Only 15 kilometres away from sa mayma is La Alpujarra, a high mountain region located on Sierra Nevada’s southern slope. It is impressive to see how residents adapted to the harsh conditions imposed by geography to create a unique landscape of villages clinging to the mountains, irrigation canals that maximise every last drop of water that comes from the snow-capped peaks and a magnificently cultivated terraced landscape that converts the hillsides into authentic orchards. The main hallmark of the region is its popular architecture directly inherited from the Berber settlements that populated the area after the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula in the 8th century. The door to the Alpujarra is the village of Lanjarón, famous for its medicinal waters and thermal spa. Pampaneira is the first of the distinct villages of La Alpujarra encountered by travellers. Capileira is only six kilometres away by road from Pampaneira, with Bubión in the middle.

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