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Capileira Capileirais the topmost village of the three in the Poqueira Gorge, and has fantastic views down into the gorge, looking over its rooftops. Capileira is the starting point for several walks. 

It has a population of 520 and is at an elevation of 1440m.  There is a 16th Century church, and a small weaving workshop where you can watch work being done.  Capileira

There are some particularly good rug-shops here that tend to be cheaper than in the lower villages.  Capileira is the quietest of the three villages, as it is the highest one and least touristy.  The houses here are beautiful, traditional Alpujarran houses; white-washed with beams over the tiny, steep streets, and houses covered in flowers and pot-plants.  There are several hostels, bars and cafes. 

There is a road from Capileira over the Sierra Nevada to the ski-village of Pradollano, but it is closed to vehicles unless you have a permit.  However, during late June to late Oct there is a National Park shuttle bus service along this route, called the ‘High Peaks Environmental Interpretation Service’, and tickets for this can be bought in the Atlas Cumbres at Capileira.



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