The Barranco de Poqueira (Poqueira Gorge) is home to three of Las Alpujarras’ most celebrated, and most visited, villages: Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira, respectively 14km, 18.5km and 20km northeast of Órgiva. Seen from a distance they resemble flecks of white paint flicked Jackson Pollock–style on the vertiginous green landscape. Up close, they’re textbook models of the steeply stacked white villages for which the Alpujarras are so famous.
The valley is also known for its handicrafts and you’ll find shops selling leather goods, woven rugs and tilework, all made according to age-old methods. You can also fill up on foodie treats such as locally produced ham, jam, cheese, honey, mushrooms and grapes.
For more active pursuits, hiking trails link the villages and most are perfectly doable in a day.