Walking in the Alpujarras

Went on another fabulous walking holiday in Spain, this time to the Alpujarras  mountain range just south of Granada.

Capileira and the Mesa Hostal Poqueira was  our base for lots of great walks. Took things easy on day one with a short 6-7 Km circular walk to Cebadilla via Bubion.

Autumn Trees

Next day saw a slightly longer but equally beautiful walk from Capeleira taking in some of the other whitewashed mountain villages in the area – Capilleria, Pitres, Mecina, Mecinia, Fondales and Busquistar.

Rocky Stream

Day 3 we walked from Capileira to Pampaneira (the “bottom village” – as in bottom of the hill) and back via Bubion. Had a fantastic dinner at the Estacion 4 restaurant in Bubion in the evening.

Capileira, Alpujarras, Spain

The next day we had a day off walking and instead drove into Trevelez over the mountains down a dirt track just outside the top end of Capileira. Spent a very pleasant evening in Ferreirola taking in a stunning sunset.

A storm in the night and the next morning we woke to snow on the mountains above Capileira. We got a lift up to Casa del Simone and had a cold but stunningly beautiful walk around the mountain via Cebedilla and back up to Capileira.  A long walk, the last hour or so in the pouring rain, the hot chocolates back at the ranch were very welcome as were the several beers over dinner.

Stone Outbuilding

The last day of walking took us from Capileira via Ferreirola and Pajulia Arabic baths over the Contraversia mountains. A fairly strenuous walk uphill a lot of the way rewarded us with stunning views of the Sierra Nevada mountain range opposite and in the distance the Sierra Tejeda and Mount Maroma where I’ve been on a previous visit.

Lots of good walks done in great company and all over way too quickly as usual. I have to say one of the most fascinating places on the trip was this great little Bodega in Capileira. A positive treasure trove of interesting stuff and a nice place for a beer.


More pics in my Alpujarras gallery.

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