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The Poqueira Valley villages of Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira

These three beautiful white washed villages stand out as some of Spain’s most picturesque places to visit. Still very Spanish with a selection of fine and local cuisine, shops and excellent bases to explore Las Alpujarras. Pampaneira is probably the most touristy of the three as it is the first to come to when travelling from Granada or the coast. Bubión sits in the middle and is a little quieter and Capileira is the highest with probably the best selection of restaurants and also the ideal base for walking the high sierras. Cortijo Cañada del Reguero sits at 1600metres just above the village of Capileira.

Skiing in the Sierra Nevada

Deep snow and cross country skiing - starting with accommodation at Cortijo Cañada del Reguero you can have a high mountain cross-country or deep-snow ski holiday. Whether for one day excursions, returning back to the Cortijo or a few days with accommodation arranged at mountain refuges, exploring the high mountain area and the three highest peaks of Mulhacén, Pico de Veleta and Cerro e Caballo, is an exciting experience. A great holiday for those wanting to explore the area in winter but avoid the overcrowded ski resorts.

The area offers the highest massif in Western Europe after the Alps, with the highest peaks of the Iberian Peninsula (Mulhacén 3,481m and Veleta 3,398m).

Nevadensis have highly experience guides.

The Sierra Nevada mountain ski area is about one and a half hours drive from the Cortijo and usually has good snow conditions from November to April. The season might vary due to extreme climate conditions in a particular year, but you can count on good snow conditions for at least 5 months per year. The ski resort with lifts, telemark, cabins and about 60 km of prepared ski courses,opens usually mid November and closes, depending on snow conditions, April or May Ski instruction with professional tutor for all levels of skiing skills is easily arranged. Ski gear can be hired in any of the ski shops in the resort.

Out and About in the regions.

Granada

Turismo de Granada have produced a great little booklet called ‘weekend’. It shows you many of the exciting places to visit in the region of Granada. One of the most visited placed is the Alhambra and Generalife in Granada. Being so popular, we highly recommend you book tickets in advance Granada has many other attractions including the spectacular cathedral. The Science Park and the Aqua Park are highly recommended for children.

The Coast – Costa Tropical

In 70 minutes you can be sitting on the beach of Salobrena ordering sardines that have been cooked on the beach. Along the coast is the resort of Almunecar and La Herradura. La Herradura probably has the best beaches and good restaurants. Just next to La Herrdaura is the nudist beach Playa de Cantarriján.

Other places worth a visit

Lanjaron with its soothing waters.

La Taha villages including Pitres, Mecina, Mecina Fondales and Ferreriola

Trevelez – famed for its ham and being, supposedly, the highest village in Spain

Yegen – the home of Gerald Brenan who wrote the brilliant description of life in Las Alpujarras in the 1920’s – South from Granada - some things still have not changed….

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Holidays in Las Alpujarras, Andalucia

This is the name given to the south side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range - It is an amazing area for so many activities whilst on holiday. Walking, mountain-biking, paragliding, horse-riding, canyon and rock climbing , painting , bird watching, relaxing and much more. Qualified guides can be arranged for all of these pursuits and excellent maps are available in the cortijo’s apartment. Below is more detail about just some of the thing on offer in rural Andalucia.

Walking holidays in Las Alpujarras

The Alpujarras are amongst the best walking Spain can offer. Whether it be high altitude treks, a guided walk to include reaching the peak of Mulhacén (3413 metres - the highest peak in Spain) and the high mountain lakes, or a circular walk from the Cortijo walking across mountain streams, passing traditional farms and ending up for a leisurely lunch in the village of Capileira. The GR-7 crosses through the area (a long distance footpath running from Athens to Algeciras).

Trekking, walking or hiking in the Sierra Nevada Natural Park

Walking can be practiced all year over. The area offers a lot of marked routes and tracks starting with 1 - 2 hours for a walk, to visit three of the beautiful white villages of the Poqueira gorge, Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira.

Most routes are well sign posted and Jeremy Rabjohns has written a great walking route book, many of which start around Cortijo Cañada del Reguero. A copy is available for guests to use in the apartment

Horse riding in the Alpujarra and Sierra Nevada Natural park

Horseback riding in the Las Alpujarras with Dallas Love is worth trying.
Her stables are situated less than 1km from the Cortijo above the village of Capileira. A half-day or day trek through the Poqueira Gorge or heading across the valley to the highest village in Spain – Trevelez, can be arranged. Dallas also arranges week holidays travelling the whole area on horseback and staying in local hostels and hotels.

Mountain biking holidays and Cycling Holidays in the Sierra Nevada National Park, Andalucia

A fabulous activity for those looking for an adventure in the high mountains. Cycling around the Sierra Nevada Natural Park can be practised all year round. The tracks are hard but with a good guide they can be achieved. Cycling from the cortijo you can reach the peak of Mulhacen (3413 metres) and enjoy the descents of good mountain tracks down. The Alpujarras range from almost sea level up to the high mountains Mulhacén and Pico de Veleta and there are road, off road and high mountain touring routes available.

Because the area is considered such good quality for mountain biking, there are also some excellent guides available to show you the routes and help you navigate the single tracks! For those who enjoy cycling but are not so sure about steep single track descents, there are many good quality fire roads through the park that are lovely to cycle on.

Canyon Climbing and Rock Climbing in Las Alpujarras and the Sierra Nevada Natural Park

Climbing a canyon and rafting in this area is a sport that can be enjoyed all year round. The area offers various level of canyon climbing to take in both the beginner and the advanced climber. Rock climbing, a teamwork activity, is possible for about 9 months of the year. All the gear can be provided by the activity company Nevadensis. Their experts in rock climbing are ready to show you the local walls for all levels of climbing skills.

Painting holidays in Andalucia

Come and learn new skills in painting and drawing techniques in Andalusia, Southern Spain. Not all painting holidays can offer qualified and experienced tuition with a proven professional track record. If you feel you would benefit from a more structured teaching programme tailored to your needs, you may wish to enrol for one of our courses in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, here in the beautiful Alpujarras. Whether you work in oils, watercolours, gouache or pastels, new skills techniques and insights can be learned quickly with effective tuition. Maggy Pishneshin lives in Capileria and runs these successful courses. To find our more visit www.arteandalucia.com

A guest painting

Lucy and Mike Hynes
Cortijo Cañada del Reguero
Crta. de la Sierra, s/n
18413 CAPILEIRA Granada
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