Natural monuments

Peña de Catril

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Peña de Castril, rising over stunning on the town, has been officially declared a Natural Monument in Andalucia. Part of its importance is that the village was first founded about 2,000 years ago at the foot of this rock. The joint evolution of natural elements, alongside humans, has meant that the village has grown and developed in full harmony with its natural surroundings.

From its viewpoint, more than one hundred meters above sea level, you can get excellent views of the mountains and valleys of Baza and Guadix. It is right next to the Cristo del Sagrado Corazon and the remains of an old Moorish castle. A little further down is a church that is the starting point of a small path that leads down to the deep canyon with steep vertical walls through which the Río Castril flows. On your walk you can enjoy the natural wealth of these surroundings.

Castril has a rich network of archaeological sites dating back to both Roman and Moorish times. Particularly fine examples are the Nasrid and Almohad remains found around the Castillo de la Peña. Visitors can take a tour of this unusual town made up of whitewashed houses, crossed by a system of irrigation canals and windmills, clear legacies of Arab culture. We also highly recommend visiting the Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles church.


Region: El Altiplano: Baza and Huescar
Municipality: Castril
Postcode: 18816
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