Walking:La Viñuela is at the heart of a vast network of trails both local and long distance, including the GR7 (more information), which borders the property, the GR 142 and the GR240 known as “Sulayr” or “sunny mountain” which goes all around the Sierra Nevada.
Along this superb long distance path you will discover the famous acequias (irrigation channels built by the Arabs), the aljibes (water reservoirs), the escarihuelas (stone steps zigzaging up the mountain), the old mills for grain or olives, the eras or threshing grounds and, in each village, the old fountain or wash house.
Choose walks of any length and at any level – whether a gentle butterfly-studded stroll at mid mountain level or a dramatic wild walk on the high mountain. Specialised guides are available (see Outdoors activities below).
Treks and Trails recommend La Viñuela as a base for walking in the Alpujarras and Sierra Nevada, and offer hiking tours on their website.
Butterflies and wild flowers: British Butterflies also recommend La Viñuela as an excellent base for wildlife enthusiasts.
Horse riding: There are two outstanding stables in the area which organise horse-riding treks.
Outdoor activities: Nevadensis are official mountain guides for the Sierra Nevada and run a very interesting, helpful Information Centre in Pampaneira (tel +34 958 763 127). They offer the following guided activities in the area:/p>
- high mountain excursions
- alpine and cross-country skiing
- guided walks at all levels
- flora and fauna guided walks
Mountain biking: Routes and riding packages can be arranged with Ciclomontana who are based nearby. For rent a BTT: www.alpijarrabikehire.com sited in Capileira.
Flamenco: courses and shows in Pitres and Capileira and of course in the Sacromonte in Granada, now renowned internationally for its dance and Flamenco festival in the summer.
Music: a wide range of musical activities are organised in la Taha de Pitres throughout the year, from choir singing to contemporary or classical concerts. A first class Jazz Festival is held every August in the nearby village of Busquistar.
Spa resort: The nearby town of Lanjarón offers a healing spa, tel (+34) 958 770 137.
Crafts: leatherwork, pottery, ceramics, jewellery and the famous locally wovened “jarapas” (rugs) and “esparto” baskets (woven from grass) can be seen and bought in local shops.