We had a light Winter this year, but Spring was still very welcomed here in Granada! D-Man and I made our way over to Las Alpujarras for a leisurely Sunday hike, and it was the perfect day. The almond trees have just begun to bloom, and the air is crisp enough throughout the day to enjoy a good hike at all hours.
The three main towns in Las Alpujarras – from lowest to highest in elevation – consist of Pampaneira, Bubión, and Capileira. We began our hike in Pampaneira, which is probably the prettiest and busiest of the three – with artisanal goods, clean river streams running through the middle of the village, and colorful rugs hung over its whitewashed walls.
We then made our way up to Bubión, which is my favorite village. With less than 400 inhabitants and beautiful hiking trails in all directions, it has a quiet peacefulness about it that I love.
The route is great for hiking as all three villages have sources of fresh mountain water readily available. So there are various tiled fountains, outdoor laundry baths, and water spouts found throughout.
This fountain from the first village, Pampaneira, boasts that whomever drinks its water with the intention of marrying, will have a bride. Funnily enough, D-Man drank from this fountain 4 years ago, a couple of months after we started dating…
“Never say you won’t drink from this water
this fountain you see
is the fountain of virtue.
And it is so grand
that upon drinking its water
– a devotee has confirmed –
whom drinks with the intention of marrying
won’t fail! In an instant,
he’ll have a bride, you’ll see!”
And then, our final destination: Capileira.
At the top!
In Capileira, we rewarded ourselves with a cold tubo, and indulged in an Alpujarras goat cheese to take home.
The trail between these three Alpujarras villages is one of my favorites, and I’d recommend it to anyone! There’s local beer and food along the way if you find yourself on the trail on a hot day, or if you don’t feel like bringing a prepared lunch. The trail to the top takes about an hour at a leisurely pace. There are also great lodges and rustic homes of all sizes for weekend getaways with friends, family, or just for couples.
Do you have a favorite local hike?