Wednesday

Pilgrimage Virgin of the Snow Mulhacen 2018

Every summer between 4 and 5 august the people from the surrounding villages, mainly Trevélez, Busquistar and Capileira go up the Mulhacen to celebrate the pilgrimage of the Virgin of the Snow.
A mass is held on the top of the Mulhacen and many people assist with their horses.


horses on the mulhacen
Horses on the Mulhacen


The story is that a priest in the 19th century was travelling from Valor in the Alpujarras to Granada on the 4th of August. It was a nice summerday, but then all of a sudden the weather turned bad and a snowblizzard made it impossible to continue. The priest was very cold and thought that his last hour had arrived. But then all of a sudden the virgin appeared to the priest, giving him new confidence to resist and then all of a sudden the weather turned bright again.

Mulhacen 5 august 2018
Mulhacen

In honour of this miracle on the Veleta mountain a sign has been erected and on the Mulhacen the people from Trevelez bring the Virgin in procession with mules and horses.

horses on the mulhacen summer 2018
Horses coming down the hills of Mulhacen


This year we had a lot of rain and snow this spring, so we could still enjoy some snowfields on our way to Siete Lagunas.

snow on our way to siete lagunas
Snow on the east side of the Mulhacen

Siete lagunas or Seven Lagoons is located on the east side of the Mulhacen.
We discovered there this beautiful field of Stars of the Snow (Estrella de las Nieves)

stars of the snow (plantago nivalis)
Star of the snow (Plantago Nivalis)


And saw the Seven Lagoons much greener than ever in august.

seven lagoons
Seven Lagoons

Cautiously walking down the slopes with the horses




Visit of the Acequia Baja

This sunday we set off to check the Acequia Baja.

Acequia baja Capileira

In order to get there we took our car and passed Capileira until the end of the asphalt and continued up and up and up until we got to Cortijo Simon in El Prado Grande.
Cortijo Simon is easy to find, it is the only Cortijo you find on your way up to the barrier. There are lovely cherry trees and the cortijo is on the left hand side just before a bend in the road.

Cortijo Simon o Cortijo del Noruego


We left our car there and got up to the acequia, which was filled with nice cold fresh spring water, making a beautiful noise on her way down to Pitres.

We followed the acequia and enjoyed the vast views over Tablones, the Presa de Rules and the Sierra de Tejeda and Almijara. We discovered some butterflies and small flowers.

Florecillas

We continued our walk to Cortijo Piedras Blancas. There we found this old chimney still standing strong.

Old chimney near Cortijo Piedras Blancas


We crossed the dirt track to the Cortijo Piedras Blancas and continued for a while spotting the Loma Pua pipelines and a little later the Mulhacen discovered herself to us, in the midst of a small pineforest.

Mulhacen


We then had to return and got onto the dirt track. There we discovered some lazy lizzards who were obviously taking advantage of the first sunshine of the year and some small birds.

Lazy lizards

We really enjoyed our stroll in the countryside and hope to do some more excursions this year.
On our way down we saw a huge lizard, some 75cm on the track going down to Capileira. Really a very interesting excursion this was.




Thursday

Spring in the Alpujarras

We just want to share with you all these pictures of these hungry sheep and one goat we met this week walking from Bubion to Capileira. They really are enjoying the fresh grass after the rains and the snow and they even don't bother to lift their heads as the notice somebody very nearby: eat, eat and eat! This year you will be received by an extremely green Alpujarra if you have the chance to come over and visit us.

Sheep Alpujarra 2017 near Capileira 1

Sheep Alpujarra 2017 near Capileira 2

Sheep Alpujarra 2017 near Capileira 3

Sheep Alpujarra 2017 near Capileira 4

Sheep Alpujarra near Capileira 5 2017

Goat Alpujarra near Capileira 2017



Wednesday

Do you like to take your MTB into the Sierra Nevada?



This year the Vuelta de España, Spains own bike tour ended one day above Capileira. Thanks to this event now the road is paved with asphalt just two km above Capileira, until the ruins.

Just because of the event, interest in cycling has increased and last sunday we were able to make these beautiful pictures of horses, cyclists and hikers enjoying the september sunshine.

Horses near the acequia alta
The land is very dry, we urgently need some rain!


Enjoying going downhill

This group of cyclists got up from Granada, passed Veleta and Mulhacen and are here on their way down to Capileira, to return over Lanjarón to Granada

Cyclists near Puerto Molina 2400m

Repairing the bike in la Hoya del Portillo at 2150m

Might you need something to fix your bike or other indumentary: In Orgiva there is a shop called Sierra Nevada Outdoor. They sell bikes of the makes Scott and Mondraker and have spares, clothes and shoes.
The phonenumber is 958-784111 and they also speak English.

Veleta and the signposting of the path to the Refugio Poquiera

Many walkers enjoyed going up from the Hoya del Portillo just to Puerto Molina, where you have lovely views onto the mountains and the mediterranean sea (if the weather is clear).

Going up to Puerto Molina
Information panels Puerto Molina

Perfect camouflage





Sunday

Dirt track from Capileira into the Sierra Nevada fixed

In June this year loads and loads of red earth was deposited on the old asphalt in order to fix the potholes.
Now you can enjoy going to the Hoya del Portillo, at some 11 km from Capileira, altitude 2150m, without breaking your dashpot!

Here some photos we made in june when walking next to the Acequia alta.

Cortijo Simón, above Capileira  


This cortijo has the highest cherry trees in Europe, I think. This year the harvest will be scarce since the trees got a lot of frost when blossoming.

Acequia Alta 


This year no worries about water in the Alpujarras, since there was a lot of snow this spring.

View onto Veleta and Mulhacen from the Acequia Alta
This year there is still lots of snow on top of Veleta. in august, which is extraordinary for this time of the year.

You want to come over and enjoy this beautiful landscape?
Please have a look at our holiday rentals Casa de la Luz in Bubión and Casa Launa in Pitres.

Wednesday

New video Bubión, Capileira and Pampaneira

Please enjoy this new video made by VirtualTravelProds!



The video is about Bubión, Capileira and Pampaneira and the Sierra Nevada.

Sunday

Public Transport in the Alpujarras

Three times a day the public transport company Alsa maintains a connection to and from Grenada.
For further information you can look on www.alsa.es 

The time table from Granada to Trevelez is as following:



GRANADA
10:00
 12:00 
16:30
ARMILLA

12:15
16:45
ALHENDIN

12:25
16:55
PADUL

12.38
17:08 e
DURCAL
10:30
12:45
17:15
TALARA
10:45


BEZNAR
10:50


VENTA ANGUSTIAS
10:55
12:50
17:20
LANJARON
11:00
13:00
17:30
ORGIVA
11:30
13:15
18:00
CARATAUNAS
11:40 e
13:40
18:10
SOPORTUJAR
11:50 e
13:50 e
18:20 e
PAMPANEIRA
12:05
14:05
18:35
BUBION
12:20
14:20
18:50
CAPILEIRA
12:25
14:25
18:55
PITRES
12:45
14:45
19:15
PORTUGOS
12:52 e
14:50
19:20
BUSQUISTAR
13:00 e
14:55
19.25
CORTIJO SABUCO
13:05
15:05
19:35
TREVELEZ
13:15
15:15
19:45

e: means that the bus stops on the main road and does not enter the village.

TREVELEZ
6:15
16:00 
17:30
CORTIJO SABUCO
6:25
16:10
17:40
BUSQUISTAR
6:30
16:15 e
17:45
PORTUGOS
6:35
16:23 e
17:50
PITRES
6:45
16:30
18:00
CAPILEIRA
7:00
16:45
18:15
BUBION
7:05
16:50
18:20
PAMPANEIRA
7:15
17:00
18:30
SOPORTUJAR
7:30
17:15e
18:45
CARATAUNAS
7:35
17:20 e
18:50
ORGIVA
8:15
17:30
19:30
LANJARON
8:20
17:45
19:45
VENTA ANGUSTIAS
8:35

20:00
DURCAL (E)
8:40

20:15
MARCHENA
8.45

20:19
PADUL (E)
8:50

                   20:16
ALHENDIN
9:00

20:25
ARMILLA
9:10

20:35
GRANADA
9:25
18:45
20:50

Wednesday

Visit Sierra Nevada National Park

Summer is coming up again and this is the ideal time to go and see the spring in the Sierra Nevada, the biggest national park of Spain. The Sierra Nevada mountainrange is some 80 km long and 15 till 30 km wide.
From Capileira (75 km distance from Granada-city) there are buses going up to 2700 m to the Mirador the Trevelez or Alto del Chorillo area. From here the climb to the Mulhacen takes you (depending on experience and condition) some 2,5 till 3 hours.
Be prepared though for any type of weather, so always take good walking boots for the rugged terrain, a windjack, loads of suncream, because the AV-radiation on many days is nearly 10 and of course water and food.
Sierra Nevada mountains and Veleta 3392m

More information 

The Sierra Nevada Nature Area, comprising its National Park and Nature Park, is an impressive, compact mountain range which boasts the highest peak on the Iberian Peninsula: Mulhacén (3,482 metres). It forms part of the Penibetic range, which stretches from the south-eastern part of Granada province to the western borders of Almería. Due to the great variety of its landscapes and the uniqueness of its natural features, Sierra Nevada is included in several different categories of protection. Apart from being a Nature Park and National Park, it is also an internationally recognised Biosphere Reserve.

Thanks to its altitude range and climate, it is home to a large number of plants which have adapted very specifically to the harsh conditions found there. On the higher peaks, like Veleta (3392m) and Tajo de los Machos, unique species such as the Sierra Nevada violet and plantago nivalis (known locally as "estrella de las nieves" - snowstar) can be found growing beneath overhanging rocks and in cracks in the rock faces.

Estrella de las Nieves or "Star of the Snows", Lat:Plantago Nivalis
At this altitude there are also beautiful glacial valleys such as Siete Lagunas. In the mid-mountain area, the landscape is dominated by deciduous woodland with Pyrenean oaks, maples, wild cherry and chestnut trees. This woodland alters the appearance of the landscape from one season to another: in autumn the trees begin to shed their leaves, producing an overall golden brown colour; but when the new shoots bud in spring the mountainside is flooded by deep tones of green. At lower altitudes there are holm oak groves like those at Montenegro and the watercourses are flanked by riverine forests.

Mulhacen, april 2012
This great variety in plant life and climate has contributed to the area's wealth of animal species. In the higher regions, alpine accentors, blue rock thrushes and red-billed choughs can be seen in flight. If you wait quietly, a dipper, an oropendola or a brightly coloured kingfisher may just appear among the shadows of the riverine woodland. A golden eagle could also make an appearance at any time.


The woodland and thick scrubland supports a large community of mammals, including wild boar, foxes, badgers and genet cats. From the Dílar River Valley and Poqueira Gorge you can see mountain goats, a species very common in these mountains, climbing up the slopes and walking along the rocky peaks. The invertebrate population is also very representative, many species being unique to this environment. There are over twenty species of butterfly and more than thirty types of beetle.

endemic beetle of Sierra Nevada: baetica ustulata

This area was occupied by Tartessians, Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, but it was unquestionably the Moors who left the greatest legacy. Their influence can still be seen today in local architecture and in irrigation systems known as "acequias". The villages of the Alpujarras are of great architectural interest, with their white houses clinging to the mountainside, their small windows, flat roofs and narrow chimneys, not to mention the characteristic porches, "tinaos", which span the streets from one side to another.

Those interested in skiing, mountaineering, fishing or walking will find this the perfect place to spend their holidays.
Information from the Junta de Andalucia website

Reservation of a seat in the buses leaving from Capileira: 958-763090 or mobile phone: 671564406
More information about Sierra Nevada National Park:
Ministry of Environment
Junta de Andalucia

Accomodation in the Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada Natural Park
Casa de la Luz Bubión, capacity up to 4 people
Casa Launa, Pitres, capacity up to 6 people
Livingroom Casa Launa, Pitres
Casa Milagro Bubión, capacity up to 6 people
Casa Capilerilla Pitres, capacity up to 6 people with private pool
Casa el Niño Bubión, capacity up to 9 people