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Villages in Granada

Busquístar, Alpujarra Granadina Region

The municipality of Busquístar is part of the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada, and is to be found on the south side, surrounded by one of the largest groves of chestnut trees in the area, it has the essential characteristic that defines the image of the Alpujarra villages: a singular type of architecture in the construction of the houses, perfectly adapted to the roughness of the terrain and climate of the area, arranged in narrow steep streets reminiscent of the Moorish past. In the heart of the Alpujarras, the region is unique to the Peninsula, and is a natural progression between the Mediterranean coast and Sierra Nevada, where can be found the highest peaks of the Spanish territory, and is for its unique character an area which must be seen.

Although its origin is unknown, it is known that it depended on the Taha (district or region) de Ferreira during the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. It was constituted by large numbers of farms and villages that were spread across the municipality. Like the rest of the region, Busquistar suffered the repression that resulted in the rebellion and subsequent expulsion of the Moors who lived there. Later, after the end of the war, it was repopulated with settlers from other regions. Following these events, Albuñol was the town responsible for managing the area, but in the nineteenth century control passed to Órgiva. Its iron mines have been in use until very recently, many families having depended on these mines.

Busquístar Monuments

Iglesia Parroquial de San Felipe y Santiago (Parish Church of San Felipe and Santiago).

Archaeological Sites

Remains of the Moorish mosque.

Town planning

A landscaped town with great scenery.

Busquístar Gastronomy

Roasted pepper soup. Migas. Fennel stew. Quail with onion. Rabbit with garlic. Choto garlic.

Sweets: Peñasco.

Busquístar Directions

From Granada Airport: Follow the sign to Granada and then take the E902 in the direction of Motril. Drive for 20 minutes until you see a sign to Lanjaron. Follow the road to Lanjaron and continue towards Orgiva. Before coming to Orgiva go towards Trevelez and arrive at Busquistar.

From Malaga Airport: Exit the airport towards Malaga and take the highway to Granada, Seville, Motril and Almeria . Follow this road for a few kilometres until it splits: Motril and Almeria to the right and straight to Seville and Granada. Busquistar can be reached by two routes: Motril and Almeria along the coast and Seville and Granada through the mountains. If you are driving along the coast go to Motril and then join the E902 towards Granada. Drive for about 20 minutes before going by the new dam (signposted Velez de Benaudalla) turn right over a small bridge that goes to Orgiva and the Alpujarras. Before Orgiva follow the instructions as in Part A above. If you take the route to Granada, Leave Granada, follow the signs to Motril and continue as described in A above.

From Almeria Airport : Take the coastal route to Motril and follow the instructions above to get from there.

If you are driving from elsewhere in Spain head for Granada or Motril, depending on your point of origin. In any case follow the instructions above.

Distances from Busquístar

Ugijar 47 km
Cádiar 36 km
Laroles 57 km
Juviles 22 km
Trevélez 11 km
Granada 77 km
Capileira 13 km
Pórtugos 2.5 km
Pampaneira 11 km

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