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Active Tourism

Walks, excursions and others

The Alpujarras offers multiple alternatives for your free time. Located in full nature and being many of its municipalities in the Sierra Nevada natural park, is the ideal place to practice all kinds of sports such as rafting, canyoning, paragliding, bungee jumping, hang-gliding ... In the same way it is tremendously easy to find numerous trails for excursions, routes through the Sierra Nevada, walks and bicycle or horse riding routes.

Down to the Poqueira river

El río Poqueira

If what you want is a short walk or you come with young children, the most appropriate route is the descent to the Poqueira River.
A very smooth walk that takes only half an hour. There you can rest under chestnut trees shades and take a dip in its pools.

La Cebadilla (Download PDF)

La  Cebadilla

La Cebadilla is an abandoned village built for the employees that used to work at the power station that is still there.

This route is circular, going through the two slopes of the gorge and crossing the Poqueira River. You can enjoy the view of the Veleta and Mulhacen, the latest the highest peak of the peninsula. It has a vertical drop of 100 meters, which allows it to be characterized as a medium level route. In spring you can see numerous plants, insects and birds.

Acequia Alta (Download PDF)

For the intrepid walkers, Acequia Alta is a circular walk of almost 20 km that shares part of its route with La Cebadilla. Making a small detour you can reach the Refugio del Poqueira on this path.

Peña del Ángel (Download PDF)

The Peña del Ángel is a gentle route that goes through the valley and can be done even in the hottest months of the year. Ideal for those looking for a light walk.

Bubión via Barranco de Rosas (Download PDF)

Also known as Ruta de los Pueblos, a versatile path that lends itself to different walks. You can circulate short (passing through Bubión), long circular (passing through Pampaneira and Bubión) or linear from Capileira to Pampaneira passing through Bubión and returning by bus.

Buddhist Center O-SEL-LING (Download PDF- Capileira) (Download PDF- Ermita)

There are two different ways to reach this Buddhist Retreat: from Capileira or from the Ermita del Padre Eterno.

Hoya del Portillo - Refuge of Poqueira (Download PDF)

If you have a car, this hike is a simpler path to get to Poqueira Refuge. The views of this trail are impressive.

Sulayr Path

Sendero Sulayr

Sulayr, 'the mountain of the sun' (a word of the Arabs), is the symbolic designation that in our days has given name to a really long path. A 300 km loop to discover the unique Penibetic landscapes. The trail consist of 19 stages, 2 which you could start from Capileira. Capileria - Puente Palo or Capileira - Trevelez.

For more information check the  website



Events and festival

Capileira has numerous festivals and traditional, religious and pagan celebrations throughout the year.

Virgen de las Nieves Pilgrimage

August 5

Climbing the Mulhacén to contemplate the mass offered in honor of the Virgen de las Nieves. It is the only day the barrier opens for cars.

Virgen de las nieves

Chisco de San Antón

16th January

The Chisco de San Antón festival is celebrated in all the Alpujarras villages each 16th January. The neighbours gather around a bonfire to obtain, according to tradition, the protection of Saint Antón. Roast meet and dances around the fire are typical.

Patronal Festivities

Last weekend of April

The patroness festivities are celebrated in each village of La Alpujarra, normally organized by the so-called "Butlers" of each town (except in the larger population centers) Butlers are usually elected each year, and their main task is to make the party better than the previous year. Along the year the butlers make, voluntarily and altruistically, raffles and requests to the City Council and other entities to collect money for the best musical "sets" and the most spectacular fireworks

fiestas en capileira

August Patronal Festivals

Two weekends in August

These festivities are dedicated to all those children of Capileira who, for one reason or another, had to emigrate to earn a living. In order to allow everybody to enjoy the festivities of their village and traditions, these are celebrated in August.

Mauracas Feast

Celebrated on the All Saints feast.

Several “mauracas” (bonfires) are made in different squares of the village: Calvary and Hondera squares, where the neighbours roast chestnuts and distribute anise until dawn.