You know when you go somewhere that you kind of imagined was alright, and then you are completely blown away? And you think “Why on earth hasn’t anyone really recommended this to me or told me how pretty it is?”. It doesn’t happen to me a lot because usually I do a bit of research before going somewhere, and then I either imagine it’s pretty, and it is, or I get disappointed. One of those few times happened two weeks ago when I went for a day trip up to La Alpujarra with my parents.
In the province of Granada, in the western part of La Alpujarra, or Las Alpujarras, three villages cling to the steep mountain sides that make up the Route of Poquiera; Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira. These villages are also part of the Sierra Nevada National Park. Around this area there are lots of hiking possibilities, and I hope to go back one day, stay for several days, and hike.
After a few hours of nerve wrecking driving up the precipitous roads (I am a tiny bit afraid of heights), we first got to to the village of Pampaneira. Touristic, but with lots and lots of charm. There were numerous cute cafes and restaurants in the narrow streets, and especially in the main square, as well as shops selling jarapas, the traditional rugs in vivid colors.
I found a beautiful cat with the most amazing eyes, and I really wanted to get a good photo of it, but it just kept going up in my lens or trying to get some love from me. Impossible. After about 100 shots, this was the best one I got:
Following the street from the main square, we found the fountain of San Antonio, or Chumpaneira. It is said that whoever drinks the water from this fountain as a single man will get married. Even though I’m not a man or single, I drank. Just in case.
Before continuing our journey, we had lunch at Restaurante Ruta del Mulhacén (which is also a gastronomic interpretation centre). We went upstairs to their terrace and ate some wonderful food with a gorgeous view.
I had migas (cooked bread crumbs with meat and vegetables). Yum. (What would my blog posts be without any food photos?)
As we continued up the Carretera de la Sierra, we passed Bubión, but didn’t stop until the next village, Capileira. It wasn’t quite as touristic, or at least we couldn’t really find a real center besides the main road, but we walked around the residential area which was very interesting. There were flowers everywhere! I loved the contrast of the white buildings, the colorful flowers and the green landscape.
Suddenly we saw these two wooden sculptures overlooking the landscape. So cute!
There were some really nice restaurants with gardens and gorgeous views just passing the “center”. We sat down at one and had a beer (not daddy “the driver”, of course) because I had to calm my nerves for the car ride back down.
Nothing that a cold beer couldn’t fix! I slept like a baby all the way back to Nerja.