Yegen was immortalised by the English writer Gerald Brenan in his book South from Granada. The writer, who lived here in the 1920s, explained: ‘…the place had something about it that was attractive to me. It was a poor village high above the sea, with amazing views. Its grey square houses, in jagged Le Corbusier style, on the steep slope of the hill all stuck to one another. They had flat roofs and small smoky chimneys, and looked as though they had been built by insects.’
A visit to this town will give you the opportunity to see the typical architecture of La Alpujarra – its steep streets, its tinaos, a system whereby the roof of one house is used as a patio or terrace for the one above, giving the town a stepped structure. Alpujarra de la Sierra is the ideal place for trekking, riding or cycling and has a wide range of charming rural accommodation. The guest house where Gerald Brenan stayed is still open to the public, which is where he stayed before renting the house that was his home for fourteen years. Today it is one of the attractions the town has to offer.