Orgiva


Altitude: 450 m

Population: 5.640 inhabitants

‘Orgiva is considered as the capital of the La Alpujarra Granadina. ‘

Orgiva is the most important town in the municipal district, most of the shops and businesses are found here. It is also the administrative centre of the Las Alpujarras.


 

  • Fuente de la Iglesia: this stone fountain has a central bassin and is attached to the wall of the church gate.
  • Church Cross in Orgiva: similar to Jerusalem cross, elaborately decorated with cast iron spirals and designs.
  • Ermita de San Sebastian: historians believe that this shrine was built on the site of an old medieval castle.
  • Church in Alcazar: this church features both Mudejar and Baroque elements. It is of great symbolic and architectural value.
  • Puente de los Siete Ojos: this entrance bridge to Orgiva, over de Rio Guadalfeo has seven semi-circular arches.
  • Puente de Triana: this bridge was built at the other entrance of Orgiva, at the beginning of the 20th century and has one single arch.
  • The Molino de Benisalte: is one of the best preserved old oil mills in the Alpujarra, and is the largest of the mills that are still standing. It is also one of the only ones with historic-artistc features: an image of the Virgen de la Nieves.
  • Fiestas de San Sebastian: 20th of January. A church service, procession, fireworks, celebrated in Bayacas.
  • Semana Sante in Orgiva: on Holy Thursday. The image of Jesus of Nazareth is carried in a procession from the parish church to the Puerta de los Pobres, accompanied by the Holy Sepulchre and Our Lady of Sorrows.
  • Feria ‘Hecho en la Alpujarra’: during Semana Santa. The ‘Made In The Alpujarra’ fair is a tourism, crafts and food festival in which many of the regions businesses take part. Activities during the event include live pottery, metal and clay sculpture, and wicker workshops, as well as jarapa-making.
  • Fiestas en honor a la Virgen de la Fe: 14th of June.
  • Fiestas en honor a la Virgen del Rosario: end of August. 
  • Fiestas de la Pipirrana: 14th of August. in Tablones.
  • Feria Grande: end of September or beginning of October. Ages ago this was a old livestock fair.
  • Sopa de pan y maiz, soup made with maize bread, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, cumin and bay leaves.
  • Pimenton de bacalao,  dried peppers, cod, potatoes and cumin.
  • Torta de Higos secos, dried figs, eggs, milk and olive oil. Migas, fried breadcrumbs, Huevos Fritos con ajos, fried eggs with garlic and choto al ajillo, garlic goat kid.
  • Barranco del Rincón: in the eastern end of the Sierra Lujar, with degraded scrubland and lots of oleander. A good place for canyoning.
  • Cuevas de Cañada Santa: three caves in an almost vertical rock face some 50 meters high. On the right bank of the Rio Alhayón. 
  • El Castillejo: a steep gully with farmed almond trees, replanted pine forest and scrubland. The limestone rock faces are used for Rock Climbing. Located in the Barranco de Los Castillejos.
  • Junta del Rio Guadalfeo (confluence of the Rio Poqueira and Rio Guadalfeo): Perfect for canyoning, surrounded by riverside flora and eucalyptus trees. Located in the east of Orgiva.
  • Rambla de Alcázar: this stream flows down the northern slopes of the Sierra La Contraviesa, in the village Alcazar. Perfect for canyoning. Lots of riverside vegetation, as well as holm oak forest, prickly pears, pita and farming terraces.
  • Rio Seco: hillside area on the right bank of the Rio Guadalfeo. Perfect for walking.
  • Sierra de Jubiley: interesting geomorphology, suitable for walking and paragliding. Scrubland and replanted pine trees.
  • Tajo Norte (Rio Chico): steep gully with poplars, eucalyptus and scrubland. Towards the north, there are limestone rock faces which can be used for Rock Climbing.
  • Tajos de Sortes: streep slope with limestone rock faces to the east, suitable for Rock Climbing.
  • Ventorro del Barbero: hillside area with broom, esparto grass and gorse, on the Southern side of the Sierra Lujar. Great views, suitable for paragliding.
  • Olivo de la Fuente: a hundred-year-old olive tree next to the Fuente Bayacas.
  • Cueva de Sortes: a medium sized hollow in a large limestone block. A small shelter has been built inside, once used by shepherds in the area.
  • Ruta de Las Minas; distance 8,96 KM, 3h 12 min. Find this route in the Wikiloc app. 
  • Ruta de Olivas; distance 8,96 KM, 3h 12 min. Find this route in the Wikiloc app. 
  • Canyoning; is one of the most spectacular adventurous sports at the moment. So if you are looking for a real adventure, then you should book a canyoning tour. You follow the course of a river or current in a gorge and you will have to overcome obstacles such as rocks and waterfalls. During a canyoning trip, you can se multiple branches of sports such as running, swimming, climbing, abseiling! From 2 persons € 140,-.
  • Windsurf; have you ever wanted to try windsurfing? Now is your change! Windsurf school Granada offers groups and private lessons that will give you the chance to experience and practicing windsurf. The Windsurf school Granada has everything you need to try this activity. Learn how to slide through the crystal clear waters of this Rio and enjoy the experience! From 1 person € 50,-
  • Quad Tours
  • Mountain Biking
  • Hiking Tours
  • Horse-riding

Most of the villages in the Alpujarras are of Moorish origin, and you’ll see it back in the narrow alleys and houses with flat roofs as you see in North Africa. The Islamic Moors ruled vast parts of the Iberian Peninsula for five centuries. Alpujarras was their last refuge. They called the area ‘Al-Busherat’, Arabic for ‘the grassy land’, and lived for a hundred and fifty years after the fall of the kingdom of Granada. To the Christian Spanish princes, they definitely despise. The region remained almost unpopulated for a long time.

Orgiva: the largest city of the Alpujarras, with a baroque church in the main street, the 16th century Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Expectacion and the Ermita San Sebastian founded in 1591.

The first written references to the settlement appear on the 11th and 12th century as an administrative district and castle of the region of Ilbira during the Al-Andalus period.

In 1492 the Catholic Monarchs gave the area to Boabdil as a place where he could retreat: at the request of Isabella II, it became the main town in the judicial district in 1839. A number of archaeological sites dating from the Roman period and medieval times have been found in the municipality as Yacimiento de Benisalte.

One of the key archaeological sites in Orgiva is the Necropolis de El Pago. This burial site dates from the late Roman period and 23 tombs have been found here. The tombs have been carved out of the rock and 23 human skeletons were found there, and as well fragments of pottery and glass. It is one of the few archaeological sites in the region to have been scientifically examined.

Mediterranean culture: relaxed and take time to enjoy life.

 

Alpujarras is a true mountain region. Unlike in the rest of Andalucia you will find the traditional way of living in the remote mountain villages.

The bakery still smells of yeast, flour and fresh bread, and chimneys recycle smoke from burning firewood. Old men travel on horseback and edit with mules the country. Tomatoes, cucumbers, cabbage, oranges, almonds are growing against the slopes. Clear water from the mountains flows over the terraced fields through a centuries-old inventive system of small irrigation canals: acequias. In these acequias, the building, crafts and traditional cuisine, you will see the Spanish history of Spain.

Orgiva has a very rich agricultural and urban heritage’s well as a great monuments and its own unique cuisine. This village has its own cultural and literary centre and the municipal library is home to one of the largest collections of the book Don Quixote, by Miguel de Cervantes, in all sorts of different languages.

Orgiva has a lot of different monuments and urban landmarks, including churches’ shrine, outdoor washing places and fountains.

Like; Fuente de la Iglesia, Fuente de Poyo Dios, Ermita de San Sebastian, Palacio de los Condes de Sastago y Puente de los Siete Ojos are some examples of monuments in Orgiva.

Órgiva has ± 5600 inhabitants, Órgiveños, Alpujarreños. In Orgiva, different religions live together in respect and acceptance. Órgiva is one of Spain’s most culturally diverse places. It is a bustling commercial city, which according to the city council offers shelter to 68 different nationalities. Here, therefore, many foreigners, most English, live as well as Germans and Dutchmen. A large part deals with alternative medicine, organic farming or tourism. Besides, Órgiva and its surroundings are a haven for hippies.

Beneficio

There is a hippie community called Beneficio. Here live people who seek a simple life in nature, away from cars, mobile phones and alcohol. It is a continuous come and go from travelers from all over the world, the estimate is around 200 to 300 residents, and in the summer months travels with visitors than in winter. For about 35 years, people from almost the world have lived together for a short or longer period of time. Especially British, German, Dutch, Swedish, French and other Europeans.

Orgiva is situated in between three important Sierras (mountains), the Sierra de Lujar, Sierra de la Contraviesa and Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada is famous for the Ski Resort (Estación de Sky) with great activities to practice in winter and summer.

Las Alpujarras is the National and Natural Park of Sierra Nevada, it is an area with lots of endemics trees, animals, forests and rivers. This makes Las Alpujarras very special for visitors who are attracted by the rural area and its traditional style of life.

At only twenty minutes from Orgiva you will find the Granadine Cost (‘Costa del Sol’) with beautiful villages for visitors that are looking for spectacular beaches, delicious food, sport, cultural and social activities that you can practice during your holidays.

Orgiva and the surrounding areas offer visitors the possibility to practice water sport activities, mountains sport activities and cultural visits.

The beautiful little rural villages, as the ones which are part of El Barranco del Poqueira (like; Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira) that are part of the Sierra de las Alpujarras keep the tradicional style of the arabic constructions with narrow streets, flat roof for the houses and traditional chimneys.

 


 

Important to mention

as well in the surroundings of Orgiva, is the closest cities as Granada, which offer monuments visits to La Alhambra, the Cathedral and the Albaicin. From here you can enjoy the spectacular views of the Alhambra Castle.

Cordoba is another possibility to visit, you can enjoy the famous Patios with all the flower pots hanging on the balconies, and the monuments like the Mezquita de Cordoba, the Palace for the Arabic Princes during the Reconquista period in Andalusia.

Almeria offers to our visitors an expended amount of little beaches hidden between the rifts of its coast limits, and special mention for the Protected Area of Cabo de Gata as a Natural Park Reserve, and the Almeria desert area with Tabernas place where the most westerns were filmed.

Malaga is another close cities to visit, where is also the airport station, there they offer the luxury and tradicional style mixed all around its coast, and the monuments visit with the big offer of museums.