Hiking Route GR-7 Las Alpujarras part 6: Busquístar - Bubión
La Alpujarra between tahas and ravines
This penultimate part of hiking path GR-7 in the area of Las Alpujarras starts in village Busquístar, where we can visit the church Iglesia Parroquial de San Felipe y Santiago and the Cerro de la Mezquita, the ruins of an ancient poblation , which dates back to the Visigothic period, and from whose summit we can enjoy a spectacular view of the surrounding villages.
Then we reach the most famous water source in Las Alpujarras, Fuente Agria Pórtugos. When reaching Pórtugos we can visit The Churriana with a waterfall and a laundry room inside a cave.
We continue our journey by a path to the south, crossing the small bridge, until we reach the village of Atalbéitar. We follow the road which take us into the rvalley Barranco de Bermejo. We cross the river and follow the irrigation canal, enclosed by lush vegetation.
Reaching the village Pitres, capital of the territory known as the Tahá Ferreirola. Its name comes from the Latin "petra" meaning rock or stone. We continue north, departing from the sixteenth century church, ascending 100 meters to get to the next town.
Capilerilla is a small village, the highest Tahá of 1,350 meters, where remains of a Visigoth temple of the seventh century were found. Walking through the abandoned orchards northwest, crossing the canal acequia Real and across the valley barranco de la Sangre, there was a bloody confrontation between the Christian and Moorish army during Guerra de la Alpujarra.
In the last part of this section of the route GR-7 Las Alpujarras, we will find el Peñón, hill which administratively separating two municipalities, before entering the valley of Poqueira. The views of the valley, with its three villages crowned by Veleta peak, is worth admiring. We ended the tour today in Bubión, the smallest of the three villages of Poqueira valley.
- Itinerary of the route:
Busquístar, Pórtugos, Atalbéitar, Pitres, Capilerilla, Bubión
Total distance: 8,97km.
Estimated duration: 2h 33min.
Average speed: 3.5 km / h.
Start Elevation: 1,173 m.
Final Altitude: 1,328 m.
Maximum elevation: 1,546 m.
Low elevation: 1,135 m.
Rise Height: 590 m.
Urban road: 17%