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  URBAN ITINERARY OF CASTILLÉJAR
 

 

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The village of Castilléjar extends around the high peak which stands over the joining of two rivers: the River Guardal and the River Galera. Its peculiar layout comes from the occupation, initially defensive, of the top of the promontory, that has since spilt down its slopes, covering one of its faces. Also of note is its peculiar twisting roadway, a testimony it its agricultural past and the local threshing technique that left its mark on the area. Most of the houses are peculiar in that they have been totally or partially dug out from the mountain itself, making Castilléjar one of the largest examples of a cave-house village.

The route starts off in Calle del Agua, in front of a building that in the very near future will house both the Ecology museum and the town’s tourist office. The route itself is clearly signposted with red ceramic plaques. The first stretch goes through the centre, the focus for commercial and social activity in the village. After going up the Calle de la Iglesia (Church Street - built in the 17th Century on the remains of an old fortress) and past Calle Mayor and Calle Huéscar, it comes to la Plaza de la Constitución (Contitution Square) and la Calle 4 Esquinas (the Crossroads), where you can find the town hall.

Moving along it passes through the area of Eras Bajas, and goes down to Puntal de San Juan, an area of cave-houses that overlooking the joing of the two rivers. Going back towards the centre it runs along the plain and the beautiful Badlands (a semi-dessert area of great environmental value) which lie to the other side of the road. It then emerges at the Plaza Mayor, a pleasant square once the home of the old town hall.

The route carries on into an area of recent construction where you can find the theatre, then crosses the Calle Huéscar, and zigzags between the cave houses of the Saliente area. It then goes down until it reaches the tower monument, a symbolic ceramic work of the local area set upo to welcome visitors. Moving up once more past the picturesque cave-house neighbourhood it reaches the Peña neighbourhood – the highest part of the village.

It then goes round Cerro de la Cruz (Cross Hill), a magnificent example of cave town planning with four levels of cave houses stacked one upon the other. Descending a steep lane which almost reaches the river, and, it then goes up until it comes to the Eras Altas area, where you can find a viewpoint that offers a beautiful panoramic view over the plains of the River Guardal and the 1368 metre high Cerro de Cubo, which overlooks the town.

The end of the route takes you through the calm little streets of the San Marco area, under the welcome shade of its delightful cave-houses.


 
Financiado por la Consejería de Turismo y Deporte de la Junta de Andalucía, y la Cofinanciación de la Unión Europea.

 
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