Stay in the heart of rural Andalucia Spain. Our beautifully restored holiday cave home provides an unusual, and interesting family & child friendly self-catering accommodation . The cave sleeps up to six people and pets are also welcome.
Unusual Interesting Spanish holiday cave home rental.
Also available -Andalucian horse riding holiday adventure.
3 bedroomed Cave House (sleeps 6)
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Cave lounge room
Evening BBQ on the terrece
Immerse yourself in real Spain, miles from the usual tourist traps. Visit tiny white washed hillside villages and bustling historic market towns, enjoy delicious local produce, tapas at our local bar and a rural countryside where locals still tend their olive groves and almond trees by donkey.
With over 320 days of sunshine a year, the cave is right at the edge of Europe’s only desert. From wide open plains to lush pine tree lined valleys, this diverse countryside offers every type of holiday
Find out more about our Andalucian Riding Holiday Adventures, go mountain-biking, walking,
canoeing or simply relax by the BBQ and enjoy the view from your own private pool.
Rental periods - prices are in British Pounds (£)
Bedroom 1 with double bed
Bedroom 2 with twin beds
Bedroom 3 with twin beds
Bathroom with bath/shower over, wc,
2nd with shower basin and wc
Satellite Tv, Radio,DVD player, selection of DVD's. Wifi internet connection, LAN internet connection, selection of books and games.
Some older Towels supplied for pool use.
Bed linen supplied with additional bed linen for longer stays. Blankets for winter use.
Notes on accommodation
Owners speak English and Spanish and are happy to help should a problem arise. Wood burning stove for cooler winter evenings, wood, electricity and gas included.
We have available a satellite navigation system with all the local points of interst including resturants, bars, lakes, towns and activities.
Includes gardens, patio, barbecue, outdoor furniture, private swimming pool.
Horse riding on site.
Some of the local lakes have beaches, the closest only 10 mins away - we have four lakes locally the largest being 31 kilometres long, with pedelos for hire. We have infltable canoes available.
The cave home is on the outskirts of the pretty pueblo of Fuente Vera. It has a shop and a friendly bar which serves simple tapas with your drinks and stays open late.
The next main town is Castril de la Peña, ten minutes by car. It is a typical Spanish village, with white-washed houses, wrought iron balconies and mules walking through steep cobbled streets. It has a few shops and some great restaurants, cafés and bars. Castril’s main fiesta is The Bull Festival from the first to the second Sunday each October
The town is surrounded by stunning mountainous National Parks: including the Sierras de Castril, Segura and Cazorla. Nearby are many small market villages and towns including Los Isidoras, Fatima and Cortes de Baza. There are also fiur beautiful lakes perfect for swimming and water sports, and the Thermal Baths at Zujar.
The cave home is within an easy drive of the airports at Granada (1½ hrs) Murcia (2½ hrs) and Almeria (2 hrs). An airport pick up can be provided if required, but a car is essential if you wish to go sightseeing.
Within 15 mins drive, Is the stunning Sierra Castril natural park.
This spectacular lime stone mountainous region is in the north of Granada province, adjacent to Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park and Sierras Bética.
Designated a natural park in 1989, it has a dramatic landscape of gorges, cliffs and waterfalls with an altitude ranging from 900 metre to over 2000 metre. The stunning Río Castril flows through it.
A Bird Protection Area since 2002, the park is a bird-spotters’ paradise. There are Peregrine Falcons, Egyptian and Griffon Vultures nesting on the cliffs; Short-Toed, Golden and Booted Eagles in the lush woodland areas; and Gray Herons, Wagtails, Kingfishers and Dippers along the riverbanks.
In the water itself are otters and trout. Iberian Mountain Goats, Muflon, Wild Boar, Fallow Deer and Martens abound.
There have even been sightings of the threatened Iberian Lynx.
The multitude of springs, rivers and waterfalls supports many amphibians and reptiles including Painted Frogs, Southern Midwife Toads, Lataste's Vipers, Salamanders, Grass Snakes, and it is one of the only places where Spanish Algyroides (“Valverde's lizard ”) are found.
There are a beautiful variety of butterflies.
Cave's include Cueva del Muerto ( Cave of the Dead) with its superb stalagmites and stalactites and Cueva de Don Fernando, Granada's largest cave and the second biggest in Andalusia; 2½ km long and 241 metre deep at its lowest point with its remains of cave paintings.
Austrian Pines grow up to 40 metre on the peaks. Junipers and Holm Oaks are found on the lower slopes. Maples and Gall Oaks can be seen on the steep precipices, and Poplars (used for making furniture), Ash Trees and Willows grow along the river banks.
There are lush beds of lavender, rosemary and thyme, which give the local honey a delicious flavour.
More information about walks, flora, and fauna is available from the Castril Visitors Information Centre.
Castril is one six villages which make up the Huescar region in the Province of Granada and is about 150 kilometres from Granada City. The village is set at an altitude of 890 metres and has a population of 2,656. This idyllic countryside hamlet is situated on the edge of the Province of Jaen, bordering on the stunning natural park of Cazorla. Since 2001, Castril has been officially recognised as a place of historic interest. The steep, narrow cobbled streets, with the typical whitewashed houses are all part of the authentic Andalucian village life. Of particular interest in the general structure and decoration of the houses, is the use of Arabic tiles and wood. There are a few cafes, bars and restaurants, where you can sample the local wine and cooking at very reasonable prices.
The surrounding countryside is perfect for walking and cycling in the good company off fragrant almond trees and olive groves, to say nothing of the grazing goat herds and passing donkeys. There is a village market every Friday, when the place comes alive with visitors from all around. Unlike the busier coastal areas, very few people here speak English, making the experience more truly Andalucian. However, visitors are made welcome and there is a tourist centre with interesting information on the village, including a museum, a short video on Castril. There is also interesting information available on birds (such as vultures and eagles) and wildlife in the area. In summer the centre opens every day, but in winter it is only open from 12:00 - 14:00, from Thursday to Sunday.
Castril has very hot summers and cold nights in winter, especially when snow fall caps the mountains. The Sierra de Castril is very popular in summer for outdoor sports such as canoeing, etc on the Bolera, Portillo and San Clemente reservoirs. There is also caving, rock climbing, horse riding and mountain biking with hire direct fom us.
It is thought that the name Castril comes form the word 'castro' encampment - from the Roman times when they set up military camp there. Then when the Muslims took over, Castril it turned into a fortification. With the conquest of the Catholic Kings at the end of the 15th Century, it became a model example of a place where the three cultures; Muslim, Christian and Jewish peoples lived side by side. Later when the Moors were ousted, Hernando de Zafra took over the running of the village and was known as the Señor de Castril. In the 19th century there were important battle scenes there during the Napoleonic invasion. Many of the trees of its great forests were lost during the reign of Felipe II and up to the first half of the 20th century.
Mirador (Viewpoint) Peña del Sagrado Corazón
There is a wonderful viewpoint, the Peña del Sagrado Corazón, right in the heart of the village. The views from this and another point known as El Cantón are absolutely stunning of the breathtaking surrounding natural countryside.
The Glass Factory Building
The old glass factory is a memory of times gone by, dating back to the times of the Catholic Kings. This was sadly shut down at the beginning of the 20th century, but some of the products made there are kept on display at the Reception Centre of the Natural Park of the Sierra de Castril
The Church of Santa Maria
The Church of Santa Maria is one of the most interesting buildings in Castril. It was built around the middle of the 16th century as is clear by the presence of the Coat of Arms of the Cardenal Tavera of Toledo. The historic connections with Toledo and Salamanca are evident the structure of the building facade. Some damage was suffered by the church during the War of Independence. However there are remains of ramparts and towers from Arabic times, as well as part of a roman bridge which was built some two thousand years ago.
Although the feria (fair) of Castril is held during the hot month of August, it is the October festival that is best known and enjoyed by villagers and visitors alike. There is a week of celebrations, including the running of the bulls. Another festival worth seeing is the Romeria on the last Sunday of April, held in honour of the Virgen de la Cabeza.
Gastronomy in Castril
The people of this white Andalusian village enjoy simple, wholesome home cooking, which you can sample in one of the little bars or restaurants. You will find fresh fish dishes available, as well as many recipes with lamb and goat. There is also a good tradition of cooked meats and also delicious wild mushrooms. Olive oil, garlic and almonds are often included in the many natural ingredients in stews, salads and sweets.
Castril Tourist and Visitors Centre
Castril de la Peña
For booking and further information
Alan & Clare Baxter,
Tel 0034 958065022,