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The most precious resource of Las Alpujarras
The springs of crystal-clear water from the melting snows of Sierra Nevada were music to the Muslims‚Äô ears. They held it in great esteem and respect. They loved its sound and reveled in its beauty. They became experts in channeling these waters through a sophisticated network of irrigation ditches or acequias. In some places they are still to be seen just as they were then and they remain the main source of irrigation today. In Los G√ľ√°jares, for instance, the system dates back from the Almohad period.
Ancient water mills, water tanks, known as albergas, and irrigation channels or acequias dot the district of Las Alpujarras. In the villages and towns there are Fuentes (fountains), flowing ceaselessly with, on the main, drinking water and lavaderos (public wash houses) where until very recently women would wash their clothes. All a throwback to Arab times.
There are ferrous water springs in La Taha and in Pampaneira. The spa or Balneario de Lanjar√≥n, with its mineromedicinal waters, is a very popular destination and a good example of how the waters of Las Alpujarras are made full use of. Lanjar√≥n‚Äôs mineral water is also bottled and exported all over Spain and Europe.
Fountains and Drinking fountains
Bubi√≥n: Cuatro Ca√Īos fountain