Visits to Las Alpujarras are always a pleasure because they offer such a complete contrast with Cabo de Gata. There is abundant water, trees, fresh produce mostly grown naturally rather than in the chemistry factories of the invernaderos. Though the mountains are so bulky that they don’t appear as peaks, at least from the southern side, they nevertheless surround one with awe inspiring spectacle when walking the tracks on the gorge sides. The villages too are more substantial than those of The Cape, the houses built solidly with walls over a metre and a half thick, with all kinds of rustic attachments in the form of galleries, overhangs and passages. In short, they retain many of the salient features of a sophisticated medieval culture lacking in the ersthwile poverty stricken villages around Níjar. So we invite you to join us in this short appreciation of many of its splendours. Many images have captions on rollover.