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We are lucky in that there are riding stables in Hinojares 10 minutes away. They offer anything from 1 hour to full day rides in the National Park on beautiful Andalucian horses. For more information see here

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For thrill seekers, test your skills and bravery to the max by canyoning down the Barranco el Rio Guadaletin at nearby Embalse de Bolera (20 minutes).  Climb, scramble, slide and swim your way through this spectacular gorge with nothing but nature (and your instructor) to guide you down the twists and turns of the cascading river. Various companies arrange this. See here for just one example.

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The area has fantastic hiking opportunities. You can take a short stroll around the village or head down the 6km waymarked trail to the village of Hinojares. Alternatively, for the more adventurous, Parque Natural Sierra de Castril see here and Parque Natural Sierra de Cazorlas, Seguras y Las Villas see here have endless hiking routes to follow. Details are on their web sites.

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For natural swimming, you can’t beat the clear waters of Lake Negratin 30 minutes away. There’s a great beach with excellent bar/restaurant at Freila or for a quieter spot head out to Lake Negratin from Cuevas del Campo. See here for Trip Advisor reviews.

An alternative during the summer holidays is to head to one of the excellent open air Municipal Pools. The ones at Pozo Alcon and Castril are great and have grassy areas, shade and a bar/restaurant. Families take a picnic and make a day of it.

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Head into the Parque Natural Sierras de Cazorla, Segural y Las Villas for a spot of wildlife watching or birding. Look out for mouflon, wild boar, Golden Eagle, Griffon Vulture…the list goes on….

  See here for further detail.

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During the summer months kayaks can be hired on both Embalse Bolera (15km) see here or Embalse Negratin (40km) see here

Places To Go

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The pretty whitewashed village of Castril is only 30 minutes from the house.

With its flower filled winding streets, traditional bars and spectacular gorge walk it’s a great place to spend a day.

See More Here

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The attractive & historic town of Cazorla an hour away is the main gateway to the Parque Natural from the west. With winding, steep and narrow cobbled streets, it’s a great place for a meander. Overlooking the town is the famous “Five Cornered Castle. Near Cazorla lies the pretty village of La Iruela with its impressive castle, amphitheatre and “El Chorro”, a huge rock circle with walls of over 100 metres drop.

The whole area is made for nature lovers. See here for more information

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The UNESCO World Heritage listed twin towns of Baeza and Úbeda in the Jaen region scupper any notion that there is little other than Moorish influences to the architectural interests of Andalucía.

These fabulous two towns guard a treasure trove of superb Christian Renaissance architecture and are a great place to get a bit of art and culture. See More Here

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Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the beautiful city of Granada is known for its wonderful examples of medieval architecture dating to the Moorish occupation.

The Alhambra Palace is the most famous of all. This sprawling hilltop fortress complex encompasses royal palaces, serene patios and reflecting pools from the Nasrid dynasty. See here for details. 1hr 40 minutes from the house, it’s worth the extra effort to get there for a day.

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The Altiplano de Granada region consists of a high plateau surrounded by spectacular mountains and dotted with historic villages and market towns.

A characteristic feature are the many cave houses – visitors are often amused and intrigued by the sight of chimneys protruding from grassy hillsides.

The villages of Galera, Castillejar, Cortes de Baza, Orce, Benamaurel are all great places to see cave houses. See More.

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What better way to immerse yourself in real Spain than to visit a local market?

There is one to be had every day of the week in the locality. Castril’s is on a Friday, Huescar’s on a Thursday and Pozo Alcon a Monday.

Markets are the very best place to buy your fruit and vegetables, or maybe try the Spanish speciality of Churros, a sugary sausage shaped doughnut delicacy…..dipped in chocolate!