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Castril Walk - Town and River

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Castril Walk
Town and River
Granada, Andalucía, Spain

A lovely 1hr 30mins circular walk that must have it all. It includes a dramatic, deep gorge, a tunnel, olive groves, fantastic views from the highest point in the village of Castril and a stroll through its quaint streets.
(Easy with some steep parts).

The walk begins at the Visitors Centre which is located just off the main road 200mtrs outside the village of Castril. (See Map on how to reach Castril). Here you will find an interesting museum as well as tourist information.

Walk towards the town and turn along the main street. When you reach the bar with trees and tables in its patio, turn right down a steep road. Go past the school and wind down to the bottom. You can, if you wish, bring your car down to this point, where there is ample parking. (15/20 mins walk from Visitors Centre).

Walkway and Village
Cerrada de Castril

(c) Frank Murrell

Walkway and Castril


(c) Frank Murrell

Cerrada de Castril

You are now at the River Castril. Walk left into and through the tree-lined park - Parque de la Arboleda Perdida - and then along the riverside until you come to a gateway. Pass through the gateway and onto the wooden walkway which runs along the wall of a narrow gorge, known as the Cerrada de Castril. The views along this walkway are stunning.

Cross over the small metal suspension bridge and enter the tunnel. Walk carefully along the tunnel as, whilst it is perfectly safe, there is only just enough natural light to see your way. Two-thirds of the way along there is a viewpoint over the river - spectacular when the river is in full spate. On exiting the tunnel, walk to the steps and down to the iron bridge to cross the river.

Entering Tunnel
River Castril
Acequia

(c) Frank Murrell

Entering Tunnel

River Castril

(c) Frank Murrell

Acequia

Turn right alongside the river and left past the Alojamiento Rural "El Molino", where there is a picnic area and a garden in which there are a number of old pieces of milling machinery. Follow the narrow country road up through the olive groves, where everywhere there is the sound of running water from the old Moorish irrigation channels (acequias). Above you, through the trees on the left, you can see the white houses of the village.

Continue along this road. We were there on the first day of spring when fruit trees were coming into full blossom and the abundance of wild spring flowers were giving off their scent in the glorious warm sunshine. Idyllic!

Sping Flowers
Church Door
Sacred Heart

Spring Flowers

(c) Frank Murrell

Church Door

Sacred Heart

On reaching the village once more, follow the steep and picturesque streets in the direction of the small red "Urbano Castril" signs on the buildings. When you reach the church, go round past its impressive doorway, through the gate and to the steps which lead up to the top of the natural rock monument of the Peña del Sagrado Corazón (Rock of the Sacred Heart) . The way up is a mixture of steep stone steps and dirt track but the magnificent panoramic views from the top are well worth the effort.

Village from the Peña
El Portillo Dam from Peña

Village from the Peña

El Portillo Dam from the Peña

On descending, follow the arrows on the red signs back to a square and across to the Calle de Carmen. Continue through the pretty village streets and back to your vehicle.


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