River Castril Valley

River Castril Valley
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The river valley has been declared an Extraordinary Agricultural Landscape denominated Vegas de Huéscar-Castril y Guardal (AG-8), due to its extremely valuable landscape within the context of an arid Granada plateau. It creates its own ecosystem based on the river, together with the fluvial ecosystem of the Castril River with species protected under European regulations such as the gallery forest of 'Populus Alba' (white poplar) and 'Sálix Alba' (white willow), with other species of willows, as well as ash trees.

The Extraordinary Agrarian Landscape falls within the Province of Granada's Plan for the Protection of the Physical Environment, an area of Cultural Interest such as the Historic-Artistic Complex of Castril and an area denominated as a Fish Farming Zone in the Castril River.

Since 2020 the lower part of the Castril River has been included in theUNESCO World Geopark of Granada

Amongst the typical riparian vegetation you will find a great diversity of birds: Greenfinches, European serins, Eurasian blackcaps, wagtails (Motacilla alba), robins (Erithacus rubecula) and wrens (Troglodytes troglodytes). Weasels and martens inhabit the riverbanks and groves.
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River Castril Valley
Vega Río Castril
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  • Accessible for handicapped

Target audiences

I travel alone, Couples, For families, young people, deal, Lgbti, Seniors, Professional, Friends


Culture, Geotourism, Turismo Etnográfico, Sports, Nature

Type of activity

Biking, Fishing, Multi-adventure activities


All year

Environmental units

Meadows and Countrysides of the Guadalquivir

Statement date

27 / 03 / 2007

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