Trevelez claims to be the highest village in Spain (1486m) and it is only 4 kms from the cortijos. It is the centre for curing ham Jamon in Spain and anywhere you go in the village you will encounter the aroma of hams. A leg of ham here can cost as little as 50 euros. The valley has been cut by the Rio Trevelez and it is very similar to the Poqueira valley down below.
As well as the famous Serrano ham, you can buy river caught trout and a variety of locally grown fruit and vegetables. In the summer the whole area cultivates cherry tomatoes, mostly ending up on the shelves of Waitrose supermarkets in UK.
Trevelez is divided into three sections: the lower, middle and upper village. The tourists mostly go to the lower part but there are good restaurants offering cheap menus and good pizzeria in the middle and upper part. The higher you go the more traditional it gets and it is lovely to just wander around the narrow pathways exploring.
In order to get to the upper part either park your car in the lower part and walk or just before you reach Trevelez take a sharp fork left which takes you to the middle part. There is a mini supermarket, various butchers and you can buy bread at any café or panaderia. If you want to buy a leg of ham, this is the place to buy it. The older it is the more expensive it gets, like whiskey.
Trevelez is also one of the main starting points for walks to Siete lagunas and Mulhacen. For further details please see the hiking section.