Weekend Escapes in Malaga - Sierra Nevada

Located only one and half hour's drive from Malaga, Granada province offers wonderful places to visit, both for its architecture as for its history and culture: we can find in this beautiful land small villages that us offer a variety of options to spend an unforgettable weekend.

Here we find special places such as Capileira, a small town in the gorge of Poqueira the region of the Alpujarra; picturesque white houses with little more than five hundred people, it is the ideal place for rest and practice of rural tourism.

Capileira name means "high place" and for being a place of difficult access, it was among the last places to be conquered first by Arabs and later by Christians, being the scene of several battles.

The natural area surrounding the town is perfect; Poqueira Ravine has been listed as a historic-artistic set, as it is a perfect example of the preservation of traditional architecture.

Capileira is located at an altitude of 1.436 meters, being the highest of the villages that make up the Barranco de Poqueira, the villages of Bubion and Pampaneira complete this geography.

Furthermore, it is the gateway to the National Park and also the way to the peaks of Sierra Nevada, perfect places to enjoy a trip up from the gorge of Poqueira to the lagoons that are at the top of the mountain.

Two of the most visited destinations in the area are Eras de Aldeire and Refugio which is 2.500 meters above sea level, an excellent place for excursions to the peaks of the Veleta and Mulhacén.

In its urban area we will find an architecture that denotes the traditional style of the Alpujarras, small white houses with balconies adorned with colorful flowers. Divided into three zones or districts with steep and narrow streets, you can see how people have been respectful of the environment and nature, making Capileira and its neighbor villages ideal places to visit.

There are several overlooks offering views of the magnificent views; among the most visited are the viewpoints of Tajo del Diablo in the area of Pampaneira, the viewpoint of Percher and the southern end the viewpoint of Junta de los dos Rios does provide breathtaking scenery.

Lovers of painting and photography will find more than enough inspiration for their art, amazing places and endless landscapes in both summer and winter where each station will give a different hue to the landscape.

There is possibility of mountain biking or hiking through specially designed and marked trails or taking new paths in various places that are still virgin. Paragliding is one of the sports you can practice in the area due to the climatic conditions in the region where there are areas with a unique and perfect microclimate.

The regions outstanding cuisine invites us to enjoy delicious dishes, in addition to its delicious hams.

Of course we cannot forget the excellent wines that are part of the culinary heritage of the region and the great desserts with the influence of Arabic pastries.

Granada offers beautiful sites such as Capileira to enchant us with scenery, history, culture, traditions and gastronomy, impossible not to enjoy every moment spend in this little paradise. From Malaga we reach the Alpujarra swiftly in less than two hours. It's a great ride along the Mediterranean Sea and up into the high mountains of the Sierra Nevada, a beautiful contrast and a great option for a day trip.

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