The village is located at 1436 meters above sea level and has 436 inhabitants (2013). Capileira is a beautiful town located in the Alpujarras and belongs to the National Park of Sierra Nevada. It is the second highest village in Andalusia, after Trévelez: Being close to the Mulhacen it is an excellent starting point for numerous mountain excursions 

Like other towns in the Alpujarra, Capileira has a great tradition and a particular culture that can be seen anywhere. In this village we can find all the typical products of the area and enjoy the lovely white washed houses and steep streets.


The typical chimneys of the Alpujarra (Capileira)
The typical chineys of the Alpujarra (Capileira)

Festivities in Capileira

  • On the 16th of January, in the evening, St. Anton is celebrated with campfires and drinks;
  • Their popular festivals areheld every year on the last Sunday of April and the second Sunday in August in honor of the Virgen de la Cabeza, patron of the town. On these celebrations several young people are dressed up with masks and costumes made of strips of colored cloths;
  • On the 5th of August the Virgen de las Nieves is celebrated. They walk from the village the whole way up to Mulhalcen in a procession.
View on Capileira
View on Capileira

Points of Interest in Capileira

  • Church Iglesia Parroquial de Ntra. Señora de la Cabeza (17th century) in baroque style.
  • Two public laundries below the springs "Hondera" and "La Pileta" which were in use until 1965.
  • Viewpoint "Mirador del perchel" just at the entrance of the village where you have a beautiful overview over the whole valley.
  • Bridge "Puente de Abuchite"
  • Natural Park Sierra Nevada.


The church of Capileira
The church of Capileira

Photo Gallery of Capileira

Basic Information Capileira

Capileira (36°57′41″N 3°21′31″O)

Altitude: 1436 meters

Population: 436 (2013)



Distance to Granada: 77 km

Distance to the beach: 52 km (Motril)

Distance to the Airport of Malaga: 146 km

Distance to the Airport of Granada: 90 km


Touristic level: low - medium - high

Authentic level: low -medium - high



  • Supermarkets: yes
  • Banks: yes
  • Restaurants: yes
  • Bars: yes

Location of Capileira

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The Weather in Capileira