Why the owner chose Almanzar de Bubion
My husband, a professional artist, and I discovered Las Alpujarras in 1991 and we fell in love with it. That year we bought a wild hillside that felt like a bit of heaven on earth. We planned to set up a residential art school, but before we could realise our dream, my husband was taken ill and passed away within the year. In 1999 I decided to follow the dream. With a few changes in design and business plans, I built the house and a couple of years later I set up an estate agency in Orgiva, which gave me the opportunity to know the area well. That's how I spotted 'Almanzar de Bubión' and recognized its potential.
The main reason I chose this rather than any other village was that Bubión is the ideal place from which to discover the beauty of La Alpujarra and its higher villages (Alpujarra Alta) as well as those of La Taha of Pitres, namely Mecina, Mecinilla, Fondales, Ferreirola, Atalbeitar and Portugos, all sleeping villages, truly untouched by time. Being off the tourist bus route, Bubión is a place where you can be as active as you wish and as quiet as you want. Additionally, I felt it to be the prettiest and most tranquil of the historic white villages of the Poqueira Gorge, an Area of outstanding beauty. Climatically it’s the most desirable. Whereas Pampaneira enjoys only few hours of sunshine in the winter, the sun in Bubión is abundant. Capileira is sunny, but higher and a lot colder. Furthermore, Bubión has available all the facilities and all the amenities a holidaymaker needs, as well as some of the best restaurants and bars in the region. It also has a newly built public swimming pool complex. The villages of Pampaneira and Capileira are within walking distance, and the other villages of La Alpujarra can be easily reached by car. Trevélez, the highest inhabited village in Spain and famous for its hams (jamones de Trevélez) is at 20mns’ drive.
Bubión is also convenient for a day trip to the beaches of the port town of Motríl and the iconic coastal villages of Salobreña and Almuñecar or a day visit to Granada City, its famous Alhambra Palace (the most visited monument in Europe) and the gardens of the Generalife where the Festival Internacional de Música y Danza is held every year.
The drive past the northern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from Granada/Jaén’s airport of Federico García Lorca is dramatic, so is the coastal route from Málaga and Alemería’s airports.
Almanzar de Bubión is quite unique. Aptly called Almanzar (The View), it benefits from an ideal situation, at the edge of the village, within and without it at the same time. It is quiet yet not isolated. Unusually for a village house, it has 5.000m2 of agricultural land or finca at the front, allowing it extensive views of the Poqueira Valley with no buildings to interrupt them. The house has car access to the door for loading and unloading and there are free car parks nearby. Each independent flat has its own private entrance and its own balcony.
Guests are welcome to help themselves to the variety of fruits in season: grapes, apples, cherries, walnuts and figs.