«These crevassed ravines of the lower Sierra Nevada were the last stronghold of the Moors after the Christian reconquest of Spain in the 15th century»
Five centuries later the fifty-odd villages scattered throughout these mountains retain their Moorish allure with keyhole archways, thermal baths and fairytale-like white washed buildings. The vast majority of the tranquil villages in Las Alpujarras have casas rurales where visitors can spend the night. While there are many towns to choose from, some of the most breathtaking are those along the Poqueira Gorge: Capileira, Bubión and Pampaneira. For those wanting to hike the Mulhacén (the tallest peak on the Iberian Peninsula), opt for Capileira as it is the closest. The Alpujarras region is also a short drive from the provincial capital of Granada, a modern city with spectacular history.