Trevelez is located at 1476 m, and it is one of the highest-situated villages in Spain and the highest-situated village in Andalusia! It is famous for being a great starting point for local trails of Sierra Nevada Nature Park and for producing high-quality jamon serrano – greatly appreciated among gourmets.
The village has its mystery that remains unresolved… On its upper part is a rock on which somebody who lived long before the Romans carved mysterious inscriptions. Unfortunately, the archaeologists did not pinpoint its time of creation nor the meaning of the message carved into the stone…
The village inherited from the Moors who lived on this land such things as the village’s general look together with a developed irrigation system. You should take note of terrace crops, meadows surrounding the village, and the living area divided into three parts: Barrio, Alto, Medio, and Bajo.
Due to its location, the village's history was taking part near the main currents of historical events. During the Reconquista of 1492, the Christian soldiers did not get to Trevelez. When the news of the collapse of the last Islam bastion on the peninsula situated only 97 km from Grenada, the local people started getting worried. The Muslims who lived in Trevelez stopped getting along with their Christian neighbors. Only after 1500 the Christian kings broke the resistance and forced the Moors to get baptized. That is how moriscos were created – the Muslims theoretically converted to Christianity but kept cultivating their original religion in secret.
As an act of resistance, some moriscos decided to create armed groups that attacked 1568 – 1572 Christian armies and civilians. After finding and defeating the Muslim military groups, king Philippe II decided to banish the rest of the Muslims and bring to Travelez people from the northern parts of the Iberian Peninsula, from Murcia and Castile.
That is how the village's inhabitants keep living in peace since the seventeenth century (in 2017, its population was 758 people), surrounded by beautiful nature.
They cultivate crops, manufacture ham, and yearly get more tourists. In the village, it is good to take notice of the San Benito church from the eighteenth century and the old fountain. We came to Trevelez to reach the highest summit of the continental part of Spain and the Iberian Peninsula and, at the same time, the highest summit of the European continent situated outside the Alps – Mulhacen (3478 MASL).
Due to the tiny size of the village, every restaurant owner cares to offer the tourists the best quality local cuisine. A few places worth visiting:
It is recommended to buy some meat in one of the local stores.
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