Casa Azul, Andalucia

Lake Portillo, Castril, Granada, Andalucia, Spain
Guests: 7       Wifi: not available       Pets? Pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking), fee applies

Casa Azul, Andalucia

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about the property

Fabulous Andalucian lakefront holiday cottage villa in Parque Natural de Castril, Granada. Sleeping six it offers remarkably good value.

Casa Azul is a traditional Andalucian 'cortijo' (rural cottage) in a superb, tranquil position on the edge of Lake Portillo just outside the famous whitewashed heritage town of Castril. We had to do a lot of work to renovate this old property, but with the amazing location, we just couldn't resist. It gets around 320 days of sun a year!

It has fine lake views from the first-floor bedroom, and astounding ones from the rear plateau where you can really appreciate the ... but the best bit is the lake itself below the house. The clear, clean waters have an amazing green/azure glow from the limestone rocks and will provide you with the best bathing of your life. There are a couple of snorkels and masks available so you can enjoy the waters to the full. During the year of renovation, we never had to share the beach with another really feels like your own lake and from the shore, you can see for miles across the national park. It really is a very special location.

But Casa Azul isn't just superb for swimming, the hiking and cycling are pretty special too.  Explore some of the nearby ruins and caves on the trails that lead straight from your door, or take a 40-minute walk through the olive groves to Castril for drinks and tapas in one of the traditional Spanish bars. This is real Spain at its best. If you wanted to venture further afield the adjoining Parque Natural de Las Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas is famed for its bird and wildlife - if you're lucky you might see Golden Eagles or Griffon Vultures, Spanish Ibex or Wolves. Then there are lakes where you can hire canoes and kayaks or you could visit the beautiful city of Granada with its Alhambra (a 'wonder of the world'). 



latest review

The cottage was in a lovely location and was well equipped.There was a lovely walk to the town of Castril and the National Park was minutes away by car. The road to the cottage was bumpy and we were...

Ceri R, November 2018

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£216 (based on 2 staying)
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£648 (based on 2 staying)
pets welcome (more than 3 contact us upon booking)
bed layout
Master Double, Double + Single, Sofabed (double) (ground floor)

facilities at Casa Azul, Andalucia

farm or rural location
open fire / woodburner
beach (within walking distance)
young children welcome
travel cot

map - location

travel info

A car is necessary but driving is easy in inland Spain and there are dual carriageways leading straight out of the airports. We can also advise on the best way to get VERY reasoably priced hire cars .. 

There are plenty of airports to choose from:

  • Granada - 1hr 45mins (BA flies from London City, Easyjet flies from Gatwick and Manchester)
  • Almeria - 2 hrs (many, including Jet2 from Manchester, Leeds, Stansted, Edinburgh, East Midlands & Newcastle)
  • Murcia International Airport - 2 hrs 10 mins (mainly Ryanair, Easyjet)
  • Alicante - 2hr 35mins (Ryanair, Easyjet + others)
  • Malaga - 2hr 45mins (Ryanair, Easyjet + others) 

Alternatively you could get the ferry to Bilbao/Santander and trickle down through Spain?

in detail

The property is lovely and warm in the winter, heated by a 9kw wood burner (wood supplied) and gas heaters. In summer there are fans to keep you cool although being in the mountains and with thick stone walls it maintains a reasonable temperature even in the hottest months. 

Ground Floor:

  • Lounge - with large double sofabed, wood burner. Dining table for 6
  • Kitchen - oven, hob, microwave, toaster, kettle, fridge freezer, two sinks, small dining table for 2/4
  • Bathroom - large room with a double shower.


  • Master bedroom - double with great lake view
  • Bedroom 2 - large room with double and single and direct access out to the rear plateau


  • Parking for up to 2 cars
  • Dining table and chairs for 4
  • Parasol
  • lounge chairs and outdoor rug
  • Snorkels/masks


local area

  • Lake Portillo - 5 minute walk down track (10 mins return!)
  • Parque Natural Sierra de Castril - you are in it!
  • Castril historic town (museum, restaurants, crafts, outdoor pool) and local walking - 10 mins
  • Castril 'suspended' Gorge Walk - fantastic river walk - 12 mins
  • San Clemente lake - 20 mins.
  • Short video of local activities - skydiving, mountain-biking, swimming, wine-tasting, festivals in
  • Galera town - interesting cave houses and a good museum - 35 mins
  • Huescar - nearby larger, lively town with good restaurants, monuments, lake etc - 25 mins
  • Orce - fantastic freshwater bathing pool open year round, archaeological digs, castle, restaurants - 40 mins
  • Choice of three azure-blue local lakes within 25 mins.
  • Geothermal pools open year-round for outdoor bathing - 50 mins.
  • Go-karting at Baza (historic town) - 45 mins
  • Aquapark at Vera - 90 minutes - also beach, and naturist beach
  • Lorca (1 hour) - castle, monuments, lovely town, archaeological museum
  • Granada (1 hr 45 mins) -The Alhambra, and much more!
  • Aguilas - beach (under 2 hrs) - nice sandy beach, not busy, not overdeveloped
  • Sierra Nevada National Park - (2hr 30 mins to ski-lifts, less to the Park) - skiiing, nature, walking

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customer reviews for Casa Azul, Andalucia

The cottage was in a lovely location and was well equipped.There was a lovely walk to the town of Castril and the National Park was minutes away by car. The road to the cottage was bumpy and we were glad we had a robust car ..The drive got easier as you got used to it

- Ceri R,
November 2018

What an amazing place! It was the first holiday we've ever had where we seemed to have an entire landscape of mountains and a lake entirely to ourselves! Extraordinary! We particularly enjoyed breakfast with wonderful views of the lake, and walking down for a swim in such clear, still water, and having the cove to ourselves every time we went. Plenty to explore in the immediate vicinity of the cottage (ruined cave houses etc), and nearby Castril, just a 40 minute walk away, was lovely, with several inexpensive great places to eat, as well as shops for supplies. The local honey (Miel Sierra de Castril) was the best I've ever tasted!

- David pike ,
September 2018

A unique place with remarkable natural beauty. Stunning view, cosy and very comfortable, spacious house with everything you need. This is a place for nature lovers, people who seek to be away from the distractions of everyday life or those who love sports such as swimming, hiking, mountain biking, trail running or canoeing. The road is actually ok, a bit bumpy but have seen much worse. It’s one of the very few locations that are even better in reality than the already most promising photos suggest! We arrived in the middle of the night but once we saw everything in daylight it was breath-taking. What else should I say? I am sure we will return…it was awesome.

July 2018

We had a lovely time in this beautiful location, way off the beaten track and so peaceful. Wonderful swimming in the lake and a very relaxing stay in a delightful property.

- Frances patterson ,
July 2018

Casa Azul is a lovely traditional house sited spectacularly by Lake Portillo. We had excellent weather and enjoyed our stay enormously. Castril is a very friendly town with a tardis-like supermarket and great bars/restaurants.

- Andrew R,
November 2017

I just wrote a more comprehensive review then lost it as I'd timed out. So....Go to this house. It's utterly incredible. Extraordinary. Breath-taking.

- Matt lamb ,
September 2017

This place is amazing, the views are incredible and it is a great place to get away and relax with no technology. Castril is within walking distance and worth a visit, as is taking a trip further into the national park for some great walks. The cottage is very rural and other than the neighbour Paco you will probably be alone the whole time. Paco is very friendly and has some lovely cats including two 35 day old kittens which he was kind enough to show us. The black BMW is no longer parked outside as per the instructions but it's not hard to find the spot about 30m from the building. I would definitely recommend the place! Adam from Marbella

June 2017

We had a great time in this house in Castril. The surroundings are beautiful! Just like the pictures. We enjoyed our daily breakfast at the private terrace with lake view. We did nice hikes and haven't seen any other tourists. There are good facilities in the house and Castril is a friendly little town. Not speaking Spanish could be a problem, but the neighbour can use sign language and locals are likeable and patient. - Anne from Eindhoven, Netherlands

June 2017

The house is fantastic - exactly what we needed and hoped for - quiet, beautiful views, lovely hiking...just fantastic! Thank you so much for caring for this precious gem of a rustic Spanish home in this incredible location overlooking the lake. Blessings! - Laurie & Billy

February 2017

My partner and I have just spent a very relaxing and stress free week in this wonderful and charming home. Everything was perfect, in the most beautiful setting. We could not have asked for more, as we enjoyed the comforts of the cottage, views across the mountains, swimming in the lake, adventurous walks, canoeing, drives, the lovely town of Castril and the sheer escapism of it all. Thanks for sharing such a unique spot. Looking forward to visiting again. Daniel, Munich

September 2016

What a little gem! The views front and back are spectacular. We saw so much wildlife and enjoyed the nightly display by the swallows on the back terrace - very up close and personnel. The instructions were excellent - and after the first time the track wasn't so daunting. Castril is charming - thoroughly recommend all the local walks. We just loved swimming in the lake and playing with the inflatables.

- Louise L,
September 2016

This was one of the most spectacular weekends of my life. One of the beautiful places I've ever visited too. The house is rustic and simple, but so charming and perfect for a weekend away. My friends and I left feeling refreshed and relaxed. The views of the bright blue lake were amazing, just amazing. This is a wonderful place for a group of friends to get away, cook good meals, drink a lot of wine, read, hike, swim, and relax. One note is that it is truly in the countryside so if you are not "down to earth" then this place may not be for you. However, if you ever want to try a weekend in the countryside, this would be the perfect place! I am already planning a weekend to go back. Also, we enjoyed visiting the town nearby called Castril. Very charming! - Emily

August 2016

This is a real hideaway, tucked away down a tiny track, overlooking a stunningly peaceful lake, and close to Castril, which is itself lovely. Fabulous place, well worth a visit, and of course, the kayak is lots of fun.

- Adrian C,
January 2016

A perfect holiday in an idyllic location. The description and directions were spot on. Every day was a treat of nature, swimming in crystal clear water, gently kayaking across a stunning lake with nothing but goats, lizards and eagles for company, evenings under the stars listening to the frog chorus, not to forget foraging for mulberries, sensational. Castril is delightful with friendly cafes serving good tapas. The national park is stunning, we will return for more walking at a cooler time of year.

- Rachel L,
August 2015

"This place is truly amazing. The scenery is breathtaking. We had great communication with Greg throughout our stay, when we went into town (no cellphone coverage at the house). Be sure to bring your own supplies, especially food if you will be there on Sunday, as few shops open Sundays. Several amazing walks, with our favorite being Magdelena. We anticipated solitary time while staying here, however there where three other families here for the weekend in the other homes on the terrace. They only come a few times per year, and we're very nice, inviting us to join them for their meals and telling us about the local foods. We got to experience a real Spanish family fiesta as we called it. I would recommend this beautiful home without reservation.' Julia from Iowa

June 2015

“Communication with owner was quick & effective. Directions given were a little confusing so we sent suggestions based on our experience. Once arrived at the cottage we were very pleasantly surprised by the well-thought interior layout & design, and the cottage location above the lake (exactly as on the Airbnb pictures). NOTE to birdwatchers: the lakeside terrace is a great spot! We saw daily return of a short-toed eagle, vultures, bee-eaters, and more (binocs & scope needed). Cottage was very well equipped” Rob Proeme, California

June 2015

'Thanks for a brilliant time - the home and setting are just perfect!' A &J, Manchester

November 2014

'Wonderful place, wonderful area - really, really enjoyed our week here - could have stayed longer and will certainly return!' Claire, Chris & Harry

November 2014

'Lovely rustic cottage in a peaceful area. Felt like we had the whole lake to ourselves' James & Cordelia

November 2014

'A beautiful, quiet little finca with everything you need for a relaxing break. Views unbelievable, scenery and people the highlight. Saw many eagles' Chris

November 2014

'This is the most amazing, beautiful, quiet, peaceful finca, setting, scenery and holiday! Swim in the lake! Dive off the rocks! Watch the shepherds herding their goats, the sound of the bells are beautiful. Perfect holiday even for our 14 year old son.' Donna, Dave & Josh

November 2014


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