ORGIVA

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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, and most of the shops and businesses are found here. It is also the  the administrative centre of the Las Alpujarras.


Most significant landmarks:

* 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:

  • 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.

Typical Cuisine:

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.

 

Nature:

  • 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.

 

Routes and Activities:

  • Adecuación Recreativa de CapileiraPICNIC SITE, drive along the carretera del Veleta, 400m west of Capileira.
  • Casa Museo de Pedro Antonio de Alarcón: a traditional house and MUSEUM of Alpujarran customs with a kitchen, various items of farming equipment, a loom, a library and bits and pieces of traditional pottery. It is home to an 18th century sculpture from the school of the Granada artist, Alonso Cano, as well as many mementos of its namesake, the author Pedro Antonio de Alarcón.
  • Paragliding
  • Rock Climbing

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La Alpujarra map Orgiva-Andalucia.com