The town of Busquístar is part of the Parque Natural de la Sierra Nevada, located on its southern slope and surrounded by a huge chestnut forest. The village is located on the very edge of the cliff formed by the Río Trevélez, and its houses and streets are distinctly Berber in style.
Busquístar has splendid landscapes where you can enjoy hiking and adventure sports. The town’s tinaos cubiertos de launa are also worth visiting – it is one of the towns with the best-conserved La Alpujarra architecture, with houses perfectly adapted to the jagged terrain and climate of the place, and steep, narrow streets.
Of undetermined origin, it is known that this town depended on the Taha (district or county) of Ferreira between the 13th – 15th centuries. It was made up of a number of farmhouses and hamlets spread across the municipality. Like the rest of the region, it suffered the repression that led to the uprising and the subsequent expulsion of the Moors. At the end of the war it was repopulated with settlers from other regions.
Following these events the town of Albuñol became responsible for managing the area, but in the 19th century control ceded to Órgiva. Its iron mines have been in operation until very recently.
One of Busquístar’s specialities is offal with onion. It is also known for roasted pepper soup, Migas and fennel stew. It also has excellent traditional sweet pastries.
The population centre of Fondales honours its patron in the hermitage. From there a parade that goes around the village starts.
This town celebrates its main celebrations at the beginning of May in honour of its two patrons, the saint apostles Felipe and Santiago. Both saints go out together and in consecutive days in procession, accompanied by the Virgen de los [...]