Orgiva

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The fairly recent discovery of Las Alpujarras as an unspoiled and very beautiful holiday destination has dramatically invigorated the local economy in this area. Órgiva especially is an excellent base for discovering the essence of the region and all it has to offer. Órgiva is located on the southern slopes of the Natural Park of the Sierra Nevada. Situated in the valley of the Rio Guadalfeo and with a population in excess of 5,000, it is the largest town in the area and is effectively “the capital” of the Western Alpujarra.

Situated just 35 mins fron Costa Tropical and fifty minutes drive from the vibrant city of Granada where you can visit La Alhambra

The fertile countryside is beautiful with plentiful swathes of orange and lemon trees, olives and pomegranates, bougainvillea, morning glory and jasmine. Although surrounded by mountains, Órgiva itself is not high up (only some 450 metres above sea level) and because of its excellent location it’s easy to travel from here – into the mountains, down to the coast, or across country to Granada.

Orgiva itself is an interesting mix of modern Spanish architecture and lifestyles combined with more traditional Andalucian characteristics. It is a bustling market town with a range of bars and restaurants, many embracing the tapas culture that this area of Spain is famous for. 

The street cafes offer a great way to people watch where business men, young and not so young people, families and alternative type people all mix together. You will take in the charm of life in a town with a gorgeous 16th Century church with its Baroque and Renaissance influences. The orange tree lined streets and square, are culturally (if not geographically) a million miles away from the commercialised Costa Del Sol! The small supermarkets, bakeries, chemists, banks and health food shops will cater for most of your needs and although the town still enjoys a siesta where the things close down at 2pm and reopen at 5pm, this only adds to the relaxed appeal. There is the well known and lively Thursday market in Orgiva (which you can view from the roof terrace!) where people gather from miles around to buy and sell local organic products, everyday essentials and works of art and crafts. A thriving affair and an excuse for many to go into town to meet up with friends. Definitely worth a visit, if only to discover what Órgiva is all about!

Other activities: Orgiva is the perfect base for many outdoor activities including: walking, hiking, cycling and horse riding, that enable guests to enjoy and engage with the natural beauty.

Artisan Cheese is glorious in La Alpujarra. Learn the art of cheese making and delight your family and friends when you get back from your holidays.  Click on  www.cheesemakingandalucia.com for details and dates.

In the Alpujarras, the chocolate is just fabulous. It is made before your eyes. You can find figs or prunes covered by a fine crust of black or milk chocolate. Also, some wonderful and unusual sweet and savoury flavours ranging from mango to mustard, or apple to banana. Our favorite: figs on white chocolate (yes, that’s right!).
www.abuelailichocolates.es is a visit that we recommend to our guests wanting to indulge their palate while enjoying a visit to our neighbour village of Pampaneira.

 The Alpujarras area provides great opportunities for climbing, trekking, walking or cycling.  From the high and wild mountains in winter, to the more gentle spanish walking found in the hills of the Alpujarras.There is something to interest everybody.   http://www.spanishhighs.co.uk provides mountain and travel guide and a wealth of resources for those travelling independently.  If you just want to learn more about these wonderful mountains! we have plenty of information about it.