The village is located at 1011 meters above sea level and has 256 inhabitants (2013). The oldest notification of the village dates from 1003-1085. The name comes from the latin word "castrum" which means high houses.
The village is part of Natural Park Sierra Nevada and is divided in three neighborhoods of which the highest one "Bario Alto" is declared as Cultural interest.
The town is known of the exploitation of mines of iron and mercury. The small village Nieles belongs also to Cástaras.
Cástaras (36°55′53″N 3°15′13″O)
Altitude: 1011 meters
Population: 256 (2013)
Distance to Granada: 96 km
Distance to the beach: 49 km (La Rabita)
Distance to the Airport of Malaga: 156 km
Distance to the Airport of Granada: 109 km
Touristic level: low - medium - high
Authentic level: low -medium - high