The Natural Park of Sierra Subbética

The Subbética region is bounded by Iznájar to the south, Zuheros to the north, Lucena to the west and Almedinilla to the east, covering over 30,000 hectares. The area was declared Natural Park in 1988 and a Geopark by UNESCO in 2006. There are 14 villages and towns within this region. It has a rich historical, archaeological, cultural and natural heritage that is to be appreciated by the visitors of all kinds. This is only a short list of places in the Subbética you may find most interesting to explore and can be reached within a short drive from Gourmet B&B Finca Las Encinas.

It is a charming lakeside village sitting at the top of an outcrop with the 8th century Moorish fortress overlooking the turquoise coloured reservoir known as ¨Lake of Andalusia¨ and the church quarter that dates back to the 16th century.
Enjoy swimming, kayaking, hiking, cycling or have a lazy day out at the sandy Valdearenas beach.

Well-known for its anís (anise-flavoured liqueur) and Christmas biscuits and sweets, Rute is a pretty whitewashed town on a hill overlooked by the delightful mountain range. There are a few museums that are worth visiting such as Anise and Cured Ham. It is also a home to the internationally renowned Donkey Sanctuary ADEBO run by an eccentric local man Pascual Rovira.

This is the capital of Subbética and is said to be the least-known Baroque wonders of Andalusia. And the some of the best quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil in the world are produced with the certificate of the Protected Denomination of Origin Priego de Córdoba.

This beautiful town sits at the foot of the highest mountain in the province of Córdoba, the 1570m, La Tiñosa. You would find many Baroque architectural treasures including the magnificent National Monument, King’s Fountain and the Church of Asunción. Do not forget to stroll around the narrow alleys of the Barrio de la Villa (Arab Quarter), particularly when the flowers are in bloom.

Zuheros is lying in a gorge backed by masculine rock cliffs. It is one of the most picturesque Subbética villages is particularly popular amongst the keen hikers, cyclists and painters, as there are plenty of well-signed footpaths or cycle route in the beautiful natural park.

For foodies, Zuheros is one of the best places to find artisan chesses made from goats and sheep milk in Spain. They host a very popular Cheese Festival each year in September.

La Via Verde de la Subbética

Green Way of the Subbética, which is a 58km long path linking Lucena, Cabra, Doña Mencía, Zuheros and Luque, is one of the most stunning routes. The route was once used to transport olive oil by train to other parts of Spain and it has now been lovingly restored for the use of hikers and cyclists. Another popular route is a hike to a cave called Cueva de Murciélagos with Neolithic cave paintings. You may find some of the best goat cheeses and olive oil of the region in the village square. There is also a wildlife and flora centre to visit.





For more information:

Tourism of la Sierra Subbetica region

Green Way