part of the province of Córdoba is made up entirely of one mountainous
region which is scattered with delightful villages and small, animated
toens. There is also an extensive Natural Park. The"Subbética",
as it is known today, induces rest, and calm contemplation of the beautiful
white architecture. Priego de Córdoba, adorned with many impressive
sights which can be admired from its large vantage point, the Adarve,
is a Baroque town which houses one of the most typical Moorish quarters
of this region, La Villa, one of the most beautiful fountains in the whole
of Andalusia, the King's Fountain, and an impressive monumental heritage.
The large parish church of the Asunción contains one specific treasure
which defines Priego's art: the chapel of the Sagrario which exemplifies
Baroque style - white Baroque, plasterwork, medallions andsculptures -
and it is a national monument. Nearby, passing through the Natural Park
and shady passengeways, is Carcabuey. What immediately catches the eye
in Carcabuey is the parish church of San Marcos with its slender tower
and the historical area which surrounds it.
Further on is Cabra, also with an important monumental heritage of which
the church of San Juan Bautista is the bestexample. The Church boasts
five naves and was once an old mosque and before that a Visigoth basilica.
To the north of Cabra we come across Zuheros, a small, white, rustic village
which has a surprising layout around the fortress and the most typical
urbanisation in all of southern Córdoba. Very nearby there are
interesting caves, some of which can be visited, such as the cave of Los
Murciélagos. Also worth seeing are the delightful Square of España,
parish church, castle and views of Luque.
Lucena is most highly populated town in the region and the church of San
Mateo is its main attraction. Inside the church is the Sagrario, a majestic
example of the Baroque style which is so abundant in the provincial south.
Nearby we can find the castle where Boabdil was kept prisioner. Towards
the south of the region lie Rute and Iznájar. In the latter the
visitor should go up to the Renaissance castle and parish church to admire
the sorrounding countryside of olive groves and the largest dam in central
Andalusia-ideal for water sports. In this friendly place good handicraft
can also be found - oil-lamps from Lucena; aniseed liquors from Rute -
and there are also major pilgrimages such as that of the Virgen de la
Sierra in Cabra which takes place in June.