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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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                                                                        Cottage #10014892
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                                                                                Cottage #10014961
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                                                                                                    Recent Reviews

                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                    Fantastic, quirky, cosy cave house!

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    We absolutely loved our stay in Cueva Rambla, it was an amazing experience. We were extremely comfortable and, even though we visited over new year, we still had warm enough days to enjoy the sunshine on the southfacing terrace and make use of the barbecue most afternoons. The views across to the snow covered mountains were amazing! The cave house is furnished with everything we needed. Locally the supermarket, various tapas bars, bakery etc provided the rest of our requirements without us needing to drive every day. Victors Bar was very hospitable....nice wines and tapas there to be recommended! Mario, our in-the-village-contact, was very pleasant and helpful too. Thank you Barry and Helen for all your useful directions and tips, very straightforward and uncomplicated. (no teenager needed...) We would definitely suggest that cave dwelling is a" must" to try- we certainly hope to go back to try it again. Best wishes from Sue and Steve (and Elsa and Bruno our bernese mountain dogs who loved it too.)
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Dec 2016