The geological structure and the historical development of the Alpujarras has made it one of the most spectacular and interesting areas for walking. Situated on the southern flanks of the Sierra Nevada, with its terraced farmlands constantly watered by the melting mountain snows, it has a unique mini-ecology. At an average altitude of 4,000 feet it is an oasis of greenery in contrast to the arid foothills below. The Moors established fifty or more villages in this hidden terrain and the area provided their last stronghold when Granada was taken by the Christians in 1492. These unique hamlets have retained their traditional Berber architecture: terraced clusters of square houses clinging to the mountainside, with flat clay roofs, surmounted with a wonderful variety of tall chimney pots. Each village, with its rocky streets and overhanging passageways, retains its own identity, but each village to the next is linked by a mule track, or footpath. A splendid area for walking!
The picturesque villages of Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira are on the slopes of the Poqueira Valley. A selection of twenty laminated walking maps can be provided for this area alone. Walks varying from 5kms to 17kms where the Ibex roam, golden eagles hunt and herbs scent the air which is clear and fresh.
To follow an easy walk from the village of Capileira to Pitres click here. It is always a good idea to walk where you know a bar can be found at the other end!
On selected days, guided walks of between 15 and 20 kms, with transport from Orgiva to trailheads are available. A picnic is included and the price is €35 per person. Special days for a minimum of two people are also available by negotiation.
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The chestut forest above Soportujar
Carataunas, the village lies below Soportujar
Mecina Fondales, one of the Taja villages