Village House in Capileira, La Alpujarra, Granada, Andalucia, Spain - Neatly hidden Beneath The Square, Near Shops, Café-bars, Restaurants, Fabulous Hiking Base.
Capileira is the most popular of all the captivating white villages of the high Alpujarra. Bars provide free tapas with drinks and wholesome, inexpensive meals are served at a number of restaurants. El Gato Negro (The Black Cat) has been home-from-home here for 15 years to couples and single travellers wanting to get to know or hike La Alpujarra and enjoy the comfort of a genuine village house. The original building, dating back to 1700, was completely and rustically restored in 2000. Built on one storey, with solid chestnut beams, a double living room and space to sit out in sun or shade, it has the charm of an old friend. The atmosphere is very relaxing, the furnishings are comfortable and it’s a great place to explore from. Trails along the spectacular gorge, down to the river or up into the Sierra Nevada mountains start from your doorstep. Good local facilities: café-bars and restaurants with terraces, bakeries and craft shops. The house has WiFi and a DVD for quiet nights in.
Top Traveller Review
A lovely cottage in a beautiful village.
About the Owner
I am an Englishman who made his home in Spain in the early nineties and here I still am. I've worked teaching, translating, helping to run a rural tourism agency and doing building work when all else failed.
Spain remains a great country to live in and I have always felt very much at home with these warm, easy-going people.
My sister followed me out to the village in 2002 and now looks after "Black Cat" cottage.
Having worked in rural tourism in Spain for over 12 years, I have a pretty good idea of what people want. Decent and honest service, a good place to stay and a special location. El Gato Negro isn't plush or luxurious: it's a very nice, well-kept, interesting and comfortable village house for about the same price as a hotel room. La Alpujarra doesn't need selling: come and find out.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We came to spend an relaxing weekend in the mountains. We spent a great time here. El Gato Negro is very nice and cosy cottage, people in the village friendly, food is tasty and viewings over the mountains and during our walks were picturesque. Thank you for a great romantic weekend... and we got engaged over here, therefore El Gato Negro will always remembered by us.
Libor & Adela (Czechoslovakia) May 2012
Had such a wonderful time here in Capileira and have thoroughly enjoyed the cottage, the perfect retreat from busy lives, wish it was mine! Did a bit of walking (not enough) & some horseriding up some steep hills and quite a bit of swimming, or rather sitting, in the river. There’s a great place just past Pampaneira by the power station where you can park & walk to a waterfall, the water is so refreshing on a hot day & the little waterfalls are like spa jets!
Caroline & Stephen (Cookham, UK) September -October 2013
4.4 based on 5 holidaymaker reviews
Charming original Alpujarran cottage
The cottage was delightful. It was just as the listing described and clean and well-maintained. We loved its uniqueness and always felt comfortable and secure. The owner was very helpful and gave lots of useful information before our stay, always answering our enquiries promptly and ensuring that we were met and shown around the property on arrival. We enjoyed the peace, the wonderful views and some memorable walks - and a couple of very good meals at La Tapa, just at the end of the street. We would definitely recommend this property.
A lovely cottage in a beautiful village.
We really enjoyed our stay at the black cat. It was comfortable, clean and very cosy. There was plenty of space with two sitting rooms, and a well equipped kitchen. Some of the furniture was light enough to take outside and sit in the shaded courtyard in front of the cottage. It was also very quiet, in a secluded corner of the sleepy little village. Communication was smooth, Guy gave a lot of information and Wendy met and welcomed us. The cottage was a good base for walking - there are several paths in Capileira and a car isn't needed but does give the freedom to explore further. And Capileira is so small, everything was within easy walking distance - parking, supermarket and restaurants. Heartily recommend.
El Gato Negro has proved to be perfect; cozy, comfortable, quiet and a great base for exploring the Alpujarras (mainly on foot!) We have had 7 days of great walking and seen a plethora of wildlife – wild boar & babies, red squirrel, lizards, Golden Oriole, Booted Eagles and a flock of Bee-Eaters – a wonder to behold. Capileira has everything one needs and the locals are friendly (as are the numerous dogs!) Thank you for your help and advice.
Brian & Moira (Hampshire, England)
cosy & romantic venue
Lovely little cottage tucked away in Capileira. Very cosy once the fire is roaring, and so rather romantic. Comfy, big bed was lovely! Village is fantastic, for a quiet break, and has lots of walks from the village. Lovely little bars and welcoming Spaniards. Had a lovely time walking in the cold yet sunny days, and snoozing in front of the fire after.
nice place to stay
We stayed at the Gato Negro in Capilleira at the end of May. We really liked the cottage - it was very cozy, thoughtfully equipped, and had lots of character. Very good value.
We would definitely recommend it as a place to stay and as a base for exploring the Alpujarras. The cottage is nice and quiet, but there are lots of nice restaurants and bars not far away, and some amazing walks in the surrounding area.
From the Owner
“It was the house I first lived in when I came to Capileira in 1995. At that time, I had no idea that I would stay in the village for nearly a decade or that it become the one place to which I would always return. It is here that I have good friendships in a village where you don't really need to lock your door and that's something money can't buy. The mountain world of the Alpujarra is spectacular and peaceful. I like the pure air, spring water in the fountains and chatting over a beer and tapa or two in the bars. I also like the fact that you get four marked seasons here, from log fires in winter to real summer heat. Further from the madding crowd impossible... It's only an hour from Granada or the coast, and the road up from Orgiva is good, yet the high villages remain a world apart.”
Activity and Interests
The Costa Tropical is one hour away by car. Salobreña beach, with sardine barbecues and plenty of facilities, is popular. Further along the coast just past La Herradura, is Cantarriján, a naturist beach. On a clear day you can see the Mediterranean Sea from the village.
Malaga Airport with most flights is exactly 2 hours by car. Granada Airport with BA from London City is 1 hr 30 mins. Almeria Airport 2 hrs 40 mins. Buses run from Granada bus station to Capileira, but only three a day — which makes car hire the preferred option, especially as it gives you the opportunity to explore the villages and mountains further east (with even more hiking trails), to get down to the coast for beaches, or visit Granada and the Alhambra.
Although nicely hidden away in the corne of a cul-de-sac, the house is close to the main square, which is where you will find shops, café-bars and restaurants with terraces, people chatting and children playing in the late afternoon. It's very relaxed. There are several more lovely old villages to visit by car or on foot. Historic Granada with the incomparable Alhambra Palaces is an hour and a quarter's drive.
Nearby are the bank, pharmacy, two bakeries, butcher's, little supermarkets, craft shops (inc. leather goods) and café-bars. The bank has an ATM and changes money. Well-trodden paths leading into the mountains or down to the river start less than a minute from the house. During the summer season a mini-bus takes visitors up and into the National Park and a large open-air swimming pool at Pitres campsite (10 mins by car) opens to non-campers. You can also drive up as far as the entrance to the National Park: simply leave the car and start walking! Excellent pottery and painting courses are available at a lovely old house in another village. Experienced English-speaking guides can be hired for day hikes.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Additional pricing information
Any day arrival and departure. Arrival preferred at 2 pm, or between 6 pm and 10 pm. Departure by 10 am. We always try to be flexible about these times.
Notes on prices:
One very nice price all year, includes free WiFi and heating (although not firewood) in winter. For the property for 2 people, per week, in euros. Any day start and finish.
Short lets are available at 65 euros per night.
Extra charge for a third person occupying the sofa bed: 40 euros per week or 10 euros per night.
The booking deposit is not returnable, but there are no other cancellation fees.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“The best thing about the 'Black Cat' apart from its winsome cottage atmosphere is its location: just below the village square but in the quiet corner of a traffic-free street. So you're nicely hidden away yet very close to paths out into the countryside, shopping, bars, restaurants, bakery, bank, parking. It's a genuine, traditional village house, at least 300 years old with big old chestnut beams and has plenty of space for two people. I renovated it in 2000. A significant advantage (for guests and myself) is that my sister looks after it so well. She also lives in the village and is always on hand if people need anything.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Hair Dryer
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room ...
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove ...
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Kitchen ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- children welcome
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- bird watching
- eco tourism
- horse riding
- scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses
- massage therapist
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- mountain biking
- mountain climbing
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- Bathroom with shower over full bathtub & WC. Hairdryer.
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
- Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 / 3 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One double-bedded room with walk-in wardrobe and shuttered skylight. A comfortable sofa bed in the front room sleeps one person (adult or child) at a supplement of 40 euros.
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Until guests begin to use the new Owners Direct reviews feature, you can see previous comments on the house's website www.alpujarra-granada.com Heating is provided with gas and electric heaters and all gas and electric is included in the rental price. The living room also has a very efficient, glass-fronted, woodburning stove (firewood not included, but available locally). Insulation in the roof and thick stone walls help keep the house cool in summer and warm during cooler months. Outside: The narrow, traffic-free street (except for a few goats) widens to form a broad, semi-private corner where the house is located. Guests often sit out here in the sun or the shade of the fresno tree. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and bedlinen included and changed weekly (although please bring own towels for beach/pool use). The house is freshly cleaned and prepared prior to arrival. Other: Living room with second sofa and armchair. Equipped with cast iron Hergom woodburning stove, radio. WiFi, TV and DVD player.