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Castril de la Peña, a charming small mountain town, lies at the base of the Peña, an abrupt rocky outcrop which houses the remains of an old medieval fortress. Its level of preservation is such that it has been given official national status as a "Town of artistic and historical interest ". The city route is made up of two stretches that begin at the Plaza Árbol Gordo, a beautiful stone square, and site of the José Saramago Centre.

The first stretch goes around La Villa, a small area of close-knit houses at the foot of the Peña. It passes the archway of the Puerta del Sol (Sun Gate) and the church, a building from the 16th Century, and continues until it reaches the tranquil Jardines de la Lonja gardens, where you can go up to the highest part of the Peña and enjoy spectacular views.

The second stretch heads up towards the Plaza del Cantón, a lovely little square which overlooks the densely packed neighbourhood of Hondo, which is of Muslim origin. After walking through these old back-streets the route comes out onto the Camino de la Fábrica, a pretty path which goes down until it reaches the banks of the Castril River, just at the beginning of a deep and spectacular gorge, lined with a wooden gangway which leads all the way along the La Cerrada route, a famous walk in Castril.

After going through the Parque de la Arboleda Perdida (Park of lost trees), a pleasant garden which in summer plays host to various cultural events, the route goes up the steep steps of the Cuesta del Río until it reaches the historical town centre once more. Going through the Arco del Carmen, it comes out into the town’s busiest square, Plaza Hernando de Zafra, which every October is transformed into a bullring for the local bullfighting festival. From here, the route takes you past the house of Don Hernando de Zafra, which dates from the 17th Century, and ends at Corralazos, a calm area surrounded by gardens and allotments

Finally, moving through small streets, such as the charming Calle Parras and Calle Baza streets, it returns to Plaza del Árbol Gordo (Broad-tree Square - its name a reference to the old, emblematic tree which grew here until the sixties when it was cut down). Nowadays, a beautiful olive tree, a tree very much in keeping with the olive oil traditions of Castril, has been planted in its place.

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