Spain Travels – A Land of History and Great Food!
A drive along the Mediterranean coast brought us to Mojacar. Mojacar is a Moorish town known for its whitewashed buildings. Southern Spain was inhabited by the Moors since the 8th century resulting in much Moorish history in this region before they were ousted by the Christians.
We stayed the night in Almería, the Capital of the the Province of Almería. We stayed at the Hotel Nuevo Torreluz. The streets here are VERY narrow so it was good we had the Kia and not our Tacoma! During the evening we walked aound but didn’t go inside the Moorish Citadel the Alcazaba. Historically, Almeria was an important center for the Caliphate of Córdoba. Now industry includes 100,000 acres of Greenhouses that dominate the Mediterranean coastline. We had an amazing Morrocan meal at Aljaima in the old town near our hotel.
We continued our drive to the Sierra Nevada mountains to the town of Pampaneira. We are now in the Province of Granada, this town has 355people! Pampaneira is one of three villages of Alpujarras, at an elevation of 1060m. Hiking is a popular activity in this area and you can hire a guide here. The town is dominated by the Sierra Nevada peaks of Mulhacén at 3,478m and Alcazaba at 3,371m. It was a cool place to walk around and eat lunch at Ruta de Mulhacen.