Pampaneira - traditional mountain village of Las Alpujarras
Origins and history of Pampaneira
The municipality of Pampaneira, in Granada, is located in the Poqueira Valley, in the National and Natural Park of Sierra Nevada at the feet of the highest mountains in Iberian Peninsula.
The origins of Pampaneira date back to the Roman period. The place name Pampaneira is considered as derived from the Latin adjective "pampinaria", meaning - producer of small bunches of grapes, is interpreted as vineyard ground and refers to the leafiness of its lands.
The urban shape presented and its architecture are clearly Berber. It was precisely with the Muslims when this town underwent an important agricultural development, especially with silk production. After the Reconquest and the subsequent expulsion of the Moorish people it was repopulated with Christian people from Leon and Galicia.
In the year 1982 it was declared Artistic and Historical Setting together with Bubion and Capileira. The town has preserved the tradition from the Alpujarras of white houses with flat roofs, chimneys with caps and its peculiar "tinaos".
Among its urban framework we can highlight the Parish Church of the Saint Cross (Iglesia Parroquial de la Santa Cruz), from the 16th century, from which we can stress its beutyful Mudejar coffered ceiling and elements of Baroque style.
It is also well known its richness and variety of handcrafted workshops, which includes textiles, leather, glass, wrought iron and other objects typical from the region.
Points of Interest in Pampaneira
- Parish Church of the Saint Cross (Iglesia Parroquial de la Santa Cruz), from the 16th century Fuente de San Antonio
Fiestas of Pampaneira
- Fiesta de la Santa Cruz: first weekend in May
- Fiesta en Honor de la Santa Cruz: first weekend in May
- Feria de Artesanía: 12th October