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Make a holiday cottage in Castril your home away from home

Cottages in Castril are in a landscape of mountains, waterfalls, caves, gorges and traditional whitewashed villages. It’s an authentic rural location, where donkeys and herds of goats roam the hills and where local culture and celebrations are preserved. Castril cottages suit those with an adventurous spirit, as the range of outdoor recreation on offer here is extensive. For a unique vacation, many holiday homes in Castril are set in caves, decked out with domestic appliances and furniture. In a region with big differences between winter and summer temperatures, underground dwellings are warm in winter but stay cool when things heat up outside. 

Things to do

-Nature: The dramatic topography means there’s lots of interesting things to see close by. The Río Castril that runs past the town has a gorge that can be explored via a special walkway. Deep in the Seca Mountain range are majestic caves like the Cueva del Muerto, notable for impressive geological formations like stalactites and stalagmites. 

-Recreation: This an ideal setting for active tourism, as well as more unusual pursuits like speleology thanks to the many underground cavities in the area. More conventional activities on offer include kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, 4x4 trips, mountain biking, climbing and of course, trekking, with a large network of trails snaking through the natural park to the north.

 

-Local sights: Castril has some fascinating heritage, but is also a very attractive town in the way it adapts to the precariousness of its landscape. From the El Cantón viewpoint in the town there are absolutely dazzling vistas of this mountainous setting, and the same goes for the other lookout, the Peña del Sagrado Corazón. Man-made sights to seek out include the original Moorish defensive walls and Church of Santa Maria from the 1500s.

-Local handicrafts: Castril has been an important centre for glassmaking for several centuries. Although this industry has been scaled back over the last century it’s still possible to buy locally produced glassware made in a time-honoured manner. There’s also a preserved former glassmaking factory to visit, which shut down just over a century ago.

-Food and drink: In this unpretentious town it’s possible to sample authentic, rural Andalucian cuisine, which is delicious and relies almost entirely on locally sourced produce like garlic, olive oil, almonds and a variety of meats. Trout is also a staple as the Castril River has an abundance, while partridge and rabbit are recommended for more adventurous palates.

Weather in Castril

Castril holiday homes are in an elevated setting, where summers are hot and winters can be decidedly cold. Daily temperatures climb into the mid-30s from June to September, and in this season rain can be quite scarce. Things cool down quite dramatically towards the end of the year though, and by December the peaks to the north tend to be capped with snow. In Castril temperatures get up to around 10°C on normal winter days, but there is occasional snowfall.

Travel to Castril

The closest international airport to Castril holiday rentals is Federico Gárcia Lorca (GRX) just outside Granada. It’s a destination with a couple of links to the UK, only via London. As Castril is in a remote mountain setting, use of a car is a good idea. It’s some distance from the town to the nearest train station. Heading here from the airport in Granada visitors can take the A-92, which becomes the A-92N after Guadix. At Baza there’s a junction for the A-4200, which runs up to Castril. In all the drive takes around two hours.

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                                                                                                      Castril Holiday Cottages & Apartments (86)

                                                                                                       

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                                                                                                      Love it, love it love it!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      This is our first inland Spain experience and I can honestly say that it has opened my eyes to a completely new way of holidaying. The cave house is fantastically cool if you want to escape the midday sun or if you prefer to bake in the sun as I do then the lovely pool area offers space, scenery and a whole lot of quiet (until the kids descended). We had originally booked for just myself and my husband for a 2 week get away however the place really lends itself to kids and so invited our friend with her 2 out to join us, they had an amazing time. The great thing about Cueva Rambla is that the price you pay is for the duration of your stay in the property, not per person per night like some places which for me is a big plus. The cave sleeps 6 comfortably and has everything you could need. If I could sum it up in a few words I'd say it's cool, cosy and very comfortable. The village of Cortes has everything you need, bars, restaurants, bakery, petrol station, 2 supermarkets and a whole load of fantastically friendly locals. It's small and sleepy but I just love it here. As well as its absolulty fantastic charm it is also perfectly located to enable you to explore the region. We have visited Lake Negratin (which is stunning), Caniles for its weekly market, Guadix for its cathedral, Castle and cave houses and made a return trip to Granada (a place we love) however Baza is the nearest big town and again it offers everything you need. It is also a very pretty town which we hope to return to as soon as we can. The owners of the cave, Barry and Helen provided us with so much helpful information upon booking, directions, things to do and plenty of helpful information about the cave itself. They are also always on hand by e-mail or phone if you need anything further. If you need any assistance whilst at the cave Mario is also on hand to help (not that we needed any) but it's nice to know someone is local if you have any problems. All in all I say with complete honesty that I have thoroughly enjoyed this holiday and our experience of cave living and will certainly be doing it again. Whilst it has been fantastic there is one niggle, the flies, there are a lot of them where ever you go but we got some replant from a store in Baza which worked a treat, there is also a good stash of fly spray in the cave. If you want something unique, different and traditional then give this place a go, I love it and so will you.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                                                      Wonderful cave with a beautiful view

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The cave was just as described; well-equipped, very clean and a delight to walk into. Everything worked, beds were comfortable and it was a real treat to sleep in a dark and silent place. Cave is easy to find and, very handily, a short walk for the local bar / restaurant. We could virtually guide ourselves back by the light of the stars. Welcoming and friendly hosts and we were particularly taken with the lovely Sparkle and Felix. We did leave them for others to enjoy, though. Would highly recommend as a place to stay. Thank you.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 08, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017