Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
Description of Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
This cave accommodation in Andalucia, consisting of two separate caves, both beautifully restored in a way that respects the stark, rustic traditions of the region but done to a high standard. Our caves are located in village of Castillejar, a perfect spot to enjoy the Andalucian summer but with a wonderful space to escape to that stays cool throughout. As well as being rural and peaceful, it is located between the Barbatas and Guardal rivers, and so fans of wild swimming love it here. The nearby Lake Negratin is also a very popular spot with our guests for swimming and picnicking. As are the local hot thermal springs which are scattered around the area.
Castillejar is at an elevation of 766m above sea level and is one of several hamlets in the area where you can enjoy traditional markets, bars and cafes. The nearest main town is Huescar, just 15km away, although once you settle at your cave, you won’t want to travel too far afield! Especially if sitting back and taking in views over the region’s fertile valley plains, curling up in front of a wood burning stove in the cooler seasons, watching golden eagles soar above on the thermals or star gazing for hours on end is your thing.
For more active days you may want to go hiking in many surrounding natural areas including Sierra de Baza, Sierra de Huescar and Sierra de Cazorla, with many routes that are suitable for independent hiking, but do chat to us if you are interested in using the services of a local walking guide.
Rooms, food and facilities
We have two caves at Castillejar, named quite simply Cueva Uno and Cueva Dos. We welcome families as do Andalucian people generally, and families come back again and again to enjoy the local ambience, festivals, locally run outdoor pools and relaxed afternoons by the river. We can provide cots and high chairs for younger children.
Cueva Uno has two bedrooms, double and twin, bathroom with shower, fully equipped kitchen, dining area and lounge, with satellite TV. There is also an outside terrace.
Cueva Dos has three bedrooms, two twins and one double, bathroom with shower, a large dining room and lounge, fully equipped kitchen and satellite TV. It also has an outside terrace.
For food supplies, we have many village stores, local markets and café bars. We love the fact that we don’t have any giant supermarkets nearby!
How to find us
Best advice is to head to Almeria airport which is around an hour and a half drive from the caves via the stunning landscapes of the Sierra Nevada. Alternatively, both Malaga and Murcia airports are both a couple of hours’ drive but, again, the landscapes that you’ll pass en-route to the caves serve as an exciting prelude to what lies ahead.
7 Reviews of Cave accommodation in Andalucia, Spain
Reviewed on 28 Aug 2017 by Fiona ArmerThe stunning views from the cave-house and the peace and tranquillity there. The sense of history. The beautiful and varied geography. The friendly welcome from locals and the feeling that we found somewhere fascinating that the Spaniards come on holiday. Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Aug 2015 by Deborah PoleThe holiday was a wonderful chance to explore a very interesting corner of Spain. Staying in the cave was wonderful and we would thoroughly recommend it. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Sep 2013 by Melissa ElliottWONDERFUL. Out first three generation family holiday in several years and it couldn't have been better. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Oct 2013 by Susan ClackIt was good, for a week we lived like Hobbits in our home under the hill. For fans of Bilbo Baggins this is the place to be. Read full review
Reviewed on 04 Sep 2013 by Brian BoyleA wonderful peaceful relaxing experience but also great fun for our children as they found much to enjoy Read full review
Reviewed on 26 May 2013 by Chris ChiltonAndalucia is beautiful. Our trips into the Sierras de Castril and Corzula parks were fantastic. We also enjoyed local walks and were happy to be in a very authentic Andalucian community. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Sep 2011 by Jessica WilliamsLiving in a cave for a week was quite extraordinary. It was so quiet and peaceful. It was a lovely break, an adventure which we all enjoyed and gorgeous weather and views in a part of Spain not usually visited by tourists. Read full review
PlanetThe amazing natural insulation of cave houses mean that they stay cool in summer and warm in winter a pleasant constant temperature of sixteen degrees. They require no air conditioning in the summer and very little extra heating in the winter despite outside temperature extremes of +40c to -10c. Both caves have wood burning stoves to help on chilly winter nights. These have hot plates and are also a great energy saving way to cook food.
The water supply is metered and all the bathrooms are shower only with half flush toilets. We use eco friendly cleaning products including eco balls for the laundry. Once we have established an income from the caves we plan to reinvest this to further enhance their environmental credentials. Solar panels are an obvious first step down this route. There are very good recycling facilities with segregated collection points throughout the village.
PeopleCastillejar is traditional Spanish village there are no large supermarkets and as with most of rural Spain no Sunday opening. The pace of life is much slower and we think better for it. There are a good range of shops bars and cafes in the village and we encourage our guests to use these and support the community. The local produce is fantastic with a vast range of local fruit and vegetables available at the regular Saturday market all year round.
The village is within easy reach of three national parks and we employ local guides for walking and horse riding excursions. The cave houses belonged to a local family who restored them using traditional methods retaining many original features. All the furniture and furnishings were bought locally and give the caves a really authentic traditional feel.
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