Capileira (population 570) is the most popular of all the captivating white villages of the high Alpujarra. High up in the Sierra Nevada mountains, it is one of the top walking destinations in Spain. Easy-going yet impressive, with ancient dwellings in the high gorge, it is blessed with some 300 days of sun every year. Bars provide free tapas with drinks and wholesome, inexpensive meals are served at a number of restaurants.
El Gato Negro (The Black Cat) has been home-from-home here for 15 years to couples and single travellers wanting to get to know or hike La Alpujarra and enjoy the comfort of a genuine village house. The original building, dating back to 1700, was completely and rustically restored in 2000.
Built on one storey, with solid chestnut beams, a double living room and space to sit out in sun or shade, it has the charm of an old friend. The atmosphere is very relaxing, the furnishings are comfortable and it’s a great place to explore from.
Trails along the spectacular gorge, down to the river or up into the Sierra Nevada mountains start from your doorstep. Good local facilities—including bar terraces, bakeries and craft shops—now include a cybercafé. The house has a DVD player for quiet nights in.
A good sofa bed can sleep one person in the front room, which can be curtained-off from the kitchen (a supplement of 40 euros applies).
Find out more on El Gato Negro's website www.alpujarra-granada.com