Region Alpujarra


The Alpujarra is situated between the Sierra Nevada, the Lújar Mountains and the Gádor Mountains. It finds its way to the Mediterranean Sea from the Mulhacén, the highest mountain on the Iberian Peninsula. The landscape is rugged and yet colorful, the orography is dotted with ravines and valleys, where the villages of this region are located. The river Guadalfeo divides the Alpujarra in two parts in the longitudinal direction; the higher Alpujarra and the lower Alpujarra. The higher Alpujarra is situated on the south side of the Sierra Nevada, where we can find beautiful villages such as Bérchules, Busquístar, Bubión, Juviles o Yegen. The lower Alpujarra is formed by La Contraviesa, where we can find special villages such as Lújar, Sorvilán and Albondón.


Demographic characteristics

The “Instituto de Estadística y Cartografía de Andalucía” annually determines the number of inhabitants. Hereby the figures are taken from the municipal registrations. We looked at the country of birth of the people who were registered in a municipality in the Alpujarra region in 2017.

The figures show the following: in the Alpujarra region, a total of 2,895 foreigners lived in 2017, which was 12.63% of the population. 2,258 of these were European, of which 9.58% of the total population in the Alpujarra region. The largest groups of foreigners were: English (947), Romanians (398), Africans (301) and Germans (277). The largest groups of Europeans are after the English and the Germans, French (104) and Italians (70). At least according to statistics, many Europeans are not registered in the municipality.

The majority of Europeans live in:

  • Órgiva: 983 people corresponding to 17.65% of the population. The largest group are the English with 461 people.
  • Alpujarra de la Sierra: 193 people corresponding to 18.90% of the population. The largest group are the Romanians with 103 people and French with 95 people.
  • Lanjarón: 186 people corresponding to 5.31% of the population. The largest group are the English with 89 people.

However, if we look at the number of foreigners as a percentage of the total population, other names will appear:



Aeropuerto Federico García Lorca Granada- Jaén: this airport is located next to the city of Granada. The distance from Orgíva to the airport is 78 km (1 hour). There are a total of 12 destinations, including London and Naples. Click here for all destinations.

Málaga-Costa del Sol aeropuerto: this airport is located just outside the city of Malaga. The distance from Orgíva to the airport is 126 km (1,5 hours). There are a total of 110 destinations, including Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Cork, Doncaster, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradfort, Liverpool,  London, Manchester, New Castle, Shannon, Southend Sen. Click here for all destinations.


Climate in Orgíva (461 m)

The climate is warm and temperate in Órgiva. The rain falls mostly in the winter, with relatively little rain in the summer. This location is classified as Csa by Köppen and Geiger. The average annual temperature is 16.6 ° C. In a year, the average rainfall is 358 mm. The driest month is July with 3 mm of rain. In December, the precipitation reaches peak, with an average of 50 mm. The warmest month of the year is August, with an average temperature of 25.2 ° C. and in January 9.2 ° C on average and is the coldest month of the year. (Source:



Climate in Trevélez (1476 m)

The climate is warm and temperate in Trevélez. In winter there is much more rain than in summer. This climate is considered to be Csb according to the Köppen-Geiger climate classification. The average annual temperature is 11.4 ° C. Approximately 628 mm of precipitation falls annually. The driest month is July with 12 mm of rain. Most precipitation falls in March, with an average of 77 mm. The warmest month of the year is July, with an average temperature of 21.7 ° C. In January the average temperature is 3.4 ° C. It is the lowest average temperature of the year. (Source:


Nature in the Alpujarra

The higher Alpujarra is situated to a large extent in the national and natural park Sierra Nevada. So to enjoy the beauty of these mountains, you have many possibilities. The following villages are located in the nature park: Lanjáron, Cañar, Soportújar, Bubión, Pampaneira, Capileira, Pórtugos, Busquistar, Trevélez, Juviles, Bérchules, Alpujarra de la Sierra, Válor and Nevada. The lower Alpujarra is situated between the Sierra Nevada and the coast and is formed by the mountain range La Contraviesa. Both mountains offer the tourist marked hiking and mountain bike trails. It is even possible to discover nature by horse and travel from village to village or cross the Sierra Nevada from north to south by its highest peak Mulhalcen.


The villages in the region Alpujarra

Below an overview of all villages in the Valle de Lecrin region. Click on the photo to view more information and photos of each village. The villages are divided into three categories: tourist, authentic and other. Within the category, the villages are listed in alphabetical order.


The most touristic villages in the Alpujarra



Hidden secrets in the Alpujarra



Other beautiful villages in the Alpujarras




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