Trevelez: Cured ham and much more;
Most well-known for its mouth-watering cured ham, jamón serrano, the village of Trevélez claims to be the highest in mainland Spain, at 1,476m. Its clear mountain air is ideal for drying the sweet-tasting ham, which has its own Denominación de Origen, although it′s not as pricey as jamón from Jabugo in the Sierra de Aracena. Try it for yourself at any of Trevélez´s many bars, which have hams hanging from the ceiling.
Trevélez is a village in the province of Granada, Spain and with its population around 800 remains one of the most popular villages around Alpujarras. The river Trevélez flows through the village. They are located in the western part of the Alpujarras region. Two of the highest mountains in Spain, Mulhacen and Alcazaba (Sierra Nevada), are just to the north of the village, a few hours walk away. Cortijos Rey Fini (www.cortijosreyfini.com) is only 3 kms before you get to the village.
Located at the head of the steep-sided and dramatic Trevélez river valley, the village′s population of around 800 is divided between three barrios: bajo, medio and alto. The lower section, Barrio Bajo, is the most touristy out of the three, and has the highest concentration of handicraft shops, bars and places to stay.
Apart from its world famous Cured Ham, Trevelez is Home to one of the largest organic goat and Cheese farms. The farm which is part of several farm houses(cortijos) is known as Cortijos Alberquilla located some 4 kms from Trevelez. The visitors are welcomed to visit the farm, taste and buy cheese.
In a market day almost certainly you will see the white Van with the name of the Cortijos selling their cheeses. If you go to the fram do ask the owner (Antonio) to show you around.
The village is divided into three parts, the Barrios Bajo, Medio and Alto (lower, mid and upper quarters), with 200 metres of altitude difference between the highest and lowest points. The only bridge over the river is in the Barrio Bajo. The Barrio Bajo is a significant tourist centre, while the Barrios Medio and Alto are more typically Alpujarran in style, though tourism is important to the economy of the entire village. To the west, the nearest village is Busquístar which is approximately 4 kms away from Cortijos Rey Fini.
Trevélez celebrates the day of the Virgen de Las Nieves (Virgin of the Snows - 5th. of August each year) in the summer months. On this day the virgin is carried to the summit of Mulhacén and a mass is celebrated. The traditional belief is that this will keep travelers safe in the Sierra Nevada for another year. (if you like to read more about this please read on our blog virgin-on-a-mountain)
If you want to hike to the peaks in the Sierra Nevada National Park, Trevélez is an excellent base with a well-trodden track leading from the village. It is also the starting point for trips to Las Siete Lagunas, seven impressive glacial lakes set in the mountains. For a shorter stroll, take the road next to the police station that crosses the Chico river from Barrio Medio. This leads to the Era de la Cruz, a old threshing floor from where there are fine views over the village and valley.
If you like to read more about walks please refer to our website under activities and walking.
Posted by Mo Fini (owner of the www.cortijosreyfini.com )