Canyoning in Castril Granada

The village of Castril de la Peña in the county of Granada has a beautiful river, Río Castril which is ideal for Canyoning, the sport of descending a river from it’s source. It varies in altitude from 800 to 2138 meters and is 12696 meters in length. The river has some of the most stunning countryside in Andalusia (Andalucía).

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The Sierra Castril Natural Park is to the South East of the Cazorla,Segura and Las Villas Natural park. It is a landscape carved by canyons, waterfalls, numerous peaks, grottos and galleries. Due to it’s rugged nature and climate give rise to ideal conditions for a wide and diverse flora and fauna.

Castril is a typical small Granadian town with stepped houses and steep streets. The centre of Castril is noted for the homogenous nature of it’s houses which are very much in harmony with the natural environment. They are not very tall, with white closed facades and both woodwork and arabic tiling are extensively used. The area is dedicated to agriculture, with the many olive and almond groves as well as large sheep farming community. It has a number of bars, restaurants, supermarkets and banks. It is the main market town for this region and is developing as a mountain tourist destination

Castril

Whirling Dervishes on stilts

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How to whirl downhill on a cobbled street and on stilts. Sounds impossible but in the fiestas of Anguiano a village in La Rioja they do it. The Danza de los Zancos is performed for the day of Patrona Santa María Magdalena 22nd of July. It is an old Spanish religious ritual dance.
The skill which is needed to perform this dance comes in that it takes place half a metre above ground, on 45 cm wooden stilts fastened on at the knees. It’s a tradition, passed on from generation to generation, which is known to date back to at least the early 17th century but is believed to have existed as long ago as pre-Christian times. Some say it owes its origins to the stilts which were once used to cross the area’s flooded and snowy terrain.

Free the horses (Saca las Yeguas)

This amazing spectacle happens on the 26th of June

The mares and foals are driven from the Doñana National park through Almonte in Huelva. The spectacle of seeing hundreds of mares (Yeguas) driven through the town and past the church, is breathtaking. The sound is also impressive.

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Across the river and along the beach

It looks more like the set of a Western in Mexico than a sleepy corner of Spain, when the wild Doñana horses are rounded up by modern day cowboys to take part in the famous El Rocío celebrations. This is “la saca de las yeguas”, the rounding up of mares. Its purpose is to count, disinfect, worm and brand the wild herd, as well as to remove foals to sell at market the following day.

The Rocio festival is in full swing by now. But that’s another story for another post. There are many spectacular points to view and film the horses.

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Human Towers

A castell is a human tower built traditionally in fiestas at many locations within Catalonia. At these fiestas, several “colles castelleres” or teams often succeed in building and sustain a tower’s structure for a certain length of time.

This video shows a perfect example click to play

Competition in the Bull Ring video

 

 

The tradition of building human towers originated in Valls, near the city of Tarragona, in the southern part of Catalonia towards the end of the 18th century. Later it developed a following in other regions of Catalonia even Majorca and, after prohibition under Franco, currently has become very popular in parts of Spain. However, the best and most skilled castellers are still found near Tarragona.

La Tomatina

La Tomatina is a long standing tradition in Spain. It takes place in the village of Bunol (Buñol) which is 30 miles west of the city of Valencia.

Infadels at the Tomatina

This video by the Infadels filmed for their track I can’t get enough shows just how crazy it is.

It takes place, on the last Wednesday of August, it is the largest and messiest tomato throwing spectacle in the world. 40’000 kilos of tomatoes, five articulated tipper trucks, 6 fire engines and 44’ooo crazy people.

The best attire is an old T-shirt, old shorts and eye goggles. T-shirts with bullseyes printed on them are not advised.

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Death deifying leap of the Spanish monk

From La Herradura
Why does he do it? How does he do it? When will he next do it?
I don’t know but it’s pretty impressive. The speed he climbs back up the rock face is as impressive as the dive.
But here’s a link to watch it.

Salto de Fraile

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