"Red poppies, yellow broom and pink sweetpeas colour the fields; wild thyme, lavender, sage and rosemary scent the air. In between shimmering fields of wheat and barley, rows of olive trees march down terraces. Across this timeless land run hundreds of mostly unmarked and unmapped tracks - perfect mountain biking territory" - The Guardian

 

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The Pure Mountains farmhouse is perched above the village of Bérchules, in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park of Andalucía, Spain.

This area is known as La Alpujarra. La Alpujarra is a flank of land that stretches southwards from the east-west watershed of the Sierra Nevada mountain range to the Mediterranean coast. The highest peak, Mulhacén, reaches 3,482 metres in a lunar landscape. The coast is known as La Costa Tropical for its lush sugar cane and fruit plantations. Between these two extremes lies a paradise of southern-facing meadows and terraces, irrigated by snowmelt and Moorish water channels and dotted with authentic, flat-roofed, whitewashed villages, of which Bérchules is one.

Bérchules is a traditional, working village. It's off the beaten tourist trail but it has a bank, pharmacy, shop and several bars.

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