This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Cazorla. To help you make friends with Cazorla before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
About the twentieth century BC, the first stable settlements near today’s Cazorla were established. Later, the Iberian culture developed significantly in these lands. During the Romanization, the Romans settled in this region and the Roman presence was widespread in the county, and even some important remains were found within the current town of Cazorla. During the Muslim occupation, both Cazorla and the neighboring towns were fortified as the archaeological findings indicate. Today, Cazorla is a small town with only more than eight thousand people.
The main attraction of Cazorla is the Ivy Castle. It is located on the hill of Salvatierra, built by Christians, but used by Arabs from the eleventh to thirteenth centuries. It is in a very good condition, it houses the Museum of Arts and Traditions of the High Guadalquivir. It is divided into two sections -- Historical, and Arts and Customs. From its location, more than eight hundred meters above sea level, the town of Cazorla and its surroundings are visible. Apart from the Ivy Castle, there is not much to do and see in the town. You can visit some monuments in or around the town -- the Five Corners Castle; the Chain Source, built in honor of Felipe II; the Ruins of the Church of Santa Maria from the sixteenth century; and the City Hall and the Palace de la Merced from the sixteenth century.
Hostels in Cazorla are scarce; this is not very surprising, as it is a small town that's not immensely popular among tourists despite its archeological sites. Despite this fact, Cazorla hostels are rather expensive and that could be another reason for the regular backpacker to continue on their journey without visiting the town. If you still decide to spend time and money to visit Cazorla, you will not be disappointed as the few existing Cazorla hostels offer very good conditions.
Written by local enthusiast for Cazorla hostelsGeorge Traveller