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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.


Information about the Municipality

Region: Alpujarra and Valle de Lecrín
Postcode: 18413
Distance from Granada (km): 79
Number of inhabitants: 582
People: Capilurrios
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Iglesia parroquial de Santa María la Mayor


This church was built in the 18th century on the site of another church that had been built in 1502, on the site of a former mosque. It has a beautiful wooden Baroque altarpiece from the 17th century and an [...]

Pedro Antonio de Alarcón Museum


This museum is dedicated to popular arts and traditions. It is located in an old mansion owned by the town hall of Capileira, and is an interesting example of local architecture. It is spread over two floors, each of which [...]

J. Brown ; Taller de piel


Pantalones, Camisas, Faldas …

Barranco de Poqueira route

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.

The Moorish ditches of Barranco de Poqueira

The spectacular beauty of the Barranco del Poqueira gorge has made it one of the best-known places in the La Alpujarra part of the Sierra Nevada. It best defines the harmonious relationship between the area’s natural landscape and the local villages precariously clinging to the sides of the ravine yet perfectly integrated into their environment.

Virgen de la Cabeza.


Although they still maintain the tradition of the romeria of April, the main celebrations in honour of the patron were moved to the middle of August years ago, due to the fact that there are more tourists on these dates.

Pilgrimage of Nuestra Señora de la Cabeza


The last Sunday of April there is a romeria in Capileira to the hermitage of the Virgin, whose carving is not brown but white, in opposition of the ones of the same type. After spending the day in the field, [...]

Chestnut celebration


In the Mauraca or Chestnut Celebration, the villagers and visitors get together at the square where at night there is a big mauraca, a bonfire where they roast the chestnuts. There is a playful atmosphere along the night and it [...]


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