The municipality of Trevélez’s cultural heritage is reflected in its varied physical landscapes, folklore, delicious cuisine and popular fiestas.
The municipality’s most important dish is, with-out a doubt, truchas con jamón (trout with ham), although sopa de ajo con jamón, a soup made with stale bread, garlic, eggs, oil, jamón and smoked paprika, is also very popular.
The municipality’s name comes from the Latin word velex, meaning “valley”, and the 3rd-century ruins that have been found here mean that Trevélez is definitely of Roman origin. Trevélez as we know it today was shaped by the Moors. During the Conquest of the Kingdom of Granada, the Christian troops made it into the Alpujarra, but did not get as far as Trevélez. When the Moors rebelled, many of them went into the mountains and became bandits, attacking the Christian troops. Towards the end of the 18th century, travellers and explorers began to come to the Sierra Nevada, and used Trevélez as their base. In the Romantic period in the 19th century, travellers, especially those from England, drew an idyllic picture of this rural area, writing about Moors and legends, and creating myths which are still told today.