Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain

“Tailor made but one of our best priced activity holidays in the Altiplano de Granada region of Andalucia, which has strong focus on slow travel, food and gentle activities.”


Sierra de Castril mountains | Castril and Cazorla Natural Parks | Castril de la Peña town, with lovely outdoor swimming pool | Lake kayaking | Castellon Alto | Museum of Galera | Day trip to Alhambra Palace | Castril River | Bird watching | Horseriding in Hinojares | Fortress of the Seven Towers, Orce

Description of Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain

Escape to an unspoiled corner of Spain for a family break that combines activities, great food and beautiful landscapes. This holiday is based in the Altiplano de Granada, an unexplored corner of Andalucia which boasts fascinating places of historical, archaeological and natural interest. There are lots of exciting outdoor activities available here, suitable for all ages, including canyoning, kayaking and horse riding. No previous experience is necessary; the range of activities can be selected and adapted to suit all the members of your party.

This trip is based at a spectacular off-grid hotel, which minimises the environmental impact of your stay. It's the perfect base for bird watching, cookery classes, local walks, mountain bike excursions and unforgettable guided tours of the night sky and is completely family friendly. Charming Castril de la Peña is the nearest village, home to a famous suspended gorge walk “La Pasarela”, the remains of a Roman fortification and an impressive outdoor swimming pool.

The celebrated natural parks of Cazorla and Castril are only 10 minutes away by car, offering unbelievable walking, flora and fauna, plus a wealth of rivers and lakes which are perfect for kayaking, canyoning and wild swimming.

Your hosts Ilaria and Des offer advice to help you create the perfect holiday, striking the ideal balance between activities, cultural visits, gastronomic pleasures and rest. A sample itinerary is reproduced below, just to give an idea of what's on offer and how much it costs, but don't forget that this trip can be completely tailormade, so you can easily customise it to perfectly suit your family. There is no fixed itinerary and you are free to stay more or less nights, as you please, choosing between B&B or half board.

Our comfortable hotel offers good, old-fashioned hospitality, tailormade service, personal attention, and unbeatable local knowledge and advice, all without costing the earth. We're a family-run business and the hotel, its surroundings, staff and policies are all child-friendly. Come and enjoy perfect peace and tranquillity, without crowds and hassle. Endless views, beautiful nature, authentic local culture and gastronomy, amazing scenery, geology and archaeology – they’re all on offer here!

Airports which serve this area from the UK are Granada, Almeria, Murcia, Alicante and Malaga and once here, hiring a car is recommended. If you are a solo traveller looking to join a group tour with a pre-determined schedule, this is probably not the holiday for you.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our top tip:
Sleeping 17, great place to book out as a group. You will need to hire cars though.
Trip type:
Tailor made. Minimum age 4-6 according to activities.
Activity level:
Easy to moderate, but tailor made so flexible
Family run off-grid small hotel.
Accommodation, breakfasts, 3 activities.
Plenty of restaurants nearby, but option for half board too. Organic, local food are the norm.
Solos welcome. Surcharge for single room.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain


We are fully committed to renewable energy in a way very few other hotels are. We have a fully ‘off grid’ system (not connected to the national grid) with an extensive array of solar panels for both and electricity and hot water. We are more than happy to show our guests how everything works. Our central heating system is driven by a biomass boiler (burns locally sourced olive pits and almond shells). We use only energy-efficient light bulbs and every bathroom has shower facilities as well as a full bath to encourage sensible use of water; all the toilets have dual flush; the room keys have energy saving cards attached. For washing we use an eco-ball and prefer ecologically friendly cleaning, washing and personal hygiene products, though they are very difficult to source in this part of Spain! We change bed sheets and towels every 4 nights, unless otherwise requested.

Our land is mostly wild, with Almond and Olive orchards which had not been exploited for some time. We do not use pesticides and have brought the trees back into production organically. We grow organic fruit and vegetables in our own kitchen garden, raise free range chickens and source everything else from local organic farmers. We have dedicated recycling bins for guests to use, which we add to our own domestic recycling. We also practice composting, which is a great way to use up vegetable peelings and chicken manure!

We support the Foundation Gypaetus, for the reintroduction of the Bearded Vulture which reached the brink of extinction in Europe a few years ago. The FG has a rearing site in the natural park of the nearby Sierra de Cazorla and every year release into the wild a number of vultures, which are then tracked for a minimum of five years. The majority of the released birds have taken up residence in the Sierra de Castril, very close to the hotel. We offer interested guests information about the whereabouts of the birds and how to get to the various sites (without jeopardising the nests) plus special information cards to fill out in case the birds are spotted. And of course it is amazing how many other beautiful things you see when out looking for something else!

We have designed our schedules to make it possible to use community taxis for airport collection and drop off; in other words a minibus which is already making the trip. Otherwise, if guests are arriving in a group they can effectively charter the same minibus for a reasonable rate and tailor make the holiday in a similarly sustainable way.


First and foremost we are promoting this fantastic region, the Altiplano de Granada, which is new to international tourism. We see the economic benefits sustainable tourism could bring to a rural community which is (at present) over-dependent on agriculture and EU grant aid.

Secondly we are championing the gastronomy, culture and tradition of a ´land that time forgot´, which is to say a place virtually unchanged and untouched by the stresses and strains of modernity. Here the pace of life is different. Family and tradition are respected. The hard won secrets of how to live well with limited resources are still handed down the generations. As a result many young people here are shepherds, olive and almond cultivators, vegetable growers, and, increasingly, budding ecologists. We are members of BioCastril, which promotes organic farming and even gives its landless members plots of land to work. This organisation also provides ingredients for school dinners and holds regular workshops in the schools to raise awareness about the benefits of organic food.

We look after our guests by buying in and growing our own organic produce and we also sell local organic products such as olive oil, oregano, honey and saffron. We also promote art, craft and glass products from a local workshop which is reviving the town´s ancient tradition of glass production. Our preferred guides and workshop leaders are mostly young local people with an enthusiasm and a passion for nature. We encourage all our guests to make use of local restaurants and shops by offering them extensive information and by using our language skills and contacts to book and organise things on their behalf to ensure an enjoyable and tailor-made experience.

All our specialist activities are offered by local outdoor pursuits companies with young qualified guides who care about the environment as much as we do. Your custom will provide them with much-needed work. We have chosen to work with some companies instead of others because of their commitment to the customers and the enviroment, proven through the years. We do not charge any commission on the activities we organize.

88 Reviews of Altiplano de Granada activity holiday, Spain

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2018 by

Wonderful, with warm hosts and beautiful surroundings. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2018 by

Excellent. As adults we loved the location (so quiet, with such great views) and the hospitality. Our 12 year old son loved (most of) the activities and hanging around with other kids. And Ilaria and Des and their children held it all together beautifully. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2018 by

Our expectations were high before we arrived, but they were exceeded. A very memorable and enjoyable holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2018 by

As a family of 5 we all thought this was one of the best holidays we have ever had. We would recommend it to anyone. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2018 by

So many exciting activities within 30 minutes drive of the hotel and then lovely relaxing evenings in the patio dining area made this a really special holiday for both adults and kids. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2018 by

The holiday was a great success for our whole family. Activities to keep all ages and levels of fitness happy - canyoning, paddle boarding and rafting with other families were particular highlights. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Aug 2018 by

We loved the whole holiday - the perfect blend of relaxing and being active!! Canyoning specifically deserves a mention! As does a visit to the local farm to milk goats and make bread and cheese. Spending time at the accommodation was relaxing and sociable with great food in a beautiful non-touristy part of Spain - loved it!!! Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2018 by

One of our best holidays! The children had a fantastic time and we met lots of other lovely people through the activities. Food great, hotel and region beautiful. Very memorable stay! Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2018 by

Brilliant fun...The house is in a lovely remote spot which is totally idyllic! Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2018 by

Best holiday ever! A most relaxing (sitting, looking out at the wonderful countryside at breakfast and dinner time), exciting (rafting and horse riding) and unique (taking a shower under a waterfall) experience. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2018 by

Absolutely brilliant...Absolutely, the whole ethos of the hotel was geared around this from energy production to activities supporting local farmers etc Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jul 2018 by

Fantastic, this place is a hidden gem. If you want something different to your average beach holiday it is perfect. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 Jun 2018 by

Fantastic host and hostess Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Apr 2018 by

There are so many memorable moments from our stay - 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) and of course Ilaria and Des our hosts. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Mar 2018 by

We swam, kayaked, rode horses, rafted down rivers and went for hikes through the superb national parks in the area. The "Lake District" of Spain lived up to its reputation and we found swimming in the man-made reservoirs was a great experience. It was one of the best holidays we had. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Apr 2018 by

The most memorable moments were rock climbing, kayaking and visiting the hot spring pool at Negratin Reservoir. A lovely host and a beautiful area! Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2017 by

Seeing parts of Spain we would never have found without input from our hosts. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Oct 2017 by

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 Des and Ilaria's eldest son, Ludo, providing the translation for everything from the goat milking and horse riding to cheese and bread making. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2017 by

We loved it all. The rafting, the kayaking, the rock climbing, the peace and tranquility, the lovely local people, Des and Illaria, the house, the stars and spending time together. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2017 by

The most memorable was definitely rafting and milking goats (not at the same time). Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2017 by

Exciting activities - all arranged by Ilaria! Super holiday in a great place. Lovely friendly and helpful hosts! Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2017 by

So hard to choose a memorable moment. We loved all the water activities particularly the canyoning and rafting. The kids loved making new friends. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2017 by

Memorable: the beautiful 360 degrees view from the hotel and sitting out on the patio enjoying it. Exciting: rafting trip - thrilling, don't miss it! Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2017 by

Really relaxing and 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! Kids really enjoyed making friends and 'chilaxing' in the pool. Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Aug 2017 by

Lovely people with a great sense of humour and concern for safety of the smallest members of the group ran it. For Dad - the National Park walks and swims. The hotel was lovely - Des and Elaria's warmth and enthusiasm set the tone. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2017 by

The 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. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2017 by

The views over the olive groves from the hotel were stunning but it was the warmth and helpfulness of our hosts Ilaria and Des that really made the holiday...We absolutely loved our week here Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2017 by

The warm welcome from Ilaria, Des and family, rafting, visiting the farm and visiting Castril was the highlight. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2017 by

One of the best, memorable holidays - perfect holiday for teenagers with a great range of activities. A real Spanish experience of local food & culture - Fantastic! Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jul 2017 by

We loved the activities like rafting and canyoning. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jun 2017 by

The kayaking and horse riding were great fun made all the more enjoyable by the beautiful scenery of Andalusia. Some great walks. We loved the town pools full of fish and particularly the cave cafe/bar. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Jun 2017 by

It was all exciting and memorable! Rock climbing gave us all a real sense of achievement, the setting is stunning and there's just so much to do. Fantastic! We all had a really great time with a good mix of excitement and relaxation. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 May 2017 by

A beautiful location with really helpful hosts. Castril is exceptionally beautiful. If your Spanish is poor the English and Italian speaking hosts are a wealth of helpful information. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Apr 2017 by

One of the most beautiful views in the world from El Geco. One of the best holidays ever!! Read full review

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2017 by

Rafting, and swimming, in the river was the highlight. The bronze age mountain village was also really amazing. It seems a very remote area, with hardly any people, and very little traffic, which was a blessing as the roads are mountainous twisting and quite scary. Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Sep 2017 by

The location is marvellous, really beautiful and there is a wealth of activities to enjoy in the area. Kayaking and swimming at the lake in Castril was stunning, we had the place totally to ourselves as eagles circled overhead, beautiful. We also enjoyed swimming in the river in the national park. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Apr 2017 by

There are many memorable moments on this holiday. Our favourite was visiting Castril town, it's a very beautiful little town with lots of different walks at varying degrees of ease. The walk way along the wooden track caressing the mountain edge, overlooking the river is breathtaking. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Feb 2017 by

The hikes - they were breathtaking! Beautiful scenery and waterfalls. It was fantastic - one of the best holidays I've ever been on! Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2017 by

Our most memorable moments was the visit to Jose-Marie's farm, where he enthusiastically showed us round, cooked us some delicious food, made cheese, milked (tried anyway) goats, a truly delightful and enthusiastic gentleman. Second was swimming with the fish in the outdoor swimming pool with the beautiful sunlit mountains in the background with goat bells quietly tinkling nearby... Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2017 by

The kindness and dedication of our guest house!!! If you want to enjoy nature in a beautiful rural hotel that is the place to be! Excellent trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 Jul 2017 by

We all like the rafting the best. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2017 by

The most memorable part of the holiday was our 5 hour walk which involved scrambling up a mountain and was a real challenge for my fear of heights! Really rejuvenating, healthy, family bonding time. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2016 by

I can't recommend a holiday here highly enough Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2016 by

Perfect. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Jul 2016 by

Don't hesitate, book it and enjoy! Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2016 by

The scenery in the area is amazing, it's like being in a cowboy movie - the mountains, valleys and ravines are breath-taking. It's easy to have a good time when you're surrounded by all of that. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2016 by

We loved this holiday. Everything was as we had hoped if not better. We felt totally relaxed and stimulated during the whole trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2016 by

It was fantastic, I loved every day of it, and wished we had stayed there longer.. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Aug 2016 by

Best bits: White-water rafting, horse riding, cave restaurant. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2016 by

We especially enjoyed rafting and stargazing where we were led around the Milky Way and star constellations by an expert from Malaga. Amazing seeing Saturn and its moons as well as distant galaxies! We also loved all the wild swimming opportunities. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2016 by

Excellent. This was a departure from our usual beach resort vacation and with three girls to amuse was probably the best family holiday to date. The activities were excellent and varied and the mountain views superbly panoramic. The accommodation was simple, rustic and suited us perfectly. The hosts were very attentive and like old friends by the end of our stay. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2016 by

It is really difficult to pick just one memorable moment from such a relaxing yet exhilarating break. We took part in Rafting, Pizza making, Canyoning, Farm Visit and Spanish Dancing and enjoyed them all. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Jul 2016 by

It was a brilliant holiday, the first time we have done anything like it and I'm sure it won't be the last. We saw a side to Spain we'd never seen before whilst keeping the whole family entertained. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Apr 2016 by

We loved the amazing views in all directions from, the great range of exciting activities organised by the owners, who were fantastic hosts and so friendly and helpful, and the total relaxation of really getting away from it all. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Apr 2016 by

A gloriously friendly hotel with a perfect location for a peaceful retreat into a Spain we rarely get to experience Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Aug 2015 by

Book it ! You won't be disappointed. There is something for everyone to do. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Aug 2015 by

It was fantastic, our most memorable holiday ever and we were all sad to leave. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Nov 2015 by

Lovely. Peaceful hotel, good food, beautiful countryside, interesting and varied activities which work for children and adults. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2015 by

The Alto Plano is a beautiful region and we enjoyed all the activities we tried. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Aug 2015 by

Excellent. We had a really wonderful family holiday. Thank you to Illaria and Des for being attentive and helpful and making our stay so enjoyable. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Jul 2015 by

Very enjoyable. The hotel is beautiful and the owners are excellent hosts. Very warm and welcoming and knowledgeable about where to visit in the local area. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2015 by

It was great. The Altiplano is a beautiful region perfect for both a relaxing and quiet holiday but also if you want to fill your holiday with sports and activities. Our hosts couldn't have been more helpful and friendly and really made our holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2014 by

We enjoyed the treks and had some good time to relax. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2014 by

It couldn't have been better. A wonderful, wonderful family holiday (children 8 & 9). Read full review

Reviewed on 07 May 2014 by

We had a brilliant holiday. The food and hospitality were excellent and our hosts were intimately familiar with the language, locality, food, history and culture. The hotel is as off the beaten track as one could imagine and is in a tranquil and scenic setting. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Apr 2014 by

The best parts were the location, kindness of hosts, accomodation, amazing stars at night Read full review

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2014 by

Tranquil but with lots of opportunities to challenge yourself or your family!! Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2014 by

We would rate this holiday very highly, particularly the approach of Des and Ilaria - nothing was too much trouble and they were always cheery and helpful. There are plenty of activities to do, sites to see and places to visit - would certainly recommend for a family holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Sep 2014 by

It was really really good and I would like to return - either by myself to chill and walk or if we can organise ourselves and others like this summer then return next summer .... Read full review

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2014 by

Excellent - I would like to return, perhaps in the spring to see the rivers and waterfalls fuller with winter melt and the Olive blossom. We had a super time. The location of the hotel with its 360 degree views of olive groves and distant sound of sheep bells facilitated relaxation. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2014 by

The most memorable aspect was the hotel itself and the great service provided by Ilaria and Des. They are fantastic hosts and arranged all the activities for us as well as providing notes for the various walks and excursions we did. My husband and sons particularly liked the canyoning. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jul 2014 by

Very relaxing. Derek and Ilaria were very helpful hosts. Couldn't have asked for better! Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2014 by

The holiday was excellent, we felt relaxed when leaving...the evening meals were fantastic, and all activities were arranged for us so there was no stress. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2013 by

Fantastic, the whole family loved it and I have every intention in returning. There is so much to do in this area that you cannot possibly get it all in in one holiday. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2013 by

This holiday provided all the activities and breathtaking scenery you could want from an adventure holiday. The natural parks and reservoirs flourish due to natural spring water and provide waterfalls and swimming points along the hikes across the rolling mountain sides. Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Jul 2013 by

We will always remember our first view of the accommodation; it is in a lovely setting and is a beautiful hotel. Ilaria gave us a very friendly greeting, which was just wonderful after our drive...Completely brilliant. Best holiday decision I've made in a long time. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2013 by

An excellent all round holiday experience. Fun, sun, activities, relaxation, education and making new friends in a stunning location! Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2013 by

Fantastic, relaxing, and inspiring! A great place for friends, families and couples. The region is stunningly beautiful and the hiking is top-notch. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2013 by

10/10 !!! Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Aug 2013 by

excellent, loved every minute of it...the canyoning was brilliant Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2013 by

Fantastic holiday - lots of activities to keep you busy but also very relaxing. Would definitely recommend to friends and family. Read full review

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2013 by

We really enjoyed the fantastic food and views from the hotel. Our hosts were extremely helpful and friendly - nothing was too much trouble. All the family enjoyed the horse riding, kayaking and star gazing. Read full review

Reviewed on 10 Jul 2013 by

Very enjoyable. The hotel owners were very hospitable and keen to share their knowledge of the area, the food excellent and the hotel itself clean and comfortable with many unusual touches. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2013 by

Very good. We will consider returning for relaxation and some challenging walking, lovely views and a range of activities. We would recommend the holiday to anyone with similar interests. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Apr 2013 by

A fantastic retreat - exceptional hospitality in an incredibly beautiful place. The setting and scenery, the warm hospitality and relaxing, homely atmosphere and the peace and tranquility were the most memorable parts. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2013 by

A fantastic holiday. We couldn't have wished for a better week and have brought some lovely memories home with us. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jul 2012 by

We signed up for the canyoning as well and that was truly exciting and a bit scary. The stargazing just fabulous, never seen so many stars! The food was very good and Ilaria and Derek (the hosts) could not be more helpful. We will definitely go back for more walking. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2012 by

The whole holiday was memorable and exciting, definitely one of the best family holidays we have had. Highlights were swimming in a waterfall and kayaking in a beautiful lake. Read full review

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