Flavours of Spain

Pampaneira


One of the larger villages in Las Alpujarras


Set high above the Poqueira Gorge on the southern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this was one of the more isolated and inaccessible areas of Spain. It was one of the last strongholds of the Moors in the C15th, before they were finally defeated by the Catholic Monarchs. The village still retains the typical Moorish architecture of the Alpujarra. 

At 1058m, there is only the small settlement of Capilliera and Bubion above it. Above and below, the ground falls away in terraces to the river valley.

Pampaneira and Capilliera

Pampaneira

Pampaneira

The tourist shops, chocolate factory and church are in the square in the centre of the village. There are bars, cafes and small shops scattered round the rest of the streets.

Pampaneira

Iglesia de Santa Cruz dates from the C16th and is a large rectangular building with plaster and brick walls and a small offset bell tower. Unfortunately it was locked.

Iglesia de Santa Cruz, Pampaneira

Iglesia de Santa Cruz, Pampaneira

There are small fountains scattered round the town.

Pampaneira

The Lavado or communal wash house is on a side street above the market place, but is no longer used.

Pampaneira Lavado

Pampaneira Lavado

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