Welcome to Válor
Now a typical Alpujarras village, Válor has an important history. It was the birthplace of Aben Humeya, a morisco (Muslim who converted to Christianity) who led a 1568 rebellion against Felipe II’s repressive policies banning Arabic names, dress and even language. Two years of guerrilla mountain warfare ended only after Don Juan de Austria, Felipe’s half-brother, was brought in to quash the insurrection and Aben Humeya was assassinated by his cousin Aben Aboo. To re-create the historical clash, Válor musters a large Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) festival, with colourfully costumed ‘armies’ battling it out.