"The Little Alsace of Texas," rich in European appearance and traditions, was founded in 1844 by Henri Castro, an impresario of the Texas Republic. He brought a group of settlers here, mostly from the Alsatian region of France. Just 20 miles west of San Antonio, the past and present intermingle in this quaint Texas village on the Medina River. Tour the commercial and residential buildings, many of which are examples of German-style country cottages with roofs that are unequally pitched (usually on the back side) in a manner similar to the lean-to design. Castroville has more than 90 historic buildings and houses.
Castroville Regional Park on the Medina includes camping with hookups (fee).