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In the very heart of the Alpujarra, in the Poqueira Gorge, the itinerary through Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira provides the traveller with some amazing scenery.
> By Elena Llompart / Granada Hoy
Shortly after leaving Pampaneira, the walker gets a view of the village, made up of stacks of houses with grey ‘terraos’, the name given to the roofs of the houses topped off with a special type of clay known locally as ‘launa’. The path winds gently up amongst terraced banks on the slopes, dotted with fruit trees and other typical trees of the region. This cultural landscape extends on both sides of the gorge, and is the legacy of the Moorish inhabitants who colonized the slopes of the Sierra Nevada. In order to make mountain farming productive, a complex network of irrigation channels was designed, which is still preserved today. This network of irrigation channels is of great cultural value, not only for agricultural purposes, but also for the enormous impact it has on the surrounding landscape and the ecosystems.
After 45 minutes of walking uphill, we reach the houses of the Hondo district of Bubión. Cross the lower part of the village, passing the church, and take the path that goes up to Capileira, running almost parallel to the present-day road. The path passes close to some restored cortijos (farmhouses), and crosses cultivated banks where you seemany cherry, apple, pear and peach trees.
When you reach the Puente Chiscar you can either take the path leading from the threshing areas of Aldeire, or from the last houses of the lower part of the village.
The traveller has a marvellous view of the villages of Poqueira and their white houses with grey roofs, huddled together on the slope. If you look in the direction from where you came from, you can see the high river basin of the Rio Poqueira with the hulking mass of the Mulhacén summit looming in the background.
This return path enters Bubión near the sports centre. From here you pass the church, and finally reach the Royal Road that you took coming up, to return to Pampaneira, where the route ends.
An endless choice of dishes to taste and enjoy
Cured ham is the bestlocalLa Alpujarra dish. TheLa Alpujarra soup in Pampaneira, the puchero a la gitanilla (Gypsy stew), fried potatoes with onion and peppers, las migas camperas, suckling goat with garlic, and the gachas pimentonas (La Alpujarran soup with almonds) are also delicious. The so-called plato alpujarreño (literally the dish of La Alpujarra) consists of fried potatoes with onion and peppers, fried eggs, ham, sausage, black pudding, and fried peppers. You can also try the typical Moorish sweet pastries, the fried doughnuts or roscos from Pampaneira, the borrachillos, la torta de lata and the fried chocolate pastries. In Bubión you can taste the typical dishes of the region and the famous cured hams and pork products. The best cuisine on offer in Capileira are the famous pucheros, guisos, migas and gachas, as well as the range of homemade sweet pastries from the village.
The so-called tinaos, ingenious space savers
The architecture of the villages of Poqueira is simple, due to the historical isolation of the area, which meant that the materials used has to come fro the area. Each house is built on top of the one below. The streets are steep and the houses are stacked one on top of the other, with flat slate roofs, which are used as the terrace for the house above, (an architectural design that can be seen in the houses of North Africa). The houses are completely adapted to the mountainous land on which they are built.
Regions: Alpujarra and Valle de Lecrín
Route length: 9,8 km
Estimated duration: 3h 45m
Altitude at departure: 1010 metres
Maximum altitude: 1430 metres
Gradient: 630 metres
Ecosystems: Mid-level and high-level mountains
Recommended time: All year round
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