I read an article that said that the Castril river walk was one of the must do activities in the region, today we were off to test this bold claim !
As it turned out, the journey to Castril was worthy of a day out all on its own. The road leading out from Huescar was intermittently lined with avenues of trees.
Mountains loomed in the background and a couple of old moorish watchtowers sat prominently on hillsides.
Crossing a deep gorge we found ourselves driving past mile upon mile of olive groves.
Then slowly ascending, we were rewarded with the sight of the valley stretching out below us, dotted with more olive groves.
Finally, rounding a corner we got our first glimpse of Castril itself, certainly one of the prettiest villages we have seen to date.
Entering Castril we parked up and walked down the ‘Calle Rio’ road which we had been told was the starting point for the Castril river walk. It turned out that there was a car park at the end of the road, but as we planned on doing the entire circuit it made no real difference.
The Castril River Walk
Arriving at the river, we were greeted with a beautiful little weir in a picture perfect setting.
Shortly afterwards we entered a shady tree-lined park which continued on to a dramatic gorge.
Here a wooden walkway hugs the narrow gorge, through which the river Castril flows.
It was simply stunning and we had the place to ourselves.
Eventually we found ourselves down at river level and stopped to paddle in the refreshingly cool waters. Continuing on we crossed a small suspension bridge and entered a tunnel carved through the mountainside (just enough natural daylight to see your way), there was a viewpoint halfway through the tunnel giving another view of the river.
Exiting the tunnel we crossed a bridge and continued on to a restaurant and picnic area (closed as out of season).
Now that we were in the valley, the only way back to Castril was up, up, up. We walked up through a narrow track, passing groves of olives along the way.
There were an abundance of fruits and vegetables in the small land holdings we passed by. Reaching a set of steep steps we trudged up eventually arriving on the outskirts of the village.
Walking through the narrow streets we ended up at Cafe-bar Emilio. It had outdoor seating to accommodate all of us and looked across the village. From our vantage point we could see bright red peppers drying from the white washed house windows.
We spent a good hour just chilling, drinking, indulging in some great tapas and reflecting on the how much we had enjoyed our Castril river walk.
A successful and highly recommended day out.
So … Who are one foot in the cave ?
We (Danny and Josie) have spent the last 10 years living and working in the Caribbean. In 2015 we decided we wanted to move closer to family and friends so bought a cave house in the Granada region of Andalucia, Spain. We moved there full time in January 2017. Now we write about our experiences of cave living and how we are adapting to life in Spain.
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5 words related to this blog entry …
Mountain – La Montaña
Valley – El Valle
River – El Río
To go for a walk – Pasear
Red Peppers – Las Pimientos rojos