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Iznájar town is on the cusp between the provinces of Córdoba, Granada and Málaga making the whole of Andalucia within easy reach.
Casa La Celada is in the heart of a lovely little aldea, or satellite village, nestled in the foothills of the southerly Sierra Subbetica mountain range.
La Celada village itself has two village shops, one run by the lovely Isabel and the other together with our small bar is run by Juan and Francisco next door. They are all friends and will do whatever they can to help – provided you use the dictionary to help them help you! La Celada also has its own village primary school and olive mill along with one of the prettiest little churches around.
A five minute drive from our front door (or a beautiful 20 minute walk) is the restaurant El Charcon where Antonio and Antonio will feed you til you are bursting – be it for lunch or supper.
The Sierra Subbetica
La Celada is at the feet of the Sierra Subbetica – one of the Iberian Lynx’s last refuges – and so you really can walk straight into the mountains if you choose. Just go up the hill and keep going!
And typical of all Andalucian villages, you will be met with white houses festooned with flowers and decorations winding away into the narrow cobbled distance. Perfect for setting up a tripod or easel.
The fourteen Subbética mountain villages including Iznájar, Rute, Lucena, Cabra, Priego de Córdoba, Zuheros, Luque, Doña Mencía are all a beautiful drive to encounter.
It is impossible not to enjoy our own craggy Iznájar and her amazing mountain sister villages – their far reaching and exquisitely beautiful carpet of silver olive trees, rolling away as far as the eye can see, year after year providing us with delicious olives and olive oil. They are breathtaking.
And to sit in the hot tub soaking up the views of the Sierra Subbética with a glass of local Pedro Ximenez Málaga Wine after a long day soaking up rural Andalucian beauty? Bliss …
Iznajar means “Happy Castle” – and Iznajar certainly lives up to her name. A craggy teetering thriving market town atop a huge rock that juts out into Andalucia’s largest lake – the Embalse de Iznajar – is a fantastic day or half day of exploration.
Click on this link to watch a video of Iznájar Spain, our beautiful Andaluz mountain town, with very dramatic music added! ….
Our Magical Village of Iznájar 3km away
Just a short drive away, you can park at the bottom of the hill and work your muscles with a hike to the top, or you can park in one of the narrow lanes or small carparks that are available throughout the village. Be warned, ALL mountain villagers are used to driving through narrow streets with only an inch or so either side of your wing mirrors – so you will need to be happy to do that too! Either that or leave the car and enjoy the scenery on foot.
The newly refurbished and opened castle and church at the top of Iznajar is a must, as is a coffee and cake in the flower Cafe de Las Comedias with outside balcony that overlooks the lake.
To the north west of Córdoba province we find several mountain ranges including the Parque Natural Sierra Norte, home to jagged rock formations and thousands of hectares of cork forests, a lesser but nevertheless essential industry to Southern Spain. Winding mountain roads lead the wanderer unknowingly on, until a chance encounter with a precariously laden cork lorry, a mass of circling of vultures, a road block of wild boar, an extraordinary sunset, becomes a life-long memory etched into our “awesome sights” file. Trips to the North of the area are well worth it but it is a long day out.
The Via Verde runs throughout Córdoba and Andalucia – it was the original Olive Trail train route and makes for wonderful walks, riding routes or cycle trails – have a look at some of our maps and Walking Guide Books – or just head off out and discover as you go.
El Torcal, a unique Jurassic limestone formation, is one of the most dramatic examples of rock erosion – it’s an absolute MUST for walkers.
El Torcal in Antequera
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