Orgiva, Alpujarra Granadina
Orgiva is an Andalusian town situated in the southwestern part of the ‘Alpujarra Granadina’ (province of Granada ), in southeastern Spain. The town of Orgiva is within the Sierra Nevada Natural Park . Despite having just over 5,000 inhabitants, it is the most populous municipality in the whole region. It borders the municipalities of Cáñar, Carataunas, Pampaneira, La Taha, Torvizcón, Rubite, Lújar, Vélez de Benaudalla, El Pinar and Lanjaron. The old town of Alcázar, including the villages of Fregenite, Olias and Bargis were integrated into Orgiva.
Órgiva was known as ‘Exoche’ to the Greeks and ‘Albastch Orgiva’ during the time of the Arabs.
After the Christian reconquest the Lordship of Órgiva was given by Ferdinand and Isabella’s to the Christian children of Abu-l-Hasan (Muley Hacen) … ‘later was recovered by the Crown of Castile after the first rebellion of the Alpujarras Muslims and granted to the Gran Capitan.’
Duque del Arco Palace, sixteenth century.
Parish Church, sixteenth century (has a carving of Christ imputed to Martinez Montañez.)
House and palace of the Counts of Sástago.
Hermitage of San Sebastián.
Remains of Benisalfe Mills, fifteenth century.
Archaeological sites of Órgiva
Bronze age necropolis at Navas de la Eva,
Luis Cuevas Hill,
Fountain of Teja.
Necropolis and Iberian-Roman settlement in Cerro de la Mora.
Wall of the ancient medieval town (a stretch of the wall next to the church has been preserved, together with the masonry, and an arch).
Old Barreras potteries.
Posada del Frances.
Cod with paprika, roasted garlic, remojon, kid ‘al colorin’ and fig cakes.
Directions from Órgiva
From Granada: Take N-323 south (towards Motril). After about 37 km take the exit towards Lanjaron. Continue on this road until you reach the town.
From Malaga Airport: Follow signs towards Malaga. Before entering the city, take the Ronda de Málaga (towards Motril / Almería). Continue on this road (E-15/N-340) along the coast to Torrox, Nerja, La Herradura, Almuñecar & Salobreña. About 2 km before reaching Salobreña take the exit – Granada N-323. Continue on this road north for about 13 km and then leave the road at the second exit in Vélez de Benaudalla. Pass the bridge and turn left to the town.
Distances from Órgiva
Granada 53 km
Béznar 18 km
Durcal 25 km
Padula 33 km
Cádiar 38 km
Ugíjar 53 km
Bubión 18 km
Motril 30 km
Lanjaron 9 km
Capileira 20 km
Pampaneira 14 km
Velez de Benaudalla 17 km