1830
  5. A trip to the Alpujarras-Pronounced Alpuharas there are about 11 or 12 small villages that make up the Alpujarras Region. Lots of little white washed villages in incredibly beautiful locations. Look for the local pottery and tapestry shops.
  6. Olive Oil Tour-You can take an interesting tour to learn all you ever wanted to learn about Olive Oil but were afraid to ask. There are morning and afternoon tours, some that include lunch, and others where an optional wine tasting tour is offered as well. http://www.oliveoiltours.com
  7. Visit the Motril Sugar Factory and Museum– This is an excellent way to spend a couple of hours. You will learn all about the history of sugar and it’s refining. Really a lot better than it sounds.
  8. Catch some late night Flamenco in Granada– Granada is home to many fine Flamenco venues, most kick off pretty late, so think about arranging an overnight stay at an inexpensive hostal or pension. Hostals aren’t what they used to be. Private rooms with either shared bathroom facilities or private are available. Granada late night Rocks! for the Top 5 clubs, check out this link http://www.salobrenacleaners.com/flamenco.html
  9. Visit Cabo De Gato National Park-You will find some of the most beautiful unspoilt beaches in all of Spain. Bird sanctuaries animal refuges. Check out San Jose, there are two beautiful beaches here you will never forget. Just south of Almeria, good for an over night stay too. To see a small clip check this youtube video.

10. Last but not least, how bout just chillin* at one of the many beach bars in Salobreña that overlook the Mediterranean Sea. We have a great selection of restaurants both in town, and at the beach. For a list check out http://www.salobrenacleaners.com/resttown.html or http://www.salobrenacleaners.com/restbeach.html

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