Castril River Walk





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.

Castril river walk

Mountains loomed in the background and a couple of old moorish watchtowers sat prominently on hillsides.

Castril river walk

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

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.

 

 

Castril river walk

 

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.

Castril river walk

 

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.
We also have a Facebook page full of pictures, experiences and information that we have found useful along the way. If its your thing, you can also follow us on Instagram 🙂

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

 

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2 thoughts on “Castril River Walk

  1. Emily

    Hello,
    I found your blog through the forums at Andalucia.com and I think you are doing a great job! I am interested in buying a place in Spain, to renovate. I have seen so many negative forum posts, that seeing someone having even a small amount of success and happiness while doing it, gives a small amount of hope. I have a friend in Catalunya who I can stay with for a short time, and I am interested in that area, but research has shown that the area around Oviedo is pretty pleasant, and there is a place out there that I am interested in. I am a shareholder of Real Oviedo football club and would like to become ‘abonadora’.
    Your insight on the money trail is helping to plot my next moves. So, I will continue to pore through Milanuncios to see what else pops up on there and read the numerous blogs and forums for advice. Thanks so much! Em

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    1. Danny Post author

      Hi Emily, thanks for taking the time to write and I am pleased you are enjoying the blog. Wait for the next installment about our journey from the UK to Spain – we head off next week 🙂

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