The Alpujarras are famous throughout Spain because of their unique mini-ecology. Its terraced farmlands are constantly watered by the melting snow from above, constituting a high-altitude oasis of greenery which stands in dramatic contrast to the arid foothills below. Of cultural interest are the little villages there, which were the last stronghold of the Spanish Muslims or Moors. The average elevation is 4,000 feet above sea level. It extends over two provinces, Granada and Almeria.