The area is full of natural beauty and real contrasts. We are surrounded by the mountain ranges of Sagra, Castril, Baza and Orce giving the area a flat plain in the centre. There are also 3 large reservoirs/lakes close by, El Negratin, El Portillo and El San Clemente. The wildlife is varied and the terrain (for those wanting activities) is as easy or challenging as you want to make it. There is truly something for everyone!
Los Carriones and Castillejar – General Information
Los Carriones is a small Spanish village in the municipality of Castillejar within the province of Granada. The town runs along the Guardal river and and the majority of dwellings are cave houses. Los Carriones celebrates its patron saint festivities on August 14 & 15 in honour of the Virgin of Lourdes.
Local Swimming Pool.
The small village has one of the best open public swimming pools in the area which is a few minutes drive away. Local pools are open late June to the end of August and can be a quiet and relaxing place to spend a couple of hours or a day, for as little as a couple of Euros. This particular pool is a large size, has a good cafe/bar and is beautifully designed with sun beds in the shade or full sun – your choice!
Emilio’s Restaurant and Bar
Only a two minute walk from Caves of Peace you have Emilio’s Restaurant and Bar. Emilio’s is one of the best places in the area to relax and unwind. It is a family run business with more than 30 years experience (and Emilio speaks good English which helps). With each drink you can enjoy a typical tapas as you sit and unwind or chat with friends. In the heat of the summer Emilio’s has a misting system to cool the air around the outdoor seating areas. It’s great to sit and feel the mist around you.
Bird of Prey Experience – http://www.theiasgems.com
Visit Cortijo Buho where you can fly owls as if you’re the falconer, see the meerkats, kookaburra, peacocks and meet a host of other animals. During your visit, Lawrence and Matilda will give you lots of information about their birds and make you smile as they tell you about the funny day to day happenings. Yes, owls have their own personality too which they love to show any visitor to their home. After your owl experience you can end your visit with a wonderful home cooked meal especially made by Matilda herself (most ingredients are grown in their own gardens).
Moroccan/Lebanese food experience.
We don’t think you can taste any better – the food is wonderful, varied and freshly cooked by Liron. You can enjoy a romantic meal or how about learning to cook with all the fresh ingredients available – Liron has so many recipes and handy tips to pass on. You will want to go back again and again.
Gorge Walk in Castril.
Within a 10 minute drive you have the wonderful and spectacular Gorge Walk of Castril. It is a walk that the whole family can enjoy. You will pass through beautiful natural landscapes as you walk along a wooden walkway which hugs the narrow gorge and over a suspension bridge which leads you to a natural tunnel. The full route is about 2.2km and the estimated time taken is about an hour. Apparently the walk takes on a different look at night as the pathways are lit up for a unusual experience.
Lake Negratin is one of Andalucias largest freshwater lakes and is absolutely stunning. The lake can be a lovely aquamarine, or cobalt blue, depending on the time of day and the sun’s location. The shores are often deserted and you feel that you are by your own private lake. On one side of the lake you have a lovely lakeside restaurant and a caravan/camping site and the opposite side you have the most stunning views from a little known viewing point. If you are in the area you must visit – you will be happy you did if only for the photo opportunities.
This route borders the area of Castillejar along the banks of the Guardal River. The walk is about 1500 meters and the route takes you through wonderful countryside and past the local cave dwellings. At the halfway point you can cross a wooden bridge and be rewarded with views across the town and one of the oldest neighbourhoods, San Marcos. Further on, the path takes you over another bridge which has information about other walking and cycling paths. From here you can see that the actual walk runs under the famous ‘Moreria” ancient caves which were dug into a vertical wall on the river.
This hotel is about 15 minutes drive away but is worth the visit. You can relax on the balcony which overlooks the village swimming pool and the cave homes that grow out of the rocks of Galera. Day or night you have beautiful sights.
The Ecomuseum of Castillejar is a space dedicated to the promotion and interpretation of the trades and customs typical of a characteristic and particular ecosystem such as the Castillejar area and its Badlan
This is just a taste of what you can find within minutes of Caves of Peace. If you find somewhere that you would like to share with others, please let us know and we will gladly add it to the list of interesting places. There is more to …….. – I need to tell you about BAZA and BENAMAUREL. Watch this space.