You need to hire a car and brush up on your Spanish as this is a largely undiscovered part of Spain to international tourism.
It is about half an hours drive (to) the Natural Park where you can do some spectacular mountain walks amongst the cliffs and crags with vultures and eagles overhead.
The pool in Castril (is) fabulous.
Peaceful hotel, good food, beautiful countryside, interesting and varied activities which work for children and adults.
The hotel is a long way off the road, but just keep on going down the track!
All the activities and breathtaking scenery you could want from an adventure holiday.
The astronomy evening was very special.
Stunning views, beautiful sunrises & sunsets, crystal clear night sky, amazing accommodation, great activities (kayaking , rock climbing, horse riding, milking a goat(!), making cheese and bread). Not forgetting Lola the dog who escorted my daughter and I on long rambles around the countryside.
Highlights are the source of the river where water gushes out of the rocks, steps cut into the side of a gorge rising to around 1,500m for spectacular views of the countryside.
The local village of Castril (is) only a short drive away, with a beautiful waterside walk and a stunning local swimming pool.
Lots of the activities were run by locals and the hotel itself could not be much more environmentally friendly!
Our hosts were intimately familiar with the language, locality, food, history and culture.
There is so much to do in this area.
The hotel itself (was) clean and comfortable with many unusual touches.
All the activities are booked with local companies and no commission is taken by the hotel.
Lots of family bonding time and both the children( age 14 and 11) said that they would be happy to do a similar holiday again.
Everything we did was through small family businesses.
I wanted my son to experience the outdoors, away from computer games and TV, and I was not disappointed!
The hotel is very beautiful and quite rural; very peaceful and good for local adventure type activities but don´t go expecting lively nightlife and shopping!
Really relaxing, slowing down and spending time together as a family. We also enjoyed the farm visit, kayaking, rafting and Castril, loved the bronze age site too!”
As the hotel is small we made friends with all the other guests and frequently did activities with them which made them all the more fun. The rafting was the most exciting activity we did and is not to be missed!
All activities were arranged for us so there was no stress.
Take your sense of adventure with you!
Best horse riding ever and the canyoning was great.
We loved the rafting trip. My 7 year old was buzzing from the excitement of jumping off rocks into the river and rafting down the small white water sections. The farm visit was excellent too
With waterfalls flowing into the deep gorge from a spring above, the views here were spectacular and a good contrast to the panoramic vistas you experience from the hotel.
Look forward to peace – it’s a wonderful region of Andalusia!
Canoeing on La Bolera reservoir; the people there were a massive help, the lake an amazing blue colour and the meal overlooking afterwards was really nice and very affordable.
We would recommend a vehicle to allow you to explore the area and make the most of all the available activities.
A real Spanish experience of local food & culture – Fantastic!
Amazing seeing Saturn and its moons as well as distant galaxies! We also loved all the wild swimming opportunities.
Accept that you will need to drive for sight-seeing/activities, often on unmade roads.
This part of Spain is rural and they don’t see a lot of English people, most people don’t speak English, but they are friendly and will try and help you where they can
Massive benefit to local tourist activity operators all run by local people.
Enjoy the wonderful environment and very friendly atmosphere.
A fantastic retreat – exceptional hospitality in an incredibly beautiful place.
We brought additional tourism to the area which seemed somewhat of a novelty in this part of Spain, refreshingly.
All activities were arranged for us so there was no stress.
So much more than we expected. A perfect balance of relaxation, exploration and excitement
The stargazing just fabulous, never seen so many stars!
The comfortable rooms were cool and welcoming.
The community atmosphere at the hotel was superb creating a great environment for friendships among adults and children alike.”
The Andalucian cooking, with our ebullient and ever so Spanish chief who provided most of the ingredients from their garden, was great fun and the results very,very tasty
The location of this hotel is absolutely idyllic.
It’s an eco-hotel, which manages fine without air con and is off-grid. You use local services daily, which must benefit the local area.
The room was very comfortable with great views and due to the building´s design naturally stayed at a cool temperature…
With waterfalls flowing into the deep gorge (of the Guadalentin river) from a spring above, the views here were spectacular and a good contrast to the panoramic vistas you experience from the hotel and on the many possible hikes.
The Altiplano region is relatively free of tourists and we enjoyed being amongst the Spanish on holiday.
The region is stunningly beautiful and the hiking is top-notch.
I felt relaxed as soon as we arrived. The scenery, the setting, the other guests, the ambience – all were fantastic.”
Staying at El Geco is like visiting some cool friends who have gone to live in the coolest place – as far removed from a package holiday as possible.
The property relies on passive design rather than A/C to manage the temperature.
The setting of the hotel is just idyllic, really in the middle of nature.
It was simply superb. The venue, the area, the other guest, and especially the hosts made this a holiday to remember
The hotel owners were very hospitable and keen to share their knowledge of the area.