Bubión, Alpujarra Granadina, Barranco de Poqueira
Bubión is situated in the heart of the Alpujarras, the municipality of Bubión seems to hang from the ravine of Poqueira, which descends from the peak of Veleta de Sierra Nevada.
Along with the nearby towns of Pampaneira and Capileira it has been declared a Historical Site. Its architecture is typical of the Berber villages, a collection of steep streets and terraced houses with flat slate roofs, well adapted to the rugged terrain of the region. A prime example of rural tourism is the tourist village, with accommodation built by the Junta de Andalucía, from where visitors can explore using marked routes, on foot, on horseback, or by car. The orientation of Bubion toward the Mediterranean Sea results, even in winter, in mild temperatures. The Moorish architecture, tranquility and purity of the environment and the pleasant Mediterranean climate have made Bubión a haven for those seeking an alternative way of living.
In the town Roman remains have been unearthed, including a tomb with a skeleton of gigantic dimensions, found in the mid-nineteenth century.
According to Henríquez de la Jorquera the origin of the town is in the Gothic era.
During the Arab domination Bubion was at the head of the Poqueira Taha, comprising the towns of Capileira, Pampaneira, Bubión and the village of Alguastar, long since disappeared. Its history runs parallel to that of many other villages of the Alpujarras, a region which, by its geographical isolation, has always developed its own distinct culture, which had its ‘glory days’ in the Arab Andalusian period, when all the Alpujarras was an important agricultural region specializing in silk production.
After the conquest of Granada (1492) by the Catholic Monarchs, the population was gradually subjected to a pressure that eventually became intolerable, and in 1568 a wealthy landowner of the area, Hernando de Valor, who took the name of Aben Humeya, took up arms against Philip II, prompting a revolt among the Moors from the kingdom of Granada.
Internal strife among the Moors themselves led to the killing of Abén Humeya, which allowed Juan de Austria to deal rapidly with the uprising. The Moors were finally expelled in 1609, and the Alpujarras later repopulated by settlers from Galicia, León, Asturias and Castilla.
Bubion was granted its own jurisdiction in 1855.
Church-fortress of Moorish style.
Retains the original ‘Casco Urbano’, or town
Poqueira tourist village.
Bubion is famous for hams and sausages. Alpujarra soup, or almond soup, is also one of the nost notable dishes along with others typical of the region, such as meat in various sauces or baked kid.
- Exit Granada airport, taking the E 902 / N 323 towards Motril
- Exit towards Beznar / Lanjarón and take the A 348 to 421 GR
- Take 421 to Bubión.
From the Train Station
- Take Calle Dr. Jaime García Royo, turn right at Calle Fray Leopoldo
- Continue until you reach Constitution Avenue
- Turn right down Calle Doctor Severo Ochoa and turn right again into Calle De Fuente Nueva
- Follow Plaza Albert Einstein Square and the Calle Mendez Nuñez to Plaza Guitarrista Manuel Cano. Continue to exit direction A-44/E-902 and continue to Lanjarón, then continue to Exit A-348
- Heading straight on, follow signs to Bubión: (GR-421 and GR-441)
Pitres 7.5 km
Cádiar 47 km
Ugijar 59 km
Granada 71 km
Trevélez 22 km
Capileira 18 km
Lanjarón 27 km
Pórtugos 9.5 km
Velez de Benahudalla 36 km