The Sierra as observed today formed during the Paleogene and Neogene Periods (66 to 1.8 million years ago) from the collision of the African and Eurasian continental plates. The flora and fauna of the Sierra Nevada are unique.
Trevélez, such as the rest of the villages in La Alpujarra, shows Moorish roots through its architecture. The Arabian influence over Trevélez and other villages in La Alpujarra can be seen through the comparison of the Bereber architecture in the Moroccan Atlas and the Alpujarran architecture. Both architectures are similar, using the local natural resources in order to build solid stables houses.
Another great Arabian influence is the water system that Moorish designed in the XIII and XIV century AD in order to water the lands. They designed a very sophisticated aqueduct system around La Alpujarra and Granada that provided them with water during the year. Experts say that nowadays only the best engineers could design this aqueduct system. Other examples of the Arabian influences are the weaves typical from Morocco used to make carpets and Jarapas. Furthermore, the local recipes influenced by Arabian flavours, and the names of some villages also show the Arabian influence over Trevélez and the rest of the villages.
Trevélez sustains itself thanks to the tourism, the ham industry, and recently thanks to the agriculture. The ham industry in Trevélez is very important due to its influence in the local employment. Agriculture is also becoming an important element in Trevélez economy.
So, Hotel Restaurante La Fragua complements the tourist promotion with two hotels and a smart restaurant trying to keep the essence of the Alpujarra. We also contribute to preserve the local patrimony supporting the local culture and gastronomy.