Pampaneira, Bubión, and Capileira are all located at a ravine (the Porqueira gorge) which made the area rather inaccessible. Pampaneira has been included in many of the lists that local Spanish newspapers put together with the prettiest villages in Spain. We have our own list, and as you have rightly guessed, Pampaneira is in our list too!
There are a good number of reasons why Pampaneira is today amongst the top tourist attractions in Granada and Andalucía.
Pampeneira is nested in the mountain and it offers fantastic views of both the valley below and the mountain peaks above.
As you will read when we cover the history of Pampaneira, the initial settlers were Berbers that left the city of Granada when the city was conquered. The Berbers used to occupy the beautiful Albaicin district in Granada, with narrow white streets and amazing views over the Alhambra Palace. The Berbers made use of the same architecture when they developed Pampaneira they used similar white houses with flat roofs chimneys and narrow streets where white arches locally known as tinaos. The streets are covered with flowers that offer a beautiful contrast with the white walls.
The area near Pampaneira offers fantastic hiking opportunities. The trail between Pampaneira and Capileira is just 2 kilometers apart is one of the most frequently used hiking trails. But there are many more trails where you will be able to enjoy the Poquiera Gorge area and its ravines, waterfalls, and bridges.
Top sights in Pampaneira
The most important sights in Pampaneira include the church of Santa Cruz and la Plaza de la Libertad Freedom square. The church is of Mudejar style and dates back to the 16th century. The square is where you will find most action in Pampaneira and shops, bars and restaurants gathered there. We love two items near the square. One is the old laundry house, overlooking the church, which perfectly illustrates the hard work and life of ancient days. Right next to the church.
Most visitors will arrive to Pampaneira in spring or summer and get a wrong impression about the area. Winters are very cold here, and despite the blue skies, traditional local gastronomy has consisted of warm hearty dishes. The Alpujarras platter is a potato dish with vegetables and sausages which is perfect for a long hiking day.
Tours to Pampaneira
If you stay in Granada and would like to visit the area of Las Alpujarras and Pampaneira just in one day you may want to consider joining an organized tour instead of driving. If you have more than one day our recommendation is to book a car and drive to las Alpujarras to be able to enjoy different villages, get to Lanjaron, Trevelez, famous for its Iberian hams. But if you have just one day to dedicate to the area of Las Alpujarras during your trip itinerary in Granada, then a day tour is probably the best option. You can find two interesting options below.