Capileira - romantic village in the Poqueira Gorge
Origins and history of Capileira
Capileira is the highest and most northerly of the three villages in the gorge of the Poqueira river in the La Alpujarra district of the province of Granada, in Spain.
Although the Sierra Nevada Highway runs through Capileira and out across the Sierra Nevada mountains towards the city of Granada, motor traffic is no longer permitted to continue across the mountains; Capileira is therefore the highest village that public traffic can reach, although you can continue to a car park where the National park begins and the road is barred to normal traffic.
The National Park runs a limited bus service on the now-closed road (reservations handled by office in the village) in summer. A track leads northwards from the village to the abandoned settlement of La Cebadilla, built to house the workers who developed the hydro-electric installation at the upper end of the Poqueira Gorge.
Capileira has developed a significant tourist trade, acting as a centre for walking and for accessing the mountains especially Mulhacén, generally treated as a two-day climb from Capileira with an overnight stop at a mountain refuge en route.
Points of Interest in Capileira
- Museo Pedro Antonio de Alacón
- Church, 16th century
Fiestas of Capileira
- Fiesta de San Antón: second half in January
- Fiestas de la Virgen de la Cabeza: last weekend in Aprill and second week in August
- Romería de la Virgen de las Nieves: 5th August
- Fiesta de la Mauraca o la castaña: 1st November