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‘Capileira - Berber architecture in Spanish mountains’

Las Alpujarras is a natural and historical region in Andalucía, on the south slopes of the Sierra Nevada & the adjacent valley and extends over two provinces, Granada and Almería.

The terracing and the irrigation of the hillsides in the Alpujarras was the work of Berbers, who inhabited this area after the Moorish invasion of 711 AD. They also built villages on the hillsides in their style from in the mountains of North Africa: narrow, winding streets and flat-roofed houses in a cubic style.

In the gorge of the Poqueira River we find three very picturesque villages.
Capileira is the highest of these three. The other two are Pampaneira and Bubión.

Capileira is situated at an altitude of 1.436 meters. But there is a considerable altitude difference between the lower (the oldest part) and the upper part of the village.

It has good facilities for visitors including hotels, restaurants and a market but still retains its typical Alpujarran character, especially once away from the main road.
In 2005 the population amounted to 582 people.

The picture is taken in winter and from Capileira it’s possible to see the snowcapped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. Two of the three highest mountains in mainland Spain are located in the Sierra Nevada: the Mulhacén at 3.479 meters and the Veleta at 3.396 meters but I’m not sure that the peak you see here is one of both.

For a closer view of the picturesque houses see the two photos in the workshop.

The information mentioned here and much more can be found on Wikipedia.

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