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Rustic Blue Holiday Guide to Priego de Cordoba

Known as the "Baroque Jewel", Priego de Cordoba is a lovely, convivial little town steeped in old-world charm …

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Priego de Córdoba A typical corner in Priego de Córdoba White walls are festooned with trailing flowers, flower pots and religious icons A view from the castle The Fuente del Rey, a gargoyle-festooned fountain in a leafy park Holy week celebrations in Priego have been declared an attraction of national interest A winter evening draws to a close
Priego de Córdoba
Population

22,560

Altitude

650 metres

Distance from Malaga

135 kilometres

Distance from the Coast

120 kilometres

Patron Saint

San Nicasio

Fiesta Dates

Carnival

Easter Week

The Sundays of May

Corpus Chisti (June)

The Annual Fair (early September)

Climate

In the centre of Andalucía and with low mountains all around, winters can sometimes be pretty chilly, summers quite hot. Very low humidity and plenty of sunshine (over 3,000 hours per annum)

Description

Timeless and seductive

A dignified, convivial provincial town, Priego de Córdoba is Andalucía at its most refined and authentic.

Midway between the two great cities of Córdoba and Granada, Priego de Córdoba is timeless and seductive, Andalucía at its most refined and authentic. A dignified, convivial provincial town, it is suspended between mountains and olive groves, within walking distance of the spectacular countryside of the Subbética Natural Park.

A busy, bustling little market town, there's much to commend it.

Head straight for the old historic quarter, Barrio de la Villa, and amble through its maze of narrow passageways, the houses Moorish in style, their white walls festooned with trailing flowers, flower pots and religious icons.

Doors and windows are neatly painted in blue or green. Some still have ancient tunnels that went from their cellars (bodegas) up to the castle.

El Barrio de la Villa

Amble through the maze of narrow passageways and twisting streets of the old, historic quarter, its walls festooned with flowers and religious icons.

This labyrinthine of narrow twisting streets in the old quarter emerge at an elevated promenade, the Balcon del Adarve, which skirts the fortified cliff edge, a natural fortress with wide views of the olive grove speckled mountains beyond. It's breathtakingly beautiful and a favourite subject for paintings.

Priego also has more than its fair share of marvellous baroque churches. Churches such as the Iglesia de la Asunción, a Gothic / Mudejar temple remodelled in the Baroque style in the 18th Century. The main altarpiece is Renaissance, its sacristy chapel considered to be one of the masterpieces of the Spanish baroque.

Other fine examples are Iglesia de San Francisco and Iglesia de la Aurora, from which a cloaked brotherhood sets out on a procession every Saturday night, singing songs and collecting alms.

Grandeur and beauty

Marvellous baroque churches and beautiful monuments were created by the wealth generated from a booming silk trade.

All this magnificence was made possible by the town's 18th century silk-production boom. The taffeta and velvet the town produced was sold all over the Spanish peninsula, France, and the Americas.

The main monument to the wealth created by the silk industry is the Fuente del Rey, an extraordinary, gargoyle-festooned fountain in a leafy park with numerous large pools and no less than 139 spouts surrounding a statue of Neptune.

There are several other architectural delights, including the impressive Arab castle and the 16th Century market and slaughterhouse, Las Carnicerías Reales.

The religious brotherhoods of Priego de Córdoba have a long history, some dating back to before the 16th century. The traditional displays of these brotherhoods in the religious processions of Holy Week (Semana Santa) are renowned throughout Spain for their grandeur and beauty.

The world's finest

These days, the economy of Priego is based on the agriculture of the surrounding countryside, and especially, its superb olive oil.

The economy of Priego is based on the agriculture of the surrounding countryside, and especially, its superb olive oil. Within the local denominación de origen of Priego de Córdoba there are 70,000 acres of olive groves, 7,000 farms, nine mills, 14 commercial plants and four co-operatives, producing some of the finest olive oil, not just in Spain, but in the world.

It has recently won many of the most prestigious prizes in international competitions.

Many who know about these things would argue that the prize-winning Serie Oro label, from the nearby Almazaras de la Subbética co-operative, is the finest virgin olive oil in the world.

Quite rightly known as the "Baroque Jewel", Priego is a lovely little town, energetic and flourishing yet steeped in history and old-world charm. A town which just invites you to stroll around.

Holiday villas

Holiday villas near Priego de Cordoba

  • ZM 19 - Sleeps 4 to 10

    A wonderful old flour mill lovingly renovated by the grandchildren of the last miller. The workings of the mill and bakery have been completely restored and the living quarters beautifully converted for comfortable, yet authentically traditional, quality holiday living.

    from 910€ to 2,150€

  • ZM 10 - Sleeps 6 & 2 children

    A classic farmhouse now reborn as a top quality, thoroughly modern home. Set in a glorious pastoral scene with lovely views over rolling, olive dotted hillsides. Ideal for lazy summer holidays by the pool, or an out of season break - the time for walking, cycling or riding to explore this historical landscape.

    from 1,230€ to 1,980€

  • ZM 27 - Sleeps 2 or 4

    Superbly situated on the hillside in its own two acres of grounds, near the little hamlet of Ermita Nueva. There are no near neighbours, just joyous countryside as far as the eye can see! This is a beautiful villa in a lovely Andalusian setting, a real home created with care and passion by its English owners.

    from 750€ to 1,310€

  • ZM 26 - Sleeps 6

    A rustic farmhouse which has been renovated with care and skill, the location is superb, a paradise of silence amidst hills carpeted in olive trees. Sweeping views encompass the three provinces of Granada, Córdoba and Málaga. Everything is as it should be in a rural Andaluz cottage.

    from 780€ to 1,080€

  • ZS 12 - Sleeps 8

    Set amongst rolling hills on the edge of the Subbética Natural Park, this attractive, Mediterranean-style villa is a great place for a relaxing holiday. It's also right in the centre of Andalucia, perfect for exploring its many treasures.

    from 1,170€ to 1,530€

  • ZM 34 - Sleeps 2 or 4

    This recently finished, quality holiday home enjoys a completely authentic, rural Andalusian setting, a great place just to ´be´. Great views, charm, comfort, quality furnishings and excellent facilities compliment the peaceful, unhurried lifestyle.

    from 1,110€ to 1,220€

  • ZS 15 - Sleeps 2

    Set amongst rolling hills on the edge of the Subbética Natural Park, this lovely little cottage is a fabulous holiday hideaway for a couple. Here you will enjoy sun, views and sunsets to the full. A great place just to relax, it's also an ideal base for exploring the treasures of Andalucía.

    from 550€ to 590€

  • ZS 22 - Sleeps 2

    This picturesque little village house, still rustic in style but very attractively refurbished, is in as traditional a pueblo as you will ever find. For a couple looking for a base in the heartland of Andalucía and a bit of genuine local lifestyle, this could be just the place.

    from 550€ to 590€

  • ZM 30 - Sleeps 4 or 8

    A lovely old farmhouse set in rolling hills to the west of Granada. Furnished with antiques and old curios passed down through generations, it successfully recreates the authentic atmosphere of days gone by.

    from 650€ to 1,220€

  • ZS 11 - Sleeps 12

    You can't fail to be grabbed by a sense of adventure as you approach. Embraced by a beguiling Mediterranean garden this family home couldn't be more perfect for getting you way off the tourist-beaten track and to the heart of that much-touted 'Real Spain'.

    2,400€

  • ZS 16 - Sleeps 6

    This delightfully restored house is on the edge of the small village of Fuente del Conde, in a truly privileged setting. A choice of Individually styled terraces offer a multitude of ambiences, whatever your mood, whatever the time of day ... or night.

    from 1,230€ to 2,190€

  • ZS 14 - Sleeps 8

    Tourists who bypass this region are missing out because the landscape here is nothing short of spectacular. Specifically designed to be inclusive, this bright villa is suitable for wheelchair users, families with children and all who want to experience a stunning part of Andalucía.

    from 1,500€ to 2,330€

  • ZS 23 - Sleeps 18 to 24

    Now a fabulous, interior-designed villa for a group of friends or family wishing to holiday together, this superbly restored olive mill is unique, a wonderful place to stay. In the heart of Andalucía, here you are perfectly placed to visit the great cities, beaches, mountains and ski slopes.

    from 3,830€ to 4,860€

  • ZM 33 - Sleeps 2 or 4

    This classy villa, in the most delightful of settings achieves an old-time Spanish "hacienda" feel, exuding elegance and grace. The view's fantastic too, across the patchwork of fields below to the mountain ranges of Jaén and Granada far beyond.

    from 680€ to 1,620€

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