Where we are in South Spain
Jaramuza lies in a secluded valley between the Sierra Nevada and the Contraviesa mountains in Andalucia. In Arabic the name means ‘Land of Moses’. There’s a special feel about the valley and mountains – some say it’s the lay lines, others the climate and topology – but whatever it is, it evokes feelings of well-being, peace and tranquillity that will truly refresh your spirit.
The wider area is known as the Alpujarras, which is a network of ancient white Moorish villages and valleys lying between the southern edge of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Costa Tropical. It is a green oasis in the normal dry brown of Southern Spain, kept that way by the melt waters from the mountain snow. It has a huge range of micro-climates and ecosystems from the subtropical to the high alpine. It is a truly magical area.
The nearest main town is Orgiva, which is the administrative centre of the region. It bustles with life – the old men playing dominoes outside, people chatting at the cafes and the locals arriving in town for the Thursday market. There are plenty of cafes, shops, bars, restaurants and banks. A Tibetan Buddhist monastery is sited high above the Poqueira valley and there’s a Sufi community in the town.