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 The A to Z Of Rural Andalucia
.LAS ALPUJARRAS is shared by the Provinces of GRANADA and ALMERIA, and PAMPANEIRA is in GRANADA Province, reached by a winding road from ORGIVA, the administrative and economic capital of the area. The regional road continues into a ravine, Barranco del Poqueira, where, among green hillocks, you will locate the quaint village. It is an interesting village on mountain slopes where the Moors have left a rich, cultural legacy in the narrow streets, charming squares and houses built one over the other that draw traveller's attention.
LAS ALPUJARRAS offers the visitor a dense history with original town designs and singular colour. Continue on up to BUBION and lastly to CAPILEIRA where a track leads to the lookout at TREVELEZ and then to the VELETA peak.

CAPILEIRA is the highest and most northerly of the three villages in the gorge of the Poqueira river. It is about 1 km north of BUBION. The village has developed a significant tourist trade, acting as a center for walking and for accessing the mountains especially MULHACEN. The village has good facilities including a number of restaurants, street market and hotels, but retains typical Andalucian character and charm.

A track leads northwards from the village and after around one hour you reach to the abandoned settlement of LA CEBADILLA, built to house the workers who developed the hydro-electric installation at the upper end of the Poqueira Gorge. The houses in the village are uninhabited.

Edward FitzGerald "Gerald" Brenan was born on 7th April 1894 and was a British writer and Hispanist who spent much of his life in Spain. Best known for The Spanish Labyrinth, a historical work on the background to the Spanish Civil War, and for South from Granada: Seven Years in an Andalusian Village.

In 1919 he moved to Spain, and from 1920 he rented a house in the small village of YEGEN, in LAS ALPUJARRAS. He spent his time catching up on the education which he felt he had missed by not attending university, and in writing.

He was permitted to return to Spain in 1953 despite holding views which were critical of Franco’s regime. He spent most of the remainder of his life in Alhaurin el Grande, Malaga. In 1984 Brenan was moved in controversial circumstances to a nursing home in Pinner, but he returned to Spain after the authorities there made special arrangements to provide him with the nursing care on which he depended. At the time of his death, his body was donated to the Medicine Faculty of Málaga for medical research and later cremated; his ashes are buried in the English Cemetery, Malaga.

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