Las Alpujarras are located in the southern region of the Sierra Nevada mountain range about an hour away from Granada. The breathtaking mountains serve as inspiration for artists and musicians from all over the world, but as for me, I was just inspired to take a seat? Sporting palm leaf leggings, my neon orange nikes, and a flowy white tee, I felt very confident that I was dressed appropriately. It turns out that putting style as a priority during a hike is not something done while trekking through las alpujarras? after almost falling down on loose rocks and complaining about the heat for the 100th time, I regretted ignoring my director?s instructions to wear hiking shoes and light clothing. We hiked through Capileira, Bubi?n, and Pampaneira, and although the hikes were a bit tiresome (and scary as I am not blessed with gracefulness at 1436m/4711 ft above the sea level) the villages were amazing to see. The all white homes are decorated with colorful flowers and handmade tapestries hang from the balconies. The tapestries are made with looms hundreds of years old by the se?oras of the villages, producing intricate patterns that would make the most amazing and unique clothing. Unfortunately my request for a custom dress was turned down, but I managed to find a pink striped tapestry perfect for my room! (it?s all about the purchases really)
Ah yes? another demonstration of my lack of grace and elegance, and of course our instructor had to be the most beautiful looking man in Spain. Trying to roll my arms elegantly while tapping my feet and spinning is evidently not a talent of mine. While I lack enthusiasm for the dance itself, the flamenco costumes are stunning. I?m absolutely in love with the floor length dresses with huge ruffles at the ankles, allowing the dancers to use the dress as an extension of their body throughout the dance. Traditional flamenco dresses are inspired by gypsy dresses, and outfits usually feature polka dots and mantles (shawls) over their shoulders. I think I?m going to blame my inability to dance flamenco on the fact that I lacked the proper costume?
You know a tour is going to be intense when the director warns you to wear tennis shoes and light clothing! I despise guided tours with big groups and headsets (it just screams tourist), so I was already dreading that, but the fact that there would be excursive involved made it 100x worse. Sporting my adidas and a red romper (halfway dressed accordingly, my director was proud) we trudged up the huge hill to the top of the fortress, and I have to say the Alhambra surpassed my expectations. The gorgeous gardens fell subject to many pictures as I scurried around searching for a background that would complement my outfit (that?s all that really matters, right?). The manicured hedges and blooming flowers are truly gorgeous, but the real sight to see are the decorations in the fortress. One would think that attention to detail in a fortress would be ignored, but the Moors (people after my own heart) carved incredible designs into ceiling and walls (I got nervous just walking around for fear that my shoes would somehow damage the beautiful tiles on the floor!). La Alhambra is definitely a must-see in southern Spain!
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Written by Madison?Wiedeman