Road less travelled

OsunaStaying at Almohalla 51 means being centrally located not just for the big cities that everyone knows about, but also for some fascinating smaller towns and villages. Without question our favourite is Archidona, but below we’ve pulled together some equally historical and just as beautiful options – detailed self guided tours for which we can provide during your stay. For 2017 we also have a special offer helping you to discover these Andalucian gems…

 

Estepa and Osuna - Take in two of the region’s most historic towns, both notable for their architecture and views. And don’t miss the chance to sample local wines on your return to our guesthouse. Estepa is a bustling and beautiful example of a classic Andalucian hill town, with its cobbled winding streets and shaded squares. But its history reflects the turbulent, shifting power of the region – remnants from pre-Roman, Moorish and Baroque times are all visible here. Osuna is a truly grand town with some stunning examples of Andalucian architectural styles. The most striking is the collection of Baroque 16th-century palaces that dominate the old streets around Plaza Mayor, the heart of this lovely town.

Priego de Cordoba and Zuheros - Just inside Córdoba province, these two gems are stunning in very different ways: one offers a masterclass in Baroque architecture, the other sheer drama, clinging to a rocky outcrop. A circular route taking in the two, makes for a full-day trip. Priego boomed during the 18th century, when it was a centre of silk production. The wealth created funded the town’s Baroque architecture, some of the finest in the region. Zuheros is a gorgeous pueblo blanco sitting high above the valley and is dominated by its Moorish castle. Also discover La Cueva de los Murcielagos (The Bat Cave), an amazing setting for the Neolithic hand paintings you’ll find within.

Alhama de Granada - In the shadow of the Sierra Nevada, perched on the edge of a deep gorge, sits Alhama de Granada. Today, it is a quiet backwater, but its strategic position near to its bigger namesake and its capture by the Christians in the late 1400s, lead to a chain of events resulting in the eventual expulsion of the Moors from Andalucía.

Olvera and Setenil de las Bodegas - The joy of this trip lies in not only the two towns themselves but also the beautiful countryside you pass through en route, as the landscape changes dramatically on the winding roads, with the rolling hills of Cádiz before you. Olvera’s skyline is dominated by the 12th-century Moorish castle, from where you can enjoy stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Setenil, one of our favourite places to visit, is renowned for its houses built under the huge overhanging rocks that dominate a townscape that weaves along a river gorge.