South-east of Grenada rise the snow-crowned peaks of the Sierra Nevada, a mountain chain and National Park (of 86,208 hectares/333 square miles)that stretches across the provinces of Granada and Almeria. The southern slopes and valleys of the Sierra Nevada are known as the Alpujarras. First inhabited by the Visigoths and later by the Moors, the Alpujarras became the final enclave of Moorish resistance. There are approx 70 villages in the region today, and a myriad of foot paths linking many of the most beauti-ful. Walking and hiking is an ideal way to experience the beauty and serenity of this region.