Jaramuza lies in a secluded valley between the Sierra Nevada and the Contraviesa mountains in Andalucía. In Arabic the name means ‘Land of Moses’, possibly due to the ever present mediterranean sun and the abundant water supply resulting in ideal growing conditions for any number of vegetables and trees.
The wider area is known as the Alpujarras, which is a network of ancient white Moorish villages and valleys lying between the southern edge of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and the Costa Tropical. It is a green oasis in the normal dry brown of Southern Spain, kept that way by the melt waters from the mountain snow. It has a huge range of micro-climates and ecosystems from the subtropical to the high alpine. The Alpujarras is known throughout Spain as an area of outstanding natural beauty. Roads were only introduced comparatively recently, before which the only transport was foot or mule. However, the area has been cultivated for thousands of years, and although very hilly and mountainous every available surface was terraced for farming. So despite the passing of this way of life there remains a heritage of olive trees – hundreds of years old, of terraces and footpaths, and a feeling of peace and tranquility.
The nearest main town is Orgiva, which is the administrative centre of the region. It bustles with life – especially during the Thursday market. There are plenty of cafes, shops, bars, restaurants and banks. A Tibetan Buddhist monastery is sited high above the Poqueira valley and there’s a Sufi community outside town adjacent to the Subud owned land. An excellent photo montage of Orgiva can be found at images for orgiva
Orgiva is a good base for discovering Granada and the Alpujarras. If you have not already done so, then a visit to the Alhambra is well worth while. It is less than an hour away and can be combined with a tour of Granada. See
O Sel Ling – A little Tibet in the Alpujarras
During your stay at Jaramuza you can visit the Buddhist Retreat Centre perched high on the hills above Orgiva, with great views of the surrounding landscape, the white villages and snowcapped Sierra Nevada. It is at 1600 meters and was named by the Dalai Lama during a visit in 1982 as Place of the Clear Light.