An enjoyable road cycling excursion to the south of Castril.
The first half is fast peddling on very good roads passing through the small village of Las Almontaras, with great views down to the ' volcano' of Jabalcon where they have held the world championships for paragliding and hand gliding. A left turn just after Las Almontaras brings an excellent surfaced road snaking down towards Castillejar. The scenery is now of big arable fields dotted with large evergreen oak trees. Dropping towards Castillejar, the land becomes more desert like, with huge amounts of silica glinting in the sunshine. A large stand of Poplar trees guard the entrance to Castillejar, a town once on the frontline between the Moors and the Christians. The town is a mixture of Cave dwellings and normal houses and sits on a ridge between two rivers.
Leaving Castillejar, the route skirts an area of semi desert known locally as the' Bad Lands' as it climbs steadily up to the main market town of Huescar. Leaving Huescar and turning north towards San Clemente, the road twists it way towards the impressive mountains of the Sierra Seca with super views of the huge mountain of La Sagra (2382 m in altitude). Turning left before San Clemente leads on a very fast road to the Dam at the head of the Embalse de San Clemente and views down the Guandal valley past Dudda back towards Castillejar. A quick blast through the almond groves leads to Fatima and the possibility to stop at El Mano's for deserved refreshment. It is then only a short ride back to Cortijo Sierra Castril.