The area is a fabulous place to go bird watching. Spot soaring eagles, vultures or kites.  Maybe you will catch a glimpse of a Golden Oriole or Roller or listen out for the Hoopoes.

Go walking, horse riding (there are stables in the village) or cycling. All are very popular activities here.

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Horse Riding

Seeing the countryside from the back of a horse gives you a totally different perspective.

Slow down your pace of life and just walk and watch the amazing views.

There are stables in the village and I can book ride for you if required.

Kayaking & Paddleboarding

There are 13 Embalses / Reservoirs in Jaen Province. The nearest is Embalse de Bolera where you can go “wild” swimming and kayaking.

But just over the border in Granada Province is the Embalse de Negratin.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding available on the northern side of the lake at Club Deportivo Negratín.


Cycling is a very popular sport in this area. Whether for fun or competition, we can offer you comfortable accommodation.

July – Annual Triathon
Having come from the Embalse de Bolera for the swimming element, Hinojares is often part of the cycling route before going to Pozo Alcón for the final, running, element

In 2018, Stage 7 of La Vuelta came through Hinojares finishing in nearby Pozo Alcón

Earlier this year, La Vuelta de Andalucía also had Hinojares on its route.  Starting in nearby Huesa, the riders came through en route to Quesada, Cazorla and beyond.

Castril Gorge Walk

One of our favourite places to visit.
We usually drive down to the large parking area at the bottom of the gorge and start from there.
You can, if you are fitter than us, start the walk from the village – it’s all downhill to start with, but I wouldn’t be able to cope with the UPHILL walk back.
The walk is an easy one that takes you beside the river on a boardwalk – is a bit uneven, but that’s all part of the fun.
You cross the ‘wobbly bridge’.
Go through a tunnel, but it gets light again, just as you think “it’s really dark now “.
Along the way, on hot days, you may come across families paddling or swimming in the river; there are a few spots that give easy access.
As I said, we don’t do the round route, but just walk back the way we came.

Other Walks / Nature Trails / Wildlife

There are some lovely walks and nature trails that start from the village.
One takes you under the road bridge and on, up to Cuenca.

You’ll meet lots of friendly “natives” on route. Mules, goats, sheep, horses.
Just stop and say hello

Just a short drive away you can walk for miles in the olive groves – and visit a production centre and buy some of the best olive oil around.



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