Castril de la Peña is located at the foot of a rocky crag, in the north of the province of Granada, on the border with the province of Jaen and with the Parque Natural de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas. The Sierra de Castril, officially declared a natural park, has a spectacular cliff and many streams, caves and gorges. In the Sierra Seca you can see the Cueva del Muerto, full of stalactites and stalagmites, and the Cueva de Don Fernando, which is the deepest cave in the province. The Río Castril runs from north to south these, through canyons, waterfalls and caves.
The town centre has steep streets and uniform, low houses with white façades, cleverly adapted to the terrain. Its sights include the remains of Moorish walls and towers, the Peña del Sagrado Corazon and the Mirador El Canton, from where you can enjoy fantastic views.
For many years Castril has been famous for its glass crafts. The town has a festival for every season, the largest being in honour of the Virgen de los Dolores, officially of National Tourist Interest. It begins on the first weekend in October, and one of its highlights is the running of the bulls just like in Pamplona. Castril is linked to Fatima, Fuentes de Tubos, Almontaras, Fuentevera and Campo de Cebas.
Since 1997 Castril has had a strong tie to the Nobel Prize winner for Literature, José Saramago, who is linked romantically with a local lady called Pilar del Río. The town has dedicated its public library to this Portuguese writer and appointed him an honorary citizen.
Castril dates back to the time of the Punic domination of the region. The historian Tito Livio wrote that the Carthaginian general Amílcar Barca was defeated and killed here. The Romans were the first to use the cliff as protection for a military camp that later became the town.
During Arab times it became a fortified town and was called of Qastalla. From 1319 it was continually besieged by the Christians and changed hands several times until the final conquest in 1489 by the Catholic Monarchs. In 1490 the house of Zafra, headed by Don Hernando de Zafra, obtained the Lordship of Castril and repopulated the town after the expulsion of the Moors. At this time the houses, the church and the buildings that form the current municipality were built.
In the 19th century the town was burned down by Napoleonic troops and it was here that the battle of the Llano de los Tubos took place.
Typical dishes include Migas con Remojón, Maimones, noodles with hare or with partridge, buns with a rabbit filling and the many different stews made with trout from the Río Castril. Local specialities also include a variety of local meats (pork, rabbit, chicken) all known for their excellent quality.
Since ancient times Castril has been of great strategic value, especially in the Nasrid period when it controlled the Pasillo del Guadiana Menor. This was the route that joined the important cities of Baza and Guadix with other parts of [...]
This church dates back to the 16th century, although the choir and side chapel were added in the 19th century. It is built in Renaissance style, and the decoration on both the outside and inside is beautifully simple, with the [...]
This is both the Education Centre of the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Castril and the town’s Museum of Ethnography. The importance of the Río Castril river is the centrepiece of the centre’s tour, which is located near the [...]
This natural park is located within the municipality of Castril. The highlight of the park is its topography, shaped by limestone composition of the soil, the large amount of rainfall together and the influence of the wind. For these reasons [...]
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 [...]
This walking route is short, easy and spectacular. It is a walk that the whole family can enjoy. The path mainly runs along a wooden footbridge over the Río Castril, a suspension bridge and a tunnel. You will pass though [...]
This walk offers panoramic views of the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Castril as well as the Sierra del Pozo, Sierra de la Sagra and the Sierra de la Seca, the Castril river valley, the Portillo reservoir with the town of Castril in the background. The tour takes you through forests of black pine, broom and high mountain meadows where the griffon vulture can often be seen.
The program of the celebrations goes around the corridas following the traditional local style. Other outstanding events are the paellas, the parade of giants and cabezudos, the sport competitions and, of course, the night parties. The 7th of October is [...]