Beauty of Capileira

Beauty of Capileira

Walking in Las Alpujarras – 29th May- 5th June 2011

Arrival Day (Sunday)

After a long but scenic drive we arrived in Capileira in beautiful sunshine and after a much needed drink were taken on a stroll around the village by Wendy to help us get our bearings.

Capileira is a quaint and pretty whitewashed village that tumbles down the mountain side as if clinging on for dear life. Every doorway and terrace is a riot of beautiful flowers. From the lower reaches of the village there are wonderful views of the still snow-capped mountains in the distance.


Day 1 (Monday)

Dawned with clear blue skies and sunshine and we all set off on foot from the village passing through the five villages of Bubion, Capilleria, Pitres, Atalbeitar, and Fondales to end at Mecinilla. What a beautiful walk this was, each whitewashed village as pretty as the next, nestling on the hillsides abundant with bright flowers. On the paths between the villages, the hillsides overlooking the Poqueira gorge were a breath-taking mass of wild flowers of all kinds.

Those of us feeling a little more energetic took a detour up to Angel Rocks to gain a magnificent view of the valley and the mountains beyond. Another highlight of the day was lunch! We stopped in a restaurant in Pitres where we had a wonderful tapas style lunch including a delicious selection of local sausages.

On reaching the end of our walk at Mecinilla, we enjoyed a well-earned drink in a local bar before being taken back to Capileira by coach. A couple of us then braved the somewhat bracing water of the hotel swimming pool to cool off!

Day 2 (Tuesday)

Once again, this day started with promisingly blue skies and sunshine for our high altitude walk up the Hoya towards the highest mountain in mainland Spain, Mulhacen. We took the bus from our hotel up to a point about 700m higher up the valley, and we started to climb through the pine forests and along the side of the ridge, where we had magnificent views of Mulhacen and the snow-capped peaks of the surrounding mountains. 
Unfortunately for us, just as we approached the Refugio Poqueira, where we stopped to eat our lunch, the cloud descended and stayed with us for the rest of the walk, so we were unable to see the much-anticipated views, which from our altitude of 2721m at Alto del Chorillo would have been spectacular. However, despite the disappointing weather we were still able to enjoy the masses of alpine flowers, including a riot of golden broom which got stumpier as we climbed higher. We were surrounded by the heady smell of broom, and wild thyme for the whole day.

Walking in Las Alpujarras- 29thMay- 5thJune 2011

Arrival Day (Sunday)

After a long but scenic drive we arrived in Capileira in beautiful sunshine and after a much needed drink were taken on a stroll around the village by Wendy to help us get our bearings.

Capileira is a quaint and pretty whitewashed village that tumbles down the mountain side as if clinging on for dear life. Every doorway and terrace is a riot of beautiful flowers. From the lower reaches of the village there are wonderful views of the still snow-capped mountains in the distance.