Welcome to the perfect holiday destination! We are in the province of Cordoba and we are looking forward to discovering some of its corners, where rural tourism is a unique experience, and what better place than the village of Carcabuey?
It is an ideal location for nature lovers, as it occupies most of the Sierras Subbéticas Nature Reserve. The panoramic view from the highest point, where the fortress stands, is spectacular.
But it is not all about nature, as in the town centre there are many places of cultural interest and a deep-rooted tradition that will make you fall in love with Carcabuey. All you have to do is choose a rural house in which to stay for the night and begin your adventure in this olive-growing town!
If we focus on the places of interest in terms of its heritage, the first stop to make will undoubtedly take you to the highest point: its castle. The image of Carcabuey cannot be understood without this essential element to it.
The castle is undoubtedly a perfect family visit. This fortress was one of the key strategic points for the control of all communications in the region, as from its towers you could see all the roads perfectly. In addition, a sword was found which is currently on display in the British Museum, which gives us references to the antiquity of this castle. It is also known as the Castillo de la Fidelidad (Castle of Loyalty) and nearby you can visit its hermitage, which was the first of several religious elements that were built in Carcabuey.
In addition to the hermitage of the Castle, you can visit other religious temples such as the church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, the Templete de la Virgen de las Angustias or the hermitage of Santa Ana, clear signs of the religious passion of this town.
But if this is not enough for you, in the surrounding area you can enjoy various activities such as hiking, with which you will discover the rugged landscape of the Sierras Subbéticas, which combine high peaks such as Lobatejo and Puerto Escaño, with impressive valleys full of green, full of olive groves in which to lose yourself.
But the magic of Carcabuey does not conclude there. As we have said, it has a strong religious tradition which is honoured in its fiestas, especially the festivities in honour of the Virgen del Castillo, where for three days the streets are filled with colour and music, as well as religious processions.
More entertaining is the Feria Real de Carcabuey fair, which is held in the middle of August and includes different activities for young and old, exhibitions and traditional dances to the sound of music, as well as the famous cycling tour, which is one of the oldest ones in Andalusia.
And like any good Spanish fiesta, gastronomy plays a very important role, although not one limited to these days only. Products derived from the slaughter make up the bulk of Carcabuey's recipes, and you can try the classics such as Spain’s morcilla (black pudding) and chorizo, as well as other more elaborate dishes such as migas (fried breadcrumbs) or potaje bean stew.
You will love Carcabuey!