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Holiday Berber House in Capileira -Beautiful Views of the Poqueira gorge bellow

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Holiday House in Capileira, High Alpujarras, Andalucia -

Casa de Josefa is a traditional but spacious Berber style house just below the picturesque church in Capileira, nestling in the heart of the friendly local community. Its large lounge and open fire make a comfortable place to relax in the evenings. From its roof terrace and lounge there are stunning views across the Poqueira valley, up to the high Sierra mountains, snow-covered for much of the year, down to the Mediterranean coast. The many walkers, who use Capileira as their base, contribute to the lively atmosphere of the town. From the front door you can walk down to the next village (Bubion) for coffee; or down to the Poqueira river (1 hour) or across the valley and up into the mountains. A walker's paradise. For those on wheels a short drive up to the entrance to the National Park will reward you with views of the Mediterranean and even the African coastline and mountains on a clear day. There are plenty of activities, including mountain biking, horse riding, Flamenco courses, climbing , art classes...

Property Manager
Elena & Thierry
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian
Calendar last updated:
21 May, 2018

About Elena & Thierry

We are Elena and Thierry.

Elena is Spanish-Italian and Thierry is Belgian.

We are enthusiasts of the mountain and the journeys, especially those by bicycle. It was during an exploratory climbing expedition of the sites in Andalusia in 2006 that we visited the Alpujarra and its three Berber villages perched on the south side of the Sierra Nevada. It took just one day to realise that Capileira was going to become our pied-à-terre. We have been settled here since enjoying a happy and peaceful life with our 2 children, and our dog.

Elena & Thierry purchased this house in 2014

Why Elena & Thierry chose Capileira

We went climbing in Capileira site and fell in love with the kindness of the people, the village with its traditional Berber houses and the crystal clear atmosphere to breath at this elevation of over 1500 metres.

What makes this house unique

Casa de Josefa (which took its name from the Canadian lady who renovated it) is ideally situated in the village, with good access to the car park, the shops and main square, yet occupying a quiet area in the streets just below the church. Capileira is a wonderful base - cooler in the summer than lower down the mountains or at the coast. Yet the Mediterranean beaches or the exciting city of Granada can be easily reached in an hour by car.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a fabulous time and we keep very fond memories of our time in your house. Hope to return one day.

Isabelle May 2012

Our trip to your house in Capileira was thoroughly enjoyable. Capileira was a great base; couldn't believe how many small supermercados, bakeries and bars there were for such a small place. The house was much larger than we were expecting. Lovely to have the french windows, balcony and roof terrace, watching car lights slowly weaving their way down the opposite hillside at night to various Cortijo and the local cat population snoozing on roofs below.

Fiona 3 Nov 2013

We couldn't have predicted how enjoyable the stay in Casa da Josefa was going to be. The house is full of character yet provides you with everything you need. The moments on the roof terrace were incredibly peaceful after a day of walking, particularly with a glass of sherry in one hand and book in the other. Capileira provides you with everything you may wish for, including a gourmet restaurant with very affordable prices.

Steven & Linda - 20th Decembre 2014
Feb 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Capileira in La Taha

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:30 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • rural
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Characterful bathroom with open shower, ceramic wash basin and wc.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Large Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , The larger one looks over the valley
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Max 4 (Two bedrooms ) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 : 1 double bed (160cmx200cm) Bedroom 2 : 2 single bed (80cmx200cm) ON REQUEST : we transform them in 1 single bed (160cmx200cm) Bedroom 1, the largest, looks over the valley Bedroom 2 contains a windows looking out on to the lane running down the side of the house.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
Notes on accommodation: Well behaved animals are very welcome at Casa de Josefa. Outside: From the lounge, stairs ascend to a spacious roof terrace overlooking the spectacular valley scenery and with views up to the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains. Many of our visitors find this a magical place to rest early in the morning and in the evenings. Although the terrace is not suitable for unaccompanied young children, access to it can be securely locked. Furniture, including table, chairs and a parasol, is provided for the terrace. Utility Room: The utility room houses the cleaning equipment for the house, the hot water cylinder and spare gas bottles. Gas bottles supply three gas heaters and the oven. There is an open fire and electric heaters for the winter months. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen and towels are provided. We look after the house and can help with any problems during your stay, including supplying wood or fresh gas bottles at standard rates. Other: A cosy studio with many books is leading down to the bedrooms. Windows open out from the lounge to a balcony overlooking the dramatic Poqueira valley with spectacular views of the bird life including eagles and buzzards soaring in the afternoon brease


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Holiday Berber House in Capileira -Beautiful Views of the Poqueira gorge bellow
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 25 reviews

You Will Struggle to Find Better!

  • 5 of 5

Spotlessly clean, spacious & airy, very well equipped, superb location, breathtaking views from the windows (but especially the roof-terrace.....), great communication & information provided, nothing negative to report, fabulous property for a holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tim, Thanks for your review. It was a pleasure to make your vacation enjoyable. We hope that you will come back to visit us for your next vacation. A lot more to discover still waiting for you. With our best wishes, Elena&Thierry
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Cork City, Ireland

Lots of character

  • 5 of 5

Casa Josefa is very conveniently located near local amenities, but also very quiet and peaceful. There are beautiful views across the valley, especially from the roof terrace, which is also a great place to spend your siesta (weather permitting).

There are many good waymarked walking routes nearby, with beautiful sceneries - and ascents that really get your heart rate up!

The house is as comfortable as a centuries old Berber house can be - it had been very cold and windy, so it took us a while to get it warmed up. On the other hand, I would imagine it stays nice and cool during hot summers.

Elena and Thierry are very sympathetic, helpful hosts. It was easy to communicate with them and they really made us feel welcome.

We loved our holiday here and hope to be able to visit again soon.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Traditional Berber house with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

We loved Cas Josefa - even better than the photographs!

Tucked away in a quite part of the village, clean, we'll equip the and perfect for a walking holiday in Las Alpujarras. Would not hesitate to give a 5 star rating and will definitely be planning a return trip.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Derbyshire, England

Really great place to stay in Capileira!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Elenas and Thierry lovely Berber house. It is extremely clean and feels very homely. The furnishings are good quality and you are provided with everything you could possibly need. The views from the lounge windows are wonderful of the magnificent Poqueiro valley. Although the village is lively at the weekends the position of this house, situated on the side of the gorge, provides a real haven of peace, with constant birdsong and the tinkleing bells of goatherds. It's a great spot for walkers as you can set straight off from the house on the magnificent walks. The scenery is fabulous, the air fresh, spring flowers everywhere plus blue skies. What more could you want? This was our second visit to the magnificent Alpujarras. We will definitely be returning.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing Berber house in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful property, very convenient location in Capileira with easily accessible hiking. Stunning views over the Alpujarros mountains from the rooftop patio. Ideal for a family of 4. Comfortable lounge with wood burning stove. Very lucky to have found such a beautiful home. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jane, Thanks you very much for your comment. We love to know that you enjoyed casa Josefa and and the beautiful village of Capileira. We hope to see you here for your next holiday. Sincerely Elena & Thierry
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Beautiful house and view!

  • 5 of 5

What a place. The view is absolutely breathtaking. We stayed in several places over 3 months in Spain, all of them wonderful, but this house and view were my favourite. We were with our 2 young children (ages 3 and 5) and the house was great for them. The only thing was the rooftop terrace - it's not safe for young children to go up on their own. The town, Capileira, was great with lots of amenities. Parking was easy. There's a playground right next to the car park that the kids loved. We did many local walks from Capileira and in the area. Everyone in the family loved it. We hope to be back!

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Carly, Thanks you very much for your comment. We where pleased to know that everything was lovely for you and your family. Your kind appreciation of casa Josefa and his beautiful village are our reward . We hope to see you here for your next holiday. Sincerely Elena & Thierry
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Nearest Airport
145 Kilometres
Malaga- Pablo picasso Airport
Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Alacena - Pizzeria - La Tapa - El Tilo - El Atroje
Nearest Ferry
55 Kilometres
Puerto de Motril- Ferry to Melilla and Marroco
Nearest Golf
53 Kilometres
Los Moriscos Club de Golf - Motril
Nearest Train
75 Kilometres
Granada train station - Avd. de los Andaluces S/N
Nearest Motorway
37 Kilometres
E902 / A44 - Autopista Granada
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Restaurante La Pizzeria
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Estacion de Ski de Sierra Nevada
Nearest Beach
55 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Special interest holidays:

Painting courses are offered by Jaime Aviles, an local painter living in Capileira. The local scenery and the white houses provide an abundance of subjects to inspire you. There may be opportunities to join in with the local painting group in their excursions into the mountains.

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS NON-TOXIC INTAGLIO offered by Henrik Bøegh, are organized each year (see more details on his web site)

The opportunity to go horse riding or mountain biking locally as well as climbing in

a climbing area at 5’ walking from Casa de Josefa, with 5 sectors and more than 100 small routes well know by Thierry who can provides you with more information.

Flamenco dance classes as part of a relaxing holiday with Flamenco school 'La Fuente' offers you a unique experience.


The nearest beach that we like can be reached within an hour from the house - a distance of 50km. Once at the coast there are many beaches to explore, some relatively secluded mid-week or outside the peak months. We can supply more information at your request.


Malaga airport is 145km (2 hours), Almeria airport is 200km (2 hours) and Granada airport is 45km (1 hour). Car hire is available at the airports. Although public transport is available in the Alpujarras, a car is an asset if you would like to explore more of the region during your stay.


With a car you can explore Las Alpujarras on a circular drive (takes 3-4 hours). From Capileira you can reach Granada in an hour; Cordoba (2 hours) and Ronda (needs an overnight stop). The countryside on these trips is magical. Granada, in particular, rewards a day-trip to see the beautiful Alhambra palace and to enjoy the Moorish culinary delights in the old part of the city.

Further Details:

Capileira is the highest of the 3 beautiful white-housed towns of the Poqueira valley, dominated by the peak of Mulhacen in the high Sierra. It is a focal point for walking of all grades and, if preferred, a regular bus service takes visitors high up into the Sierra Nevada National Park from which they can reach the summit more easily.

Capileira and Bubion are unusual in the region in having a number of cafes and restaurants offering some exciting and exotic tastes, as well as more traditional fare of good quality, in a friendly and enjoyable atmosphere.

There is plenty of scope for activities in Las Alpujarras, from horse-riding to paragliding, climbing, hiking or Flamenco courses while those who like to rest can easily spend a day relaxing in the mountain air at swimming pool at Bubion and Pitres, about 15 minutes drive from Capileira. For any who dare four or six hour walks in the high mountains, from Capileira is possible to reach the Refugio Poqueria and next day the top of the Peninsula Iberica, the peak Mulhacen or follow the GR 7 walks. We can recommend several interesting venues for your stay on request.


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Fees No additional mandatory fees

After the confirmation of the reservation, no cancellations will be allowed.
In case of cancellation within 21 days before arrival, the remaining amount shall be payable by the customer.
The Payment of 25% deposit is non-refundable
Check-in hour: 4.00pm.
Check-out hour :12.00pm.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.