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The origins of human settlement in La Alpujarra-Valle de Lecrín date back to Prehistory as archaeological remains found in the district prove. During the Iberian and Roman periods, there were occasional settlements but it was not until the Muslims arrived in the 8th century that the population reached its highest levels. The islamic presence would set an indelible stamp on the district.

The Muslim settlers would find here their earthly Paradise, adapting their way of life to their surroundings to live in a perfect symbiosis with nature. Their wise irrigation techniques created prosperous arboriculture and a silk industry that survived.

The baton of the Al-Andalus legacy was grasped by the subsequent Christian settlers who preserved the terrace farming system, building methods, network of irrigation ditches etc. The change of religion was accompanied by the raising of churches and shrines, many of which in the 1Mudejar style, thus continuing the Muslim tradition. There were also new contributions such as pig breeding and the ritual of their slaughter and the cultivation of cereals, both of which took firm root in the district and have survived, along with the Islamic legacy, to the present day.

Numerous customs and traditions, some of which of a rather singular nature have survived Alpujarra-Valle de Lecrín. The district’s festive calendar covers the whole year so it is relatively easy to enjoy one of the innumerable fiestas.

The inhabitants of La Alpujarra like to accompany their celebrations with fire and fireworks. Bonfires, strings of firecrackers and fireworks are all part of celebrations such as that of San Antón, Virgen de la Candelaria, and San Juan as well as the burial of the “vixen”, symbolising the elimination of the bad blood and arguments between neighbours, and the burning of Judas in effigy which in places such as Soportújar marks the end of Holy Week.

The inhabitants of La Alpujarra like to accompany their celebrations with fire and fireworks. Bonfires, strings of firecrackers and fireworks are all part of celebrations such as that of San Antón, Virgen de la Candelaria, and San Juan as well as the burial of the “vixen”, symbolising the elimination of the bad blood and arguments between neighbours, and the burning of Judas in effigy which in places such as Soportújar marks the end of Holy Week.

As well as the colourful tradicional Moors and Christians fiestas celebrated throughout the districts where the reports and smoke of guns symbolically recreate the struggle between Christian troops and their Morís counterparts, there are also other, curious festivals like the “fuente del vino” (wine fountain) in Cádiar which takes place at the end of the grape harvest in which a public fountain runs ceaselessly with a delicious Costa de la Contraviesa wine. There is also the Mosqueteros del Santísimo festival in Béznar which dated from the 16th century and is of interest because the harquebuses used are those that were carried by the Christian settlers who arrived in 1572 after the Alpujarras Uprising.

However one of the La Alpujarra-Valle de Lecrín most unusual customs is “el trovo”, a curious duel in which the “combatants” sing spontaneous verses at their opponent, the whole accompanied by music and dancing and very popular in areas of la Contraviesa such as Cádiar and Murtas.

In order to preserve traditional songs and musical instruments from Las Alpujarras, an annual festival was set up in the 1982. This festival takes place in a different town or village each year and is held during the first fortnight in August. As well its crafts market in Plaza de la Libertad which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Pampaneira celebrates annual crafts fair in mid-September.

Numerous customs and traditions, some of which of a rather singular nature have survived Alpujarra-Valle de Lecrín. The district’s festive calendar covers the whole year so it is relatively easy to enjoy one of the innumerable fiestas.

The inhabitants of La Alpujarra like to accompany their celebrations with fire and fireworks. Bonfires, strings of firecrackers and fireworks are all part of celebrations such as that of San Antón, Virgen de la Candelaria, and San Juan as well as the burial of the “vixen”, symbolising the elimination of the bad blood and arguments between neighbours, and the burning of Judas in effigy which in places such as Soportújar marks the end of Holy Week.

The inhabitants of La Alpujarra like to accompany their celebrations with fire and fireworks. Bonfires, strings of firecrackers and fireworks are all part of celebrations such as that of San Antón, Virgen de la Candelaria, and San Juan as well as the burial of the “vixen”, symbolising the elimination of the bad blood and arguments between neighbours, and the burning of Judas in effigy which in places such as Soportújar marks the end of Holy Week.

As well as the colourful tradicional Moors and Christians fiestas celebrated throughout the districts where the reports and smoke of guns symbolically recreate the struggle between Christian troops and their Morís counterparts, there are also other, curious festivals like the “fuente del vino” (wine fountain) in Cádiar which takes place at the end of the grape harvest in which a public fountain runs ceaselessly with a delicious Costa de la Contraviesa wine. There is also the Mosqueteros del Santísimo festival in Béznar which dated from the 16th century and is of interest because the harquebuses used are those that were carried by the Christian settlers who arrived in 1572 after the Alpujarras Uprising.

However one of the La Alpujarra-Valle de Lecrín most unusual customs is “el trovo”, a curious duel in which the “combatants” sing spontaneous verses at their opponent, the whole accompanied by music and dancing and very popular in areas of la Contraviesa such as Cádiar and Murtas.

In order to preserve traditional songs and musical instruments from Las Alpujarras, an annual festival was set up in the 1982. This festival takes place in a different town or village each year and is held during the first fortnight in August. As well its crafts market in Plaza de la Libertad which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Pampaneira celebrates annual crafts fair in mid-September.

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