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Pórtugos is located in the western part of the La Alpujarra, between the Barrancos del Poqueira and the Barranco de Trevélez. Its town centre is typical of La Alpujarra, with its arcades, balconies and terraces full of flowers, which contrast with the immaculate whiteness of the houses. The town’s steep streets winding between battlements and the characteristic ‘tinaos’ (a kind of porch that connects two houses), together create a beautiful picture.

But it is neither the houses nor the flowes that make this town so famous, rather it is the waters for the Fuente Agria that are rich in iron. The spring is located on the outskirts of Pórtugos, set in a beautiful landscape. The water from the spring has dug out a place known as El Chorreón, a small grotto from which a small waterfall flows.

The name of this town comes from the Latin word ‘portus’, which means passageway. The name suggests that the origin of this area as human settlement dates back to the Roman Empire.

It was a place of some importance in the Arab period when La Alpujarra was an large agricultural and textile centre, especially for the production of silk. During the Nasrid period it belonged to the Taha de Ferreira. After the Reconquista of in 1492, the Muslim population was subjected to a great deal of internal pressure. In reaction to this the Moors took up arms against Philip II in 1568. Internal strife amongst the Moors allowed Juan of Austria to quell the uprising fairly quickly. The Moors were expelled in 1609. Later the town was repopulated with settlers from other regions of Spain.

Local hams are very famous. Dishes worth trying are goat, a traditional stew and the pastries of Moorish origin. The Olla de la parva is also a very popular dish.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Alpujarra and Valle de Lecrín
Postcode: 18415
Distance from Granada (km): 82
Number of inhabitants: 408
People: Portugueros
Web: www.portugos.es
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Ermita de la Virgen de las Angustias


It is recorded that already in the 18th century there was a chapel dedicated to the Virgen de las Angustias beside the Fuente Agria. This very simple building was rebuilt in the 1970s. Chestnut trees surround it and there is [...]

Iglesia parroquial de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación


The church was built in the mid-20th century on the foundations of the old parish church dating back to the 16th century. Its interior is Neo-Baroque style and its exterior is Neo-Mudejar style. It underwent considerable renovation in 2000 as [...]

Fuente Agria


This is spring that dyes the fountain and its immediate surroundings red because of the high levels of iron that its water contains.  The source has several pipes, and strangely enough the taste of the water that flows from each [...]

Fiesta de la Parva


The people of Pórtugos gather to thresh the crops in the old-fashioned way, eat a delicious stew cooked over firewood and celebrate the end of the agricultural year. On this day the work done by local peasants is remembered and [...]

Patron celebrations in honour of the Virgen del Rosario


The celebrations in honour of the Virgen del Rosario are the most important of the town. They include typical activities such as night parties and religious celebrations. The last day the popular Burial of the Vixen, in which a reproduction [...]


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