Traditional holiday cottage near Capileira square and walking paths

Capileira, Alpujarras, Andalucia Property Ref: AP19
  • Doors
    1 Bedrooms
  • Sleeps
    Sleeps 3
  • Property Ref: AP19

A village house with plenty of character in Capileira village, high in the Poqueira Gorge. In a quiet corner, close to restaurants. Now with free WiFi internet. Sleeps 2 or 3 people.

Booking information for AP19

  • Normal check-in time: 2 pm - 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am. 

  • A pet may be permitted on request, in which case an extra cleaning charge of 15 euros will apply.

  • When 3 people book, the third person is accommodated in a comfortable sofa-bed 1.20 m x 2 m in the front living area.

Changeover day for AP19

  • The start and finish day is flexible.

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Summary

A village house with plenty of character in Capileira village, high in the Poqueira Gorge. In a quiet corner, close to restaurants. Now with free WiFi internet. Sleeps 2 or 3 people.

Facilities

  • Bedrooms
    1 Bedrooms
  • Bathroom
    1 Bathrooms
  • Beds
    Sleeps 3

Enjoyment
WiFi Internet (for all normal browsing); TV; DVD/CD player; Assorted books and maps.

Self-catering
4-ring gas hob and oven; Kettle; Coffee maker; Toaster; Small fridge.

Practicalities
Washing machine; Iron & board; Gas & electric heaters; Woodburning stove; Fan; Hairdryer; All bedding and towels provided (except for outdoor beach/pool use: please bring your own).

Layout

All on one floor (with a few internal steps)
Open-plan kitchen/sitting room with breakfast bar and a large (1.20 m x 2 m) sofa bed for one person, leading to rear living room with woodburning stove; Bedroom 1: Double bed; Bathroom (shower over full bathtub/WC).

Exterior
Quiet corner of a traffic-free street (wicker chairs can be set out here)

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Overview

Capileira stands out in more ways than one. Highest of the three old villages of the Poqueira Gorge in Las Alpujarras (the others are Pampaneira and Bubión), it occupies the place of honour, directly below the Sierra Nevada National Park and facing south, with the mountains at its back and sweeping views down the valley.

It's one of the best walking destinations in Spain, where the combination of mountains and Andalucian sun creates an ideal climate for hikes virtually year-round. This one-bedroomed village house represents an opportunity to stay in a traditional Alpujarras dwelling with all the comforts of a well looked-after holiday home.

The house is conveniently situated in a quiet corner below the village square and its café-bars, restaurants and supermarkets and craft shops.

There’s a neat kitchen with a breakfast bar. This is open-plan with the front room sitting area, furnished with a comfortable sofa bed (for a third person, at a supplement) and wicker armchairs. The chairs are deliberately lightweight so that you can carry them outside: the broad (and traffic-free) street corner is a good place to sit out quietly and enjoy drinks or read, studying the walks and maps provided in the house.

A rear living room is similarly furnished for comfort with a sofa and armchair. A quality wrought-iron woodburning stove here provides cosiness in the winter months, the warmth rising into the bedroom directly behind it. The double bed is comfortable and there's a walk-in wardrobe.

The bathroom also leads off the rear living room, opposite the bedroom.

Although holidays in La Alpujarra are inevitably about exploring the legendary mountain area, the house is an inviting place to hole up and relax. There are several hostelries offering drinks, tapas and meals nearby, in case you want to venture out. The detailed recommendations we send you as one of your holiday documents include an old cellar bar and a pizzeria with wild boar and venison on the menu.

Parking and the village square are close by. The square also doubles as a playground for children in the late afternoon, when mothers gather together to sit and chat. The fountains (every village has their own) provide mountain spring water to refill your water bottle.

Capileira (population 570), mostly local Spanish but sprinkled with other nationalities) is a fascinating labyrinth of winding streets, a maze impenetrable to cars, where you will find chickens and goats sharing whitewashed, geranium-bedecked dwellings and views up to the snowy Sierra Nevada peaks or down to the southern Contraviesa, the last mountain range before the Mediterranean Sea.

It’s also one of the best provided for in terms of cafés, bars, restaurants, interesting and useful shops, without succumbing to the depredations of tourism: it remains a genuine and very attractive Alpujarras village with plenty of life of its own. The distinctive flat roofs are a typical example of North African Berber architecture, heritage of the era when the Moors were here after their expulsion from Granada in 1492.

The main road above Capileira (there’s only one, just mind the pot holes) goes up 13 km to the National Park entrance (just park and walk in, there’s a ranger but you are free to wander wherever you please), where pine forest eventually gives out and you are left with another landscape altogether: rugged mountain scenery, herds of ibex, eagles, a silent high altitude world. In the summer, a mini-bus service runs up here from Capileira.

The summit of Mulhacén, the highest mountain on the Iberian peninsula, is the goal for many a hiker, but there are plenty of other great routes, to the Seven Lagoons, up the gorge past the ghost village to the meeting of the rivers, or simply down to the Poqueira River and across the bridge: a walk that starts from the house’s front door step and takes less than half an hour.

Days or half-days out can take you to a variety of similarly ancient villages of the high Alpujarra, to the pretty hamlets of La Taha, for example, for strolls in the countryside and good food. Here, just 15 minutes away, is an open-air swimming pool open to the public ast a campsite.

There’s also O Sel Lin, a Buddhist centre founded by the Dalai Lama.

Granada and the magnificent Alhambra are naturally a must for many, and we can also suggest beaches on the Costa Tropical. Both the city and the coast are a little over an hour away by car.

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Location

Setting

Mountain village in spectacular gorge

Location

In a quiet corner of the village of Capileira (bars, restaurants, bank, butcher, bakeries, craft shops, pharmacy, small supermarkets, cafés with WiFi).

Sierra Nevada National Park 5 km
Mountain walks
Hamlets of La Taha 15 mins
Pretty walks, country restaurants
Orgiva 25 mins
Low Alpujarra
Granada 1 hr 15 mins
And Alhambra Palace
airport Nearest Airports
Granada (GRX) 1 hr 30 mins
Malaga (AGP) 2 hrs
Almeria (LEI) 2 hrs 40 mins

Prices

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Sleeps 2 or 3 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-2pax 3-3
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
€360
€420
Sleeps 2 or 3 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-2pax 3-3
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
€360
€420
Sleeps 2 or 3 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-2pax 3-3
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
£310
£362
Sleeps 2 or 3 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-2pax 3-3
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
$334
$390
Sleeps 2 or 3 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-2pax 3-3
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
AU$472
AU$551
Sleeps 2 or 3 people 
DatesPrice per week
FromTopax 1-2pax 3-3
01 Jan 201701/01/2017 31 Dec 201731/12/2017
CAD$679
CAD$792

Booking information for AP19

  • Normal check-in time: 2 pm - 10 pm; Normal check-out time: 10 am. 

  • A pet may be permitted on request, in which case an extra cleaning charge of 15 euros will apply.

  • When 3 people book, the third person is accommodated in a comfortable sofa-bed 1.20 m x 2 m in the front living area.

Changeover day for AP19

  • The start and finish day is flexible.

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YOUR REVIEWS

Stephen | October | 2014

AP19 We were very happy with our week in Capileira. The house is well equipped (although some might find the shower challenging) and comfortable. The situation, in the heart of the village yet tucked away and very quiet, was ideal for us. The weather helped - we ended up going up Mulhacen twice. We would have no hesitation in recommending it. Minor suggestions to improve the experience even further: Guidance on where to park on arrival. We followed the first car park sign and then had to explore on foot to get our bearings. A note on the washing machine to stress that the door has to be very firmly shut (although Wendy, who was very friendly and helpful, solved this for us). Better lighting for evening reading. A note to highlight the wifi at Tilo (and on the terrace, even if it's shut) with the password. A warning about the state of the road to Hoya del Portillo - hire cars are apparently often not insured for pistas forestales. Further information about the minibus service to Alto del Chorillo, the necessity to book in advance and the fact that it doesn't run if there are not enough bookings."

Rustical Update

Directions for arrival now guide you to a car park close to the house. The owner has agreed to buy a new lamp for reading and has installed WiFi internet in the house, so there's no need to go to El Tilo café-bar for to connect. The minibus service up into National Park is good in summer months but otherwise unpredictable, which makes it hard to know what to publish. We don't think that hire cars are rented for going off-road either.

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