La Subbética cordobesa

The Mancomunidad de la Subbética, a tourist region located in the south of Cordoba, offers travellers a range of leisure activities in natural areas full of attractions. Subbética, made up of the municipalities of Almedinilla, Benamejí, Cabra, Carcabuey, Doña Mencía, Encinas Reales, Fuente Tójar, Iznájar, Lucena, Luque, Palenciana, Priego de Córdoba, Rute and Zuheros, and which encompasses one of the Natural Parks of Andalusia with the greatest scenic and ecological wealth, is a place where Nature, Baroque, Archaeology, active sports (including water sports), and traditions (where we find a wide legacy of popular festivals - highlighting the fame of its Holy Week), are combined as the fundamental characteristics of a holiday without waste. The Subbética region is located in the geographical centre of Andalusia, some eighty kilometres from Granada, forty-five minutes from the Costa del Sol, and just over an hour from Seville. It is about sixty kilometres from Cordoba. Nowadays, the traveller arriving in these lands can choose from a range of rural accommodation in the form of small hotels, camping and camping-cortijo (a type of camping that is indigenous to this autonomous region) and farmhouses for rent, hostels, farm schools, as well as the Villa Turística de la Subbética, located in the village of Zagrilla, in the province of Priego. In this way, Subbética is an excellent leisure offer for those people who believe that a holiday is more than just sun and beach, and who are looking for a socio-cultural exchange that these lands are sure to provide.

The Mancomunidad de la Subbética is made up of the municipalities of Almedinilla, Benamejí, Cabra, Carcabuey, Doña Mencía, Encinas Reales, Fuente Tójar, Iznájar, Lucena, Luque, Palenciana, Priego de Córdoba, Rute and Zuheros, with a total of 117,000 inhabitants distributed unevenly throughout the region. The Subbética, from a geographical point of view, appears to the visitor as a land of rugged, labyrinthine and rough relief, due to its typically Mediterranean formation of alpine origin. The landscape is defined by limestone rocks, alternating with loams and clays at the bottom, all of which give rise to its dolines, poljes, lapiares and abundant caves. Its formation corresponds to the Mesozoic and Tertiary eras. This region is located in one of the three main areas of the Andalusian relief, the Cordilleras Béticas, which are divided into the Sierras Subbéticas to the north, the Cordillera Penibética to the south and the Depresión Intrabética in the centre. The Sierras Subbeticas have a compact relief of wide and extensive high plateaus, together with depressions, giving rise to abrupt and independent massifs. Thus, on a geographical tour of the region, we find: The dividing mountain spur with a S.E.-N.W. orientation, made up of the Cabra massif, the Carcabuey corridor, the Horconera and Rute mountain ranges, the Las Lagunillas corridor, and the mountain spur of the Sierra de Albayate. The Priego-Alcaudete depression, where we can distinguish the valleys of the river Zagrilla, the river Salado (Priego), and the river Caicena (Almedinilla). The western foothills, a flat landscape interrupted by the Sierra de Aras and the river Genil, extending to the south of it through the lands of Palenciana. The traveller arriving in this region will find a continental Mediterranean climate with an Atlantic influence, with rainfall - at present - irregular in winter and very little in summer. Temperatures range from 29.5º C in summer to 9º C in towns such as Priego, Rute and Iznájar, although the usual trend in winter is for mild temperatures in the rest of the municipalities. The interior of La Subbética has abundant tributaries and sub-tributaries of the rivers Genil and Guadajoz. The district is the interfluve of these two rivers, with the former flowing south and the latter north. However, due to the permeability of the limestone rocks, many waters flow underground, emerging in the form of springs and fountains. In the Subbética region there are two reservoirs: Malpasillo and Iznájar, the latter being known as the Lake of Andalusia because of its size. As for the economy of its fourteen villages, we must speak of the predominance of olive monoculture, which means that the region produces high quality oils, recognised not only regionally but also nationally and internationally. The municipalities of Lucena, Cabra and Doña Mencia have their vineyards under the Montilla-Moriles denomination, and their wineries produce wines of great interest. In addition to these agricultural resources, there are also sheep and goat farms. But Subbética also has industrial areas in Priego with its clothing industry, Cabra, Doña Mencía and Rute with its agri-food activities, the latter with its aniseed distilleries, as well as Lucena with its metalwork and furniture industry. The main communication routes in the region are the national roads: Madrid-Cordoba-Malaga, Lisbon-Badajoz-Cordoba-Granada and Granada-Malaga. Inland there are various regional and local roads, such as the C-336 (A-340) which links up with the A-92, as well as the Cabra-Almedinilla road and the C-334 which connects Lucena with Iznájar. In this way, Subbética is less than an hour from the city of Córdoba, just 45 minutes from the Costa del Sol, 80 kilometres from Granada and just over an hour from Seville. Right in the geographical centre of Andalusia.

● Active tourism: climbing, rafting, camping, etc. ● Tourist experiences: olive oil tourism, wine tourism, didactic workshops, handicraft workshops, thermal circuits, hunting and fishing, picnics, guided tours, ecotourism, etc. ● Hiking ● Cycle touring