Right in the middle between Córdoba, the capital of Al Andaluz, and the Moorish city of cultural refinement Granada, the Subbética is at the very centre of Al-Andalus culture.

 

An area steeped with history, incredibly beautiful cultural remains, endless olive groves and a beautiful Natural Park,  Las Sierras Subbéticas.

 

 

La Subbética de Córdoba

The Subbética de Cordoba is easy to reach, as within an hour from Málaga, yet right in the center of the untouched inland of Andalucía.

From the Subbética de Córdoba it is just an hour by car to both Córdoba and Granada.

Mezquita de Córdoba

From the Subbética it is only one hour to Cordoba and Granada.

The scenery of the Subbética de Córdoba is beautiful and the views are stunning. It has endless olive groves and Las Sierras Subbéticas, an extensive (31.000 hectares!) Natural Park of rugged limestone mountains. It has the highest peak of all of Córdoba, La Tinosa, with a height of 1.570m.

You can enjoy idyllic walks in the Subbética de Córdoba.

You will find authenticity and rugged nature wherever you go for a walk.

You will find authenticity and rugged nature wherever you go for a walk.

The Subbética de Córdoba has as many as 9 official walks, including a part of the GR7, the walk that crosses Europe. The “Via Verde de Subbética’ is worth mentioning. A wonderful trip of no less than 58 km, from the border with the province of Jaén to Las Navas del Selpillar, a small Andalusian village. This route once was a railroad; it is a beautiful route with varied views, it passes through the Sierra Subbética and along la Laguna del Salobral, where you can see many exotic birds. You are traveling through nice white villages as Luque, Zuheros, Dona Mencia and Cabra.

The Via Verde is also perfect as a bike ride.

The Subbetica: rugged nature and authentic white villages.

The Subbetica: rugged nature and authentic white villages.

Apart from the endless olive groves the Subbética de Córdoba also offers extensive oak forests, with holm and cork oak. Especially during spring you will be surprised by the incredible abundance and variety of wild flowers. You will see lots of bird of prey, like eagles, a special species of vultures, and peregrine falcons. The peregrine falcons are the symbol of the Subbética de Córdoba. The area still has wild cats, wild boar, mongoose and badger.

De Subbética de Córdoba is situated amidst the cultural remains of Al-Andaluz.

The Alhambra de Granada is only an hour's drive away.

The Alhambra de Granada is only an hour’s drive away.

The region is steeped with history, and there are numerous remains of ancient civilisations in the area. The Subbética de Córdoba counts more than 300 archaeological sites. It has musea, castles, churches and lot of other fascinating monuments, more than enough for everyone who is interested in the history of this intriguing area.

You could easily visit the Mezquita in Córdoba and the Alhambra in Granada.

Many remains of ancient cultures are an easy drive away.

Many remains of ancient cultures are an easy drive away.

For seven centuries Córdoba was the “center of the world” in the period of the Great Moorish Empire. Granada has been the center of Moorish culture for many centuries. The Mezquita de Cordoba is alongside with the Alhambra de Granada, the finest example of Moorish art in the whole of the western world. It is the grandest mosque, and one of the most amazing buildings in the world. Scattered throughout the region are many charming whitewashed villages, each of them has preserved it own Moorish remains.

The whitewashed village of Iznájar has some interesting sights, like a Moorish castle dating from the 8th Century and church from the 16th Century. From Iznájar you have spectacular views over the Embalse de Iznájar. It is great for swimming and water sports.

It has a lovely sandy beach, called Valdearenas Playa.

Izanajar lake offers several nice beaches and lots of watersports

Izanajar lake offers several nice beaches and lots of watersports

There are plenty of delightful white villages, a nice example is the town of Rute. It offers lovely squares and little parks, a ruined Moorish castle, and lots of small shops, bars and restaurants. There is a fresh market every Saturday. Rute has a long tradition in producing Anís, a tipical Anis drink, and is also famous for its jamón (Iberic ham), and lots of sweet delicacies (like for example Turrón, a delicious treat for Christmas).

If you are looking for authenticity, the Subbética de Córdoba is the place to go.

In the nearby village you will witness cherished local traditions.

In the villages you will witness cherished local traditions.

The locals are extremely friendly, as they have not yet been washed away by crowds of tourists. The yearly fiestas, like the Semana Santa (Pasen) and Cruces de Mayo in May, are really worthwile.

Here you will still find a tradition of old fashioned craftmanship. Many are still involved in woodcarving or bronze, weaving baskets and mats from esparto grass, or make a living with pottery or embroidery.

Plenty of interesting things to take home as a souvenir –

and don’t forget the famous olive oil of course!

The Subbetica is famous for its olive oil.

The Subbetica is famous for its olive oil.

Places of interest in La Subbética de Córdoba

Mezquita de Córdoba

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