We spent the last month of our stay in this enchanting village about 15 minutes from the coast. Though very small, it attracts a lot of tourists and the mountainous area to the north and east (La Alpujarra) is very popular with ex-pats.

Velez bestThe Moors channeled water from the mountains down through the village for their plots of land. There is still a Jardin Nazari maintained as a tourist attraction with small areas planted with herbs and trees. On the far side, the craggy rockface above the road has small caves.

The old Moorish channels begin at this point at the top of the village, where the water emerges from the hillside (the locals refer to it as the Nacimiento; in Costa Rica it would be called an ojo de agua).

Velez nacimiento XIt then runs several hundred meters through the village. The ditches and walkways were recently restored.

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A granada (pomegranate) tree in the Jardín NazaríX granadoVelez nacimiento

 

An unusual olive tree in the Jardín Nazarí

 

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