Day: thursday Time: 9 a.m. Prices: 29 € / adult and 20 € / child (3-12 years)
Information about the itinerary:
Departure at the indicated time from Roquetas de Mar with destination the Alpujarra of Granada. During this excursion we will get to know the most traditional of the culture of the Alpujarra, and we will travel through some impressive countrysides en typical white villages in the mountains ofGranada. We will see some of the mostbeautiful villages of Spain, the villages of the valley of Poqueira: Capileira, Pampaneira and Bubion. At midday we will enjoy a typical “Alpujarra” lunch (not included). In the afternoon we will return to Roquetas de Mar. Arrival at Roquetas de Mar and the end of our service.
Incluided in our prices:
- Transport by bus
- Accompanying guide during the whole excursion.
* Pepe Tours reserves the right to change the itinerary and the order of the excursions for organizational reasons.
More information: The Alpujarra ... everything you can dream of.
The Alpujarra is one of the most unique environments of Europe. The steep mountainous area with incredible hilly landscape, full with contrasts: as a result of the difference in heights and the difference in climates, we can enjoy an alpine lanscape as well as a subtropical coast.
Three colours are welldefined in the Alpujarra: green of the countryside, blue of the sky, the sea at the background, white of the villages and the nearby snow. Like the Alpujarra there are few regions that have been capable to keep their beauty and mistery. Little villages have known how to maintain their traditions, habits and lifestyles as the inhabitants of the villages in this region. What is most striking in the Alpujarra is the peculiar way of building the villages, specially villages like Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira, which form a splendid Historical Artistical Unity called theAbyss of Poquiera. They maintained the berber aspect in the architecture of their houses and streets. Small white villages, balconies, covered with flowers, hanging of the terraces on the slopes and which interrupt an almost untouched nature. Villages built as terraces with steep narrow streets and their little houses of a mainly whie colour, with flat roofs. From the panoramic viewpoint of Capileira, on top of the abyss, one can see the nearby villages, Sierra Nevada, and on clear days some of the mountaintops of the north african coast.
The origin of Capileira goes back to the time of the Goths although some writers think that it goes further back in time. The name comes from the latin woord capillaris-e, which means “higher situated place”. Due to the invicible character it was one of the last places taken by the arabs and later the christians. Dring the Nasride periode it formed the Taha (an administrative area) of Poquiera. Capileira was the scene for the battles between Boabdil and his uncle, El Zagal. After the Reconquest of Granada the population of Capileira stayed moslim until the Revolt of 1568, after which the moors were expelled by order of Phillips II. Later on the village was repopulated witg inhabitants from other pasrts of the Kingdom.
The village fully maintains the traditional architecture of the Alpujarra and is divided in three districts. The white houses with the flat roofs shape the small winding streets. Through the ages the inhabitants of Capileira have been charactarised by their scrupulous respect for their environment, which made of this village the perfect place to enjoy nature. The panoramic sites are ideal to enjoy the spectacular views over the Sierra de Lujarand the Sierra de la Contraviesa. Recommended is the panoramic view from el Taho del Diablo, vertically oposite Pampaneira and the one fromEl Perchel with its typical work of the Alpujarra. The most impressive is the panoramic view from the Junta de los Rios, situated at the most southern point of the left hand side of the abyss.
Bubion hangs on the precipice of Poquiera, which rises towards the mountaintop Veleta in Sierra Nevada. The architecture is the same as the berber villages, steep streets and houses with flat roofs made out of slate and adapted to the steep slopes of the area.
Pampaneira is the lowest of the three villages of the Abyss of Poqueira. This villages is know for its special architecture, which is preserves the tradition of the Alpujarra: white villages with flat roofs, with ‘sombrillo’ chimneys and the typical ‘tinaos’. Pampaneira is also wellkown because of its wealth and variety in handicraft, whch goes from all sorts of ceramics to cloths that are known as ‘jarapas’, and many other typical objects of the area. The fountains are also worthwhile to be mentioned, some with medicinal mineralwater and others, as the Chumpaneira, with ‘supernatural’ powers. As one can read above the three fountains of this spring, where it is said that It is the Fountain of Virtues, and it’s power is such that when a single man drinks from this fountain with the conviction that he wants to marry, directly afterwards he will find his wife, you see!!