This tour includes a visit to the most significant places of Lorca's childhood and adolescence. ln Fuentevaqueros, a village on the banks of the River Genil, we visit the home, where Federico García Lorca was born in 1898 and where he was living during the first years of his life. Our next site of interest is the home of the Lorca family in Valderrubio, where they were living until they moved to the city of Granada. This home continued being the summer residence of the Lorca family even after moving to Granada. On the way to these two villages we visit Santa Fe, village where Lorca's mother was born. Furthermore, it was in this town where the Capitulations of Santa Fe
Garcia Lorca Tour
The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are known as the Alpujarras, a region of beautiful whitewashed villages, set in attractive valleys and terraced fields. The western part of the region lies in the province of Granada and the eastern part in the province of Almeria. The region remained in Muslim hands for over 800 years, being nowadays a representative place of Berber architecture. Las Alpujarras is an excellent hiking territory which offers great walking trails.
Popular bases for hiking include Capileira, Trevelez, Monachil, Güejar Sierra and Bubion. In Bubion, the Buddhist Monastery of Osel Ling ("Place of Clear Light") was founded in 1982.
Trevelez is the highest recognized municipality in Spain and famous for its ham, which is cured at least 1,200 meters above sea level, where the conditions are perfect for air-drying hams. This procedure is still done the old-fashioned way, using only sea salt (no nitrates) and mountain air. Lanjaron is a spa town famous for its medicinal mineral waters. The Spa Baths have been the most important mineral-medicinal waters of Andalusia since the 18th Century when its healing properties were discovered.
What to do in Las Alpujarras
Rural Berber Architecture
Local wineries and bodegas
Buddhist Monastery Osel Ling
What to do in Guadix / Gorafe
The cathedral town of Guadix is well off the beaten path, in the eastern part of the Province of Granada. The most interesting feature of the Guadix area is that almost half of the inhabitants of this large town live underground, in the southern part of the town, which is known as the cave district or Troglodyte Quarter. Since the Moorish times, the Andalusians have been fond of living underground because it is the best way of escaping the summer heat waves. Most of today's cave-dwellings are well-appointed, like any other Spanish home.
Gorafe is located in a unique pre-historical site in Spain, with almost two hundred dolmens. A museum dedicated to Megalithism has just opened in 2008, with a tourist office and hiking trails to the dolmens. Gorafe is the perfect place for practicing sports; in particular outdoors activities like trekking, mountain biking, horseback riding, motorcycling, etc.
- Megalithic Park (Dolmen)
- Troglodyte Quarter (cave houses)
- Cathedral and Cave House Museum
- Mountain biking
- Horse riding
- Local wineries and bodegas
- Bird watching
What to do at the Costa Tropical
Being less well known than its more popular neighbour, the Costa del Sol, there is no disadvantage for Granada's coastline with its subtropical climate. Its beach resorts still retain a Spanish character and it boasts some spectacular cliffs and sandy beaches.
Almuñecar is the resort with the most attractive beaches. It has become a focal point nationally and internationally for those interested in diving (together with Calahonda and Torrenueva coastline). The area's underwater world is full of multi-colored corals, rare fish and plant species. Many scuba diving companies operate all year round here.
La Herradura is situated near Almuñecar, a popular watersports resort set in a secluded bay. La Herradura (which means "horseshoe") was given its name thanks to the shape of its lovely bay. The coastal town enjoying the most spectacular location is Salobreña, with a Moorish castle and the town's whitewashed houses overlooking the sea.
What to do in Sierra Nevada
Sierra Nevada is the second highest mountain range in Europe and its southernmost ski station with snow on its peaks most of the year, (thanks to its high altitude, the skiing season uses to last from late November until the beginning of May). The Sierra Nevada Ski Station, which hosted the Alpine World Ski Championships in 1996, is one of the most attractive destinations for ski enthusiasts, where it is possible to exercise this sport even at night. It also offers some superb climbing, walking, trekking and mountaineering opportunities.
- Hang gliding
- Rum Factory
- Visit of a subtropical products plantation
- Visit of Roman remains
- Ornithological Park
- Botanical Garden
- Sugar Cane Museum
- Artificial snow cannons which can cover almost 32 Km.
- 15 chair lifts & 2 cable cars.
- El Mirlo Blanco: it is a modern park designed for enjoying the snow without putting the skis on. Green ice
ring, archery, magic carpet, 130 metres slides, chair skiing, skate-skiing, ski bike, Russian Sled, snowmobiling
for children, etc..
- Sulayr Super Park: Located in Dilar, it is considered the largest permanent Half Pipe in Spain. It offers
freestyle & snowboard facilities.
- Night skiing: on Saturdays until February, you can ski at night on the River Slope.
- Apreski: there is a wide range of activities in Pradollano (base station) when ski ends: hiking, spa sessions,
relax, shopping, gym, heated pool and so on.
- Sierra Nevada in Summer: the fresher area in Andalusia, with an average of 20ºC; there is a variety of paths
which can be explored by bicycle, on horseback, on foot, with large natural areas of botanical and scenic
- Trekking with snowshoes
- Sleigh riding
- Summit ascents: Mulhacen (Highest mountain of the Iberian peninsula), Alcazaba and Veleta peaks
- Apres ski
- Multiadventure: Paintball, archery, rock-climbing, rappel, bungee-jumping, paragliding, etc.
Información general sobre Sierra Nevada:
- 120 ski slopes along 105 Km
- It is the greatest vertical drop in Spain: 1200 metres.
- Daily trodden slopes (there are more than 389 hectares equipped with special machines).
- Different level slopes: 18 Green tracks (beginners); 40
Blue slopes (easy); 50 Red tracks (difficult); and 8 Hard
and Black tracks (very difficult).
between Christopher Columbus and the Catholic Monarchs were signed in 1492 and where Boabdil and the Catholic Monarchs signed the surrender of the Kingdom of Granada in favor of the Catholic Monarchs. Our next stop is Chauchina, village where Antonio Torres Heredia, the gipsy prototype of Lorca's two famous poems lived. Our tour ends at Alfacar, next to the "Fountain of teardrops" were Lorca is thought to be shot together with some other companions in 1936, at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.