Capileira is located in one of the most extraordinary natural locations in Granada: the Barranco de Poqueira gorge. This place, an official Historic-Artistic site, is on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada and is part of the Natural Park. It sits at the foot of the Veleta, next to the towns of Capileira, Bubión and Pampaneira. Capileira enjoys leafy surroundings and extraordinary views. From the main viewpoint over the ravine you can see the neighbouring towns of the Sierra Nevada and, on clear days, across the Mediterranean Sea to Africa. Las Eras de Aldeire, the refuge located at 2500 meters above sea level, is one of the town’s main attractions, ideal for mountain excursions up the peaks of the Mulhacén and the Veleta.
The town centre is a fine example of the traditional architecture of La Alpujarra and is divided into three districts. The typical white houses with flat roofs are built along steep and winding streets. The inhabitants of Capileira have respected their natural surroundings throughout history, making this the perfect town in which to enjoy nature. The viewpoints give you spectacular views of the mountain ranges of Lújar and Contraviesa. We highly recommend visiting the Tajo del Diablo, and the Tajo del Perchel. The most impressive viewpoint is Junta de los Rios, located on the southern edge of the left-hand slope of the ravine.
The origins of Capileira certainly go back to the time of the Goths, although some experts believe that the town could date from even earlier. Its name comes from the Latin word capillaris, meaning highest place. Because it is so difficult to access it was one of the last places to be conquered by the Arabs and later by the Christians.
In the Moorish period it fell under the administrative division, or Taha, of Poqueira. Capileira was where the fights between Boabdil and his uncle El Zagal took place. After the capture of Granada its population remained Muslim until the rebellion of 1568, when the Moors were expelled by Felipe II. Later the town was repopulated by settlers from other parts of Spain.
In Capileira delicious bread is still baked in Arab ovens and is perfect for either dipping or for accompanying the traditional La Alpujarra dish made of fried potatoes, fried egg, ham, marinated tenderloin, chorizo and morcilla.
Game is often used in the local cuisine. Another typical recipe is the Capilurrio Choto and fennel stew. Delicious hams are also cured in the area.