Válor, Alpujarra Alta
Valor is part of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park, and sits on the south facing slopes. Wedged between two rocky cliffs of the High Alpujarra, Valor enjoys the essential characteristics that define the image of the Alpujarra villages, with the unique architecture of the houses, perfectly suited to the broken terrain and climate of the area, which are arranged in narrow streets very reminiscent of the Moorish past, and each year, in September, this is shown in the ‘Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos,’ one of the most important fiestas of all Andalusia.
The old Arab villages of Nechite and Medina Alfahar are under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Valor.
Archaeological remains have been found suggesting the existence of human settlements in this region in the Bronze Age and during the Roman Empire. Still, the origins of this town, first as a village, date back to the stage of Muslim occupation.
After the Christian conquest, the pressure exerted by the new masters of the Moors brought about the rise of the nobleman Fernando de Córdoba y Valor. He was crowned here as king of the Alpujarras with the name of Aben Humeya, but was overthrown by his cousin, Ben Aboo and later assassinated.
When Don Juan de Austria put down the Moorish uprising and the Moors were expelled, Valor was repopulated by Christians from Jaén.
Roman bridge de la Tableta.
Remains of the Moorish castle.
Iglesia Parroquial (Parish Church, XVI and XVIII centuries).
Ermita de los Varones Apostolicos (Chapel, XVIcentury).
Peña Zapata (Neolithic-Bronze shelter with rock art).
Fuente de la Plaza de la Iglesia (fountain, 1797).
Towns and villages typical of the Alpujarras.
Pickled Partridge and ‘soplillos’, a sweet almond meringue, a legacy of the Moorish pastries are the best known of Valor recipes. The municipality also has a goat cheese factory and an olive oil mill.
From Malaga . Take National Highway 340 towards Motril. Before coming to Motril take the direction Granada and then take the exit for Velez Benaudalla – La Alpujarra. After crossing the bridge over the river head for Cádiar. Pass Cádiar and turn right: A-4130. Pass Mecina Bombarón and arrive at the locality.
Distances from Válor
Granada 109 km
Jubar 8.5 km
Ugíjar 7.5 km
Laroles 12 km
Darrical 21 km
Lucainena 17 km
La Calahorra 42 km
Mecina Bombarón 10 km
Láujar de Andarax 28 km
Puerto de la Ragua 28 km