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

Lagoons Lakes & Waterfalls La Mancha

A series of 16 lagoons / lakes and 50 waterfalls Along a river. If you cant find the waterfall you want here, it may not exist.

The 16 interconnected lakes which make up the Parque Natural de las Lagunas de Ruidera stretch for 20 km through a valley.

They allegedly take their time from a story in Don Quixote. Cervantes, in Don Quixote, says that there are seven of these small lakes; actually there are sixteen. You sense their presence even before you finally see them, after driving through some of the driest countryside in Spain.

This, indeed, is Don Quixote country — La Mancha, the sunbaked Arabic ‘wilderness’ whose heatwaves had a notoriously hallucinogenic effect on the wits. The road from Argamasilla de Alba to Ruidera  is lined with poplars and there are gentle undulations in the flat Manchegan landscape, announcing an imminent change of scenery.

Between the first lagoon, Blanca and that of Cenegal, there is a 120 metres drop, and the remaining lagoons form a chain and are connected via waterfalls, brooks, and underground currents. Las Lagunas de Ruidera are considered to be the source of the river Guadiana. They are supplied by the waters of underground aquifers and the river Pinilla. The main vegetation is made up of reeds, bulrushes, rushes, near the lagoons, and well as junipers and holm oaks. In their waters you can spot barbel, carp, pike and tortoises.

Click the image to see the full video of all the Waterfalls. It's spectacular

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