Capileira is pretty, peaceful and easy-going, with an architecture dating back centuries to the time of the Moors. A population of about 800 people, mostly Spanish with a few expats, lives in a maze of narrow streets that wind down the eastern side of the Poqueira valley.
The local people are friendly and welcoming and Casa Luna is only a short walk from the centre of the village and its many restaurants, cafes and shops.
At an altitude of 1,432 metres Capileira is the highest of the three white villages in the Poqueira valley and is Spain’s second highest village.
There are spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada to the north and the Contraviesa mountains to the south. On a good day it’s possible to see Africa from just outside the village.
Capileira has a bank (Caja Granada) with ATM, two small supermarkets, two excellent bakeries, a traditional butcher’s shop, doctor’s surgery, pharmacy, internet cafe, art galleries, craft and souvenir shops, and market on Tuesdays.
Tourism is important to the local economy, but some still make a living from the land, farming goats and sheep or growing fruit.
The village becomes quite lively at fiesta time, with flamenco dancing and live music, religious processions, fireworks and other festivities.