Surrounding the town of Capileira you will find some amazing views of the valley and the adjoining villages of Bubion and Pampaniera, the closest villages to Capileira. A short walk in the town will take you to several lookout points. It is worth a visit to Capileira even if only for these views.more
Possible to reach from Capileira - it has a more busy and crowded feel than Bubion or Capileira. In the town centre, there's a information centre showcasing the flora and fauna of the area. The craft shops are also more congregated and here's probably a good place to buy local crafts since there's a wide selection of goods in a common area. Even if...more
Since when you could tell folks at home that chimneys are at eye level as you walk along the streets? Or that you could touch chimneys without having to perform acrobatics on rooftops? Because of the steep slopes the houses in the Las Alpujarras are built on, many a times would you actually be walking along a slope that is at the level of the...more
Don't miss exploring the towns when you're in the Las Alpujarras - be prepared for lots of slopes though. Be amazed at the gradients of some of the slopes with houses built on them. The locals brighten up their houses with plenty of colourful flowers which stand out against the white washed walls.A bit of the Western cowboy feel mixed with Middle...more
Although we didn't partake, Inspector Leaf and I definitely felt inclined to paint during our visit to Capileira. Below is a link to organised painting holidays there. Acommodation is in Finca Los Llanos (see my hotel tip). being that Capileira is situated so perfectly for painting and has the prfect chilled out, friendly vibe , I can think of no...more
We had oridinally wanted to stay in Hotel Catifalarga but it was fully booked. However the owner...more
Dr. Castilla, 6, Capileira, 18413, Spain
Good for: Couples
Perchel 3, Capileira, 18413, Spain
Good for: Families
I'm always a fan of local crafts. Some good buys in the towns of Capileira and Pampaneira are handwoven rugs and leather products (shoes, belts and bags). These are hand stitched by locals and the quality is pretty good (prices are also reasonable). The rugs are a bit heavy though. The shoe shop is cute with colourful leather patterns lying around the work table.
Skip the Moorish tiles and Middle Eastern styled souvenirs if you're visiting the rest of Andalucia (like Granada or Seville). You could get similar stuff (maybe even in greater variety).
What to pay: Rugs - 12 Euros up
Leather belts - 10 Euros up
Leather bags - 30 Euros up
Leather shoes - 60 Euros up
While sitting in a cafe we saw children dressed in a multicolored costume that seemed to be some type of goblin chasing other children in the streets. This custom seemed to be only for the young, the older children being the goblins and the younger running from them. This is the festival of the patron saint Virgen de la Cabeza (the Madonna) during the last weekend of April. Have not yet found out why they dressed in this way.
The hiking path connecting Capileira, Bubion and Pampaneira's great for working off the hearty breakfast and getting a good view of the 3 towns cut into the mountains or the snow capped Mulhacen.
No chances of getting lost as the 3 towns form an arc in the mountain and you'd just need to follow the direction of the easily visible towns. The hiking path is a definite better choice to the tarmac road in good condition. No need to avoid and watch out for traffic and breathe in exhaust fumes. Also less human traffic.
Along the route, you'd see spooky looking dead trees, chestnuts and friendly locals with their pet dogs. From Capileira, head to the back of the tourist information centre to get to the marked trailhead.