An Alternative Route to Trevelez

Most people who go to Trevelez take the classic route via Lanjaron, Orgiva, Pampaneira.

There is an alternative route that takes you to an equally interesting area.

First off, program your GPS for La Calahorra, a small town with 700 residents and a huge Renaissance castle.

You can only visit the castle on Wednesday (10am). Keep on following the A337, a serpentine road that takes you to the Puerto de la Ragua, ski station during winter, recreational area during summer.

Once you leave the puerto, put the GPS on Trevelez and admire the landscapes.

Located at a height of more than 1400 meters, Trevelez is known as the highest mountain village in Spain. Whether this is true or not is a totally different matter, but because of the height and the fresh air, Trevelez can produce some of the best hams in Spain. The hams are dried during some months and have an incredible taste.

Bocadillo with the local ham

Because of its famous ham, Trevelez can attract a lot of tourists in summer. Nevertheless, if you like good food, it is worth a visit.

In our next post, we will show you the most beautiful villages of the Alpajurra.


Introduction to La Alpujarra – Driving from Lanjarón to Trevelez

It has been a bit too quiet on this website… Because of the pandemic, Lars and I have decided not to travel abroad this year. Instead, we are exploring Granada and some other provinces as well. And the more excursions we make, the more places we find that also need exploring! On top of all that, behind the scenes, I am working on a secret project with a Spanish friend of mine. Yes, life in Spain is certainly interesting and exciting at the moment…

Anyway, gradually I will post more here again. Today, we introduce you to La Alpujarra, a mountainous region to the south of the Sierra Nevada. It’s an area of stunning landscapes and picturesque towns and villages. In other words, it’s really worth exploring. This exciting drive is an excellent way to discover La Alpujarra.


This is a small spa town, whose water is sold in the whole of Spain.

According to Wikipedia,

Lanjarón has a series of fountains distributed through the streets and plazas. Most are accompanied by a short phrase or poem, usually by Federico García Lorca, and are used by locals and visitors for drink and rest. There numerous fountains in the town, these carry chlorinated water. Then there are three fountains with fresh spring water outside of town. Also note that the local spa owns its own fountains, which costs 1 euro to tap from. 

The town is also known for its festival of San Juan (23 June), when people from all over Spain and beyond participate in the biggest water fight!

Nor far from Lanjarón is the town of Orgiva (also featured in the video); from far away, you will notice its church with 2 towers.


With less than 300 inhabitants, this municipality is one of the smaller locations in La Alpujarra. There is a yearly festival featuring witches (one week in August). Notice the witches when you arrive in Soportújar.


This is one of the highest municipalities in Spain (1486 meters). It consists of 3 parts, Barrios Bajo, Medio, and Alto. Barrio Bajo (Bajo = low) is the one where you will probably arrive; it’s also the most popular part.

Trevélez is known for its air-cured ham. Lars and I have tasted it on more than one occasion and it’s really worth a try, although it’s not cheap. It has to be said though that other locations in La Alpujarra also produce an air-cured ham, as equally delicious, but less expensive!

The road from Lanjaron to Trevélez is the most popular one if you want to go to Trevélez, but there is another route, which we will feature in another post. Then we will publish our pictures of the town as well. Other popular locations are Bubión, Pampaneira, and Capileira, which we will visit in the month of September when it’s less hot.

Here is the video on our YouTube channel:

And here is another map with all the municipalities mentioned in this post. The distance between Lanjarón and Trevelez is about 43 kilometers.

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