Star gazing from the cave roof
     
Star gazing on the cave roof. Taken by our guest from VIAJES ALMUSAFIR in February.
     
Torre del Salar - Arab watch tower
     
Paisajes De Orce - Guided tours of this beautiful area with knowledgeable guides who speak English. La Torre del Salar - An old Arab watch tower which makes
for a fantastic walk from the cave
Hire of mountain bikes, cycling routes and guided rides available as well. The bikes can be delivered to Casa Cueva La Piedra
     

what to see and do

 

The nearest coast is around one and a quarter hours drive away at Aguilas, a typical Spanish resort and not over commercialised. Close by are numerous unspoilt beaches which are rarely crowded.

Closer to home, Orce and Huescar have natural spring swimming pools called Fuencaliente, where you can swim with fish!

Walkers & nature lovers should be in their element, with endless opportunities for exploring the wilderness.

 

The historic city of Granada is around one & a half hours drive away. Well worth a visit for its elegant squares & winding streets, Granada also boasts the world famous Alhambra, with its wonderfully preserved palace and the beautiful gardens. Above the city is the ski resort of the Sierra Nevada.

Less than half an hour away from the cave-house the dramatically sited castle at Velez Blanco has splendid views, and all the towns in the region offer street cafes and bars to sit and watch the world go by.

 

The area around Fuente Nueva, Venta Micena & Orce is becoming world famous as a site for archaeological discoveries. Each year students from around the world come to dig and to uncover the region's fascinating pre-history.

There is a Moorish castle in Orce and a palace close by houses remains from nearby archaeological digs.

Each town celebrates fiestas throughout the year. Orce's main ones are in January (San Anton y San Sebastian) and August (verano cultural).
 

 

 

One of the most dramatic walks in the area is at Castril, just west of Huescar. A pathway has been cut through the gorge of the Rio Castril, part of it in a tunnel, and part clinging to the sheer sides of the cliff with the river tumbling beneath. A bar in a lovely wooded setting at the end of the walk rewards you for your efforts. Castril Gorge The Sierra de Maria, 12 kilometres from the cave house, is a large forested natural park with signed walks and picnic areas (one of which, La Piza, has a bar) and with dramatic mountain vistas. Leaflets and maps can be found in the house, including details of the botanic garden (free entry) near the village of Maria itself.
Rio Castril home Castril autumn