"Albunuelas in the Lecrin valley" Albuñuelas by el_forestero

Albuñuelas Travel Guide: 7 reviews and 7 photos

When to visit & what's there

Albunuelas is in the Lécrin Valley, situated off the motorway linking Granada and the Sierra Navada ranga with the coast at Mótril on the Costa Tropical. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty which, at present, has not suffered so much from the over-development and mass tourism which has taken place in the neighbouring villages of the Alpujarras. We wish to introduce you to Albunuelas & the ever-changing features and amazing colours and textures of the landscape surrounding us, via our webpage. It is for everyone who prefers a natural rural way of life, unspoiled countryside, with time to greet people, observe nature, wildflowers, birds, & wildlife, or an interest in our historical background. Of course, we want development, progress, & prosperity but always keep in mind it is a minute percentage of the indigenous population who gain anything from tourism. The vast majority of the inhabitants loose their preferred way of life forever. We offer nothing for sale, just information, facts, figures and statistics on as many facets of village life as possible. So if your interest is walking or nature, the population, a holiday visit, flora, fauna, statistics, photos, history, earthquakes, geology, bird watching, a hotel / hostal, bed & breakfast, a house sale, to rent or buy, etc. you will probably find information in our web pages.
When should you visit?
Spring comes early & can best be described as like a good English summer --without the rain! Long warm days with good clear light produce a profusion of new floral growth and the valleys fill with the heady scent of citrus blossom. April is when the bird life springs into action with the return of the migrants filling the valley with mating calls and courtship displays.
Summer is not for everyone: it is hot, very hot, temperatures of .+45º day to +20º night in August. The constant bright sun make us retreat to cool, dark interiors in the daytime and at such times the siesta lasts from about 14- 30 to 17- 30 when no one and nothing moves : it is very impolite to disturb people during siesta. In reality 11- 00 till 17- 30 is too hot for working, or walking, but if you must, it is vital to take at least ¼ litre of liquid per person per hour.
Autumn, like spring, is ideal for long walks, observing migrating birds and the flowering of smaller plants, in particular Alpines.
Winter. We have recorded snow each year we have been here and every year the village is taken by surprise when it arrives. Every year we are assured it is the first time in living memory snow has stuck in the village, on the hills, yes, but in the village, never! Some years we have long periods of torrential rain when parts of mountains and roads, including motorways, are completely washed away. There are snowfalls and spectacular thunderstorms. As the rains become warmer they often deposit a blanket of red Sahara sand on the village. To compensate for this there are some warm sunny days in which to appreciate the valleys bathed in almond blossom and festooned with oranges and lemons.

There are over 2000 distinct species of wildflowers, 176 of which are only found in Spain & of these 66 are endemic to our area. The larger animals include wild boar and mountain goat and deer, added to which is a multitude of reptiles, butterflies, moths and insects. There are 50 plus endemic invertebrates recorded. Whilst we can't claim any endemic bird species, the stars of our show are the raptors which are breeding successfully.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A rural working community with a traditional and tolerant outlook on life, filled with friendly, welcoming people, unaffected by avarice or jealousy.
  • Cons:Recent foreign developments are leading to rapid changes in the makeup of village life morals & values.
  • In a nutshell:A village on the cusp about to be lost forever.
  • Intro Updated Aug 4, 2005
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