Walking Holidays


El Geco Verde is perfectly situated between the two wonderful natural parks of Castril and Cazorla; the largest protected natural space in Spain.

Mountain AirThe parks offer clearly designated walking routes for all levels and durations, stunning scenery, and hardly any people (though you may see the odd shepherd with his flock).

Here the countryside and the nearby mountain ranges remain wild and untamed. There are no crowds, so walkers can enjoy the rare sensation of being totally at one with nature.

The many rivers and lakes bring life to even the most arid terrain, and the area is overflowing with flora and fauna as a result of the sharply contrasting landscapes which provide suitable habitats for a multitude of creatures including wild boar, deer, mountain goats, otters and trout.
Visitors enthuse about the astonishing number of small birds and breathtaking encounters with majestic birds of prey, particularly the large colonies of Griffon Vultures which cruise effortlessly by. Deep inside the natural park there is also the possibility to spot the rare Quebrantahuesos, or Lammergeier, which has been successfully reintroduced into the local mountains after a 20-year absence.

 

We provide for free all the necessary maps, directions, information and access to guides so you can walk the best routes safely.

Hiking

We send as much of this information as you require in advance to help you choose the routes which suit you best and to help you make the most of your holiday time. We also offer a very inviting and comfortable environment in which to fine-tune your plans, including free wi-fi internet access in the hotel´s social spaces. Walking companions and guides are available and certain specialist interest walks, such as identification of flora or bird watching, can also be arranged. Just let us know what interests you and we will give you a quote.

Our guests choose this region because they want to discover somewhere authentic and new. The Altiplano offers this in abundance, along with ever-changing scenery, the mind boggling diversity of the wildlife and that soothing sensation of peace and solitude.

 

Enjoy the Views
Topwalks is a useful website in English with some good walking routes in the Sierra de Castril:

Topwalks Sierra Castril

There are also many walks described for the Sierra de Cazorla; the ones under the heading “Jardin Botanico El Hornico” and “Pozo Alcon” start within a 20-minute ride from the hotel:
Topwalks Sierra de Cazorla

Another very useful resource is Wikiloc. Here all the walkers with GPS devices record their routes with walk profiles and data, plus commentaries and photographs. Most are in Spanish but we have translations of the most popular routes here at the hotel. By entering “Castril” or “Sierra de Castril” into the search engine you will find all the information you need, and you will be able to download all the ones you like onto your mobile device before you travel. : http://es.wikiloc.com