We propose a perfect plan for you: to do a bit of rural tourism in one of the most charming villages in the province of Cordoba. Located 100 kilometres from the capital, Priego de Córdoba is, without doubt, your best option for disconnect from everything and everyone.
There are some who refer to this town as the City of Water, and the number of springs in the area make it worthy of its nickname, although it's not the only one. This town has also been called Córdoba’s Jewel of the Baroque, as this is the current that stands out from all its monuments.
As you can see, it is a place with a lot to offer both on a natural and cultural level, but what is it that you should not miss in Priego de Córdoba? If you want to know, read on because you will be impressed.
Assuming that the temperatures here will treat you nicely at any time of the year (as they are average 19ºC), start your cultural route without worrying about the weather. Take a walk through its Andalusian past in the Barrio de la Villa, where you will find numerous references to the medieval Muslim period. Some of the elements that you will find on your way are the Plaza de Santa Ana, one of the busiest squares since the Church of the Assumption is located there.
From this part of the town, you can reach the Balcón del Adarve which is a kind of natural viewpoint located at 55 metres above sea level and has three important fountains. It is also possible to reach the Castle of Priego de Córdoba, which was built during the time of Al-Andalus, where the homage tower is located, which is a Historic-Artistic Monument.
The Fuente de la Salud, in the busy Calle Río where the Casa Museo de Niceto Alcalá Zamora is located, or the baroque Fuente del Rey are other must-sees, as well as El Paseíllo, which is the Plaza de la Constitución where the Priego Town Hall also stands.
Some of the most interesting spots are the Carnicerías Reales, which were during the 16th century a slaughterhouse and market for these same pieces, and the Plaza de Toros, which has witnessed the afternoons of the work of some of the most renowned bullfighters in our country. It dates from 1892 and was built in an old quarry, which gives it a certain peculiar touch.
A walk through its streets and squares will make you enjoy the tranquillity and the essence of its typical corners and nooks of Córdoba, the murmur of the water, and the tradition that exists in each of these places.
Priego de Córdoba also celebrates the Spanish Holy Week with great fervour and, in fact, it is one of the most remarkable celebrations in the Andalusian province, in fact it is a festivity considered of Spanish National Tourist Interest.
Other traditions are the celebration of its Royal Fair in September, and the AgroPriego, which aims to give visibility to one of its economic sources of Priego de Córdoba: its agriculture.
Finally, you cannot leave without trying its gastronomy, which has as its main product virgin olive oil, which has a Denomination of Origin. It is precisely during Easter that the so famous hornazo savoury pastries, the traditional Easter meatballs, and palillos de leche are typically enjoyed.
The sweet spot is provided by the turrolate and piñonate, both of which you cannot miss.
You will love visiting Priego de Córdoba!