If you’re looking for rural, typical and intact Andalusia, you’ve come to the right place. Los Guajares, (holiday home in Andalusia La Cueva) lies between the Costa Tropical (20min) and Granada (55min) in a valley totally untouched by tourism and means translated (from the Moorish) “the hidden gardens”, all mountain slopes are full of Chirimoya- Avocado- almond and olive trees, people are down-to-earth farmers and will surely come into conversation with you, even if you don’t speak Spanish at all! Just have a drink in the only bar in town, La Parada.
At the end of August the almond harvest begins and you can hear and see how they peel the almonds in many places, often mules are also used to transport them.
Our holiday home La Cueva is also suitable for a holiday with dog.
Orgiva (holiday home in the Alpujarras, El Garzopo and La Rueda), is at least as well situated as La Cueva and is a perfect base to explore the whole region. Even if Orgiva has seen more visitors, it is still very rural and typically Andalusian with extremely friendly and tolerant people. The weekly market takes place here every Thursday, a good day to sit on the terrace of one of the many bars and watch the hustle and bustle.
Our holiday home in Orgiva La Rueda, is located 5km outside in the country in the small hamlet of Los Agustines, sit here on the pool terrace and watch the neighbours as they cultivate their fields, maybe Manolo walks by with his goats or Juan plows his fields and sings so loud that you can hear him all over the valley?
Read the book “Driving over Lemons” by Chris Steward, who lives just a little further down in the valley. He describes life here as it is – beautiful!
The holiday home La Rueda is also ideal for holidays with your dog.
In Orgiva Spanish courses are offered and in Pampaneira you can learn to weave from the former mayor, Mercedes. Or you can learn from her how to dye wool with natural plant substances, she also breeds silk worms. In the times of the Moors, silk was produced on a large scale in the Alpujarras, which can be seen in the many mulberry trees, the leaves of which are the food of the worms.