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What to do and where to go

A multitude of sightseeing and sports opportunities are all available within a short distance from Cortijo El Castano. This area is of great interest to botanists, birdwatchers, writers and painters alike.


Facilities and sports available in the Alpujarras:

SKIING

The ski season is from the beginning of December until the end of March and the resort in the Sierra Nevada mountains is just over an hours drive away. Decide, on the day, whether to go skiing, to the beach, or both! There are over 70 kms of wide pistes and plenty of restaurants and bars in the ski resort. From the higher pistes you can see the coast of Africa on a clear day.

skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada, Andalucia, Spain
 
WALKING
 

The Alpujarras is fantastic walking country with spectacular scenery. We can arrange guided walks, self-led walks or wildlife trips with a local qualified wildlife expert. Any level of walking can be undertaken from strenuous, trekking up Spains highest peak, Mulhacen, to ambling through the tranquil white washed villages of Las Alpujarras. Discover the snow capped mountains and hidden valleys of the Sierra Nevada. A company that we can recommend for walking, trekking, mountaineering and ski touring is Spanish Highs. Click here for more information.

 

RIDING

Trekking in the mountains – go for just a few hours or several days, depending on how keen you are. For those of you who cannot ride, this might be the ideal opportunity to take lessons. Caballo Blanco is a local riding/trekking centre. For more information click here.

Night sky over the spectacular Alpujarras
 
MOUNTAIN BIKING/QUAD BIKING/ABSEILING/ROCK CLIMBING/SCUBA DIVING/PARAGLIDING/CANYONING/SKY DIVING/PAINTBALLING/BUNGEE JUMPING/ARCHERY/CANOEING IN THE SEA OR RIVER/JEEP SAFARIS/GUIDED OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE TOURS/'DEATH SLIDE
 
The terrain is wonderful for any of these activities. For further information click here.
 
 

PARASCENDING/HANG GLIDING/BALLOONING

Not for the fainthearted! Glide down from the high up mountain villages, landing on the dry river bed of the River Guadalfeo. Alternatively, just watch others from the comfort of your sun-lounger by the pool! For more information about a local based company, click here.

hang gliding
 
GOLF
 
There is a golf course in Motril and one partway to Granada. There are also many courses just over an hours drive away on the Costa del Sol.
 
WELL-BEING BREAKS
 
will be holding several breaks throughout April/May/June of 2009 at Cortijo El Castano. "Well-being" is about your physical, mental and spiritual life (your optimal body, mind and soul). These breaks boost your well-being by helping you to recuperate from your daily life and include a Yoga and Pilates exercise programme. For further information click here.
 

SPANISH CLASSES
 
Why not take full advantage of being in Spain and take a course in Spanish for holiday-makers at the Academia de Idiomas Puentes. For further information click here.
 

Local towns and villages of interest:

 

ORGIVA

Whilst not being a large town Orgiva is the capital of the Alpujarras and holds a weekly market in the town, every Thursday morning. There are plenty of tapas bars, several restaurants and many small supermarkets. There are also two health food shops and a herbalist pharmacy. Enjoying many fiestas throughout the year, this is very much a Spanish town.

The local town of Orgiva, about 45mins from Granada
 
LANJARON
 
Lanjaron is a spa town, where the Spanish have enjoyed treatments for over 100 years. The minerals found in the many different waters are said to be an aid for any number of ailments.
For more information about the Balneario and the health services offered please click here.
 
GRANADA
 
Visit the fascinating city of Granada with its spectacular Alhambra Palace, and the old Moorish quarters of the Albaicin. Shop in the sophisticated town centre or just enjoy the hustle and bustle of the street restaurants and cafés in this ancient student town.
We advise you to pre book your visit to the Alhambra Palace to avoid dissappointment. For more information about the Alhambra and pre booking please click here.
 
COAST/BEACH

Thirty five minutes to the beaches of the Costa Tropical. Relax on one of the many quiet beaches or visit one of the more popular ones in the lively towns on the coast.

 

 

 

WHITE VILLAGES

beach
 
The picturesque villages of Pampaneira, Bubion and Capiliera, collectively know as the 'White Villages' were built by the Moors and have a charm and style unique to this area. Spend the day visiting different villages and discovering some of the local crafts, still practiced in the region. Or simply enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants.
 

The above are just some of the opportunites available when staying at Cortijo El Castano.