Trips and walks nearby or further afield

Hostal Aljibe is situated midway between the bustling vacation city of Malaga and the historic towns of Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla, so plenty of things to explore on a day-trip or hike.

There are plenty of hidden gems in the countryside surrounding Archidona….let’s explore some of them.

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We have listed all the sights, restaurants, walks, cycling routes and beaches we have already tested ourselves and found worthwhile.

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30 min drive

The Bridge

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The beautiful lake of Iznajar has a large natural beach where you can swim in summer, kayak, rent pedal boats and sunbathe.

The Lake


There is also a small bar just at the beach. Ideal when you want to avoid the busy coast, but still want to take a dip and get some sun.

The Town

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The waterlevel of the lake is at an all time low, so the pictures and reality are not in sync anymore. Come and see Climatchange in action !

Antequera City Walk

30 min drive + 1 hour easy walk (without stops) – see our google map

C. Barbacana

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Antequera is situated on the route that connects the coast with the inland.
Many relics from the Bronze and Roman era can still be seen there.

View Plaza St Maria


The Moorish city walls towering above the city are certainly worth visiting. The view over the city from the plaza of the Castillo Arabe is breathtaking.

View Arco de los Gigantes

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The city also has a large number of religious buildings (23 churches and monasteries) which you can visit during a trip through the historic city center.

El Torcal de Antequera – National Park

50 min drive

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Located south of the city, it is known for its karst rocks, formed by erosion. There are different signposted selfguiding trails.

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The area is especially known for its large colony of griffon vultures that regularly circle the area and can be observed from the different platforms or on the trails.

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The area is very popular with hikers and ornithologists because of its fantastic fauna, flora and vistas to the coast in clear weather.


1 hour drive

Patio de los naranjos

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The city’s historic centre and its Mosque-Cathedral (Mezquita) have been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


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Discover one of the most beautiful and unique buildings in the world. This monument, a world heritage site, offers us an exceptional tour 


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Known for its Cruces de Mayo festival and the Festival de los Patios, where locals have been decorating their patios with beautiful flowers and ceramics and opening them to the public since 1918.

Caballerizas Reales – Cordoba

1 hour drive


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The Royal Horse Stables are highly recommended (especially with children). There are daily shows centered around horses and flamenco.

Selfdrive Sierra Subbética

4 hour drive


218 km (4h – no stops)



Nestled in the quaint town of Archidona, Hostal Aljibe serves as the perfect starting point for your adventure. The cozy accommodations and warm hospitality set the tone for an unforgettable journey. Before hitting the road, take a moment to explore the town’s historic charm and perhaps enjoy a local delicacy.


A Glimpse into the Past

Lucena’s roots run deep, tracing back to ancient times when it served as a strategic stronghold for various civilizations. The town’s historical significance is palpable as you wander through its labyrinthine streets, each corner whispering tales of bygone eras. At the heart of Lucena lies the majestic Castillo del Moral, an imposing fortress that stands as a testament to the town’s storied past. With its towering walls and commanding presence, the castle offers a glimpse into Lucena’s medieval heritage.

Exploring Lucena’s Jewish Quarter

One of Lucena’s most fascinating aspects is its Jewish quarter, a testament to the town’s multicultural past. As you meander through the narrow alleys and winding streets, you’ll encounter remnants of Lucena’s Jewish community, including synagogues, baths, and other historical landmarks. The Jewish quarter provides a poignant reminder of Lucena’s role as a center of Jewish life and culture in medieval Spain.

Cultural Attractions and Landmarks

In addition to its historical and culinary offerings, Lucena boasts a wealth of cultural attractions and landmarks. The town is home to several beautiful churches and convents, each showcasing exquisite architecture and religious art. The Church of San Mateo, with its stunning Mudejar-style bell tower, and the Convent of Santa Clara, renowned for its Baroque facade and ornate interiors, are just a few of Lucena’s architectural gems waiting to be discovered.


A Tapestry of Andalusian Heritage

As the wheels turn, the landscapes transform, guiding you to Cabra, a town nestled amid olive groves and rolling hills.

Nestled amidst the rolling hills and olive groves of Sierra Subetica, the town of Cabra stands as a testament to Andalusia’s rich cultural heritage. With its historic landmarks, charming streets, and warm ambiance, Cabra invites visitors to immerse themselves in its timeless allure.

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At the heart of Cabra lies a wealth of historical treasures waiting to be discovered. The Church of Asunción, a majestic architectural gem dating back to the 16th century, dominates the skyline with its towering presence. Its intricate facade and ornate interior speak to the town’s religious heritage and architectural prowess. Nearby, the Tower of Hercules, an ancient watchtower dating back to the Moorish era, offers a glimpse into Cabra’s medieval past.

Wandering through the streets of Cabra, one can’t help but be enchanted by the town’s vibrant cultural tapestry. Whitewashed houses adorned with colorful flower pots line the narrow cobblestone streets, exuding a quintessential Andalusian charm. Plaza de España, the central square, serves as the lively heart of Cabra, where locals gather to socialize and bask in the warm Mediterranean sun.

Natural beauty

Surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of Sierra Subbética, Cabra offers ample opportunities for outdoor exploration and adventure. The lush countryside, dotted with olive groves and almond orchards, beckons hikers and nature enthusiasts to explore its scenic trails. The nearby Genilla River provides a tranquil setting for picnics and leisurely strolls, while the surrounding mountains offer panoramic views of the Andalusian countryside.

Gateway to Adventure on the Via Verde Subbeticas

Cabra also serves as an ideal starting point for adventure seekers embarking on the Via Verde Subbeticas. Cyclists and hikers alike can begin their journey here, setting off on a trail that promises stunning vistas, cultural encounters, and natural wonders. The town’s accessibility and amenities make it a convenient base for exploring the Via Verde and its surrounding attractions.

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Ermitat Virgin de la Sierra

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Leaving Cabra behind, the road winds its way to the spiritual sanctuary of Ermita Virgen de la Sierra. Perched atop a hill, this chapel offers not just a view but an experience that touches the soul. The panoramic vistas unfold, providing a perfect backdrop for moments of quiet reflection and connection with the spiritual essence of the Sierra Subetica.

Bonus Adventure

A Hike to Remember – Unveiling Vistas Near Ermita Virgen de la Sierra

For those who opt for the shortcut from Ermita Virgen de la Sierra to Stage Three – Priego de Cordoba, a hidden gem awaits just opposite the road descent, marked by a monumental snail statue. This unexpected detour adds a touch of adventure to your journey, providing an opportunity to stretch your legs and immerse yourself in nature.

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As you approach the snail statue, a small visitors center comes into view, serving as the gateway to an unassuming yet captivating hiking trail. The snail, an emblem of slow and deliberate exploration, hints at the leisurely pace of this enchanting detour.

Embark on the hiking trail, and let the path unfold beneath your feet. The ascent is gentle, surrounded by the natural beauty of Sierra Subetica. The trail leads to panoramic vistas that unveil the expansive landscapes below, offering a breathtaking perspective of the region’s undulating hills and olive groves.

Pause at designated viewpoints to absorb the tranquility and savor the moment. The vastness of the scenery below, coupled with the fresh mountain air, creates a serene atmosphere that contrasts with the dynamic energy of your self-drive adventure.

This unexpected hiking detour adds a touch of spontaneity to your self-drive tour, proving that the road less traveled often leads to the most memorable experiences. Whether you choose to retrace your steps through Cabra or embark on this bonus hike, Sierra Subetica continues to reveal its wonders, one adventure at a time. Stay tuned for more surprises as your self-drive odyssey unfolds in the heart of Andalusia.

Choose Your Path – Exploring Stage Two or Opting for a Shortcut

Once you’ve immersed yourself in the serenity of Ermita Virgen de la Sierra, it’s time to make a pivotal decision that will shape the next leg of your adventure. You have two compelling options to consider.

Option 1: Retrace Your Steps Through Cabra for Stage Two

Embark on a nostalgic journey back through Cabra, allowing yourself to relish the landscapes and cultural treasures once more. This route will unveil familiar sights in a new light, and perhaps you’ll uncover hidden gems you missed on your initial drive. As the road winds through olive groves and historic towns, Stage Two promises a continuation of the enchantment that Sierra Subetica has to offer.

Option 2: Direct Path to Stage Three – Priego de Cordoba

For the adventurous spirits seeking a shortcut, the road from Ermita Virgen de la Sierra can lead directly to Stage Three – Priego de Cordoba. By opting for this route, you not only save time but also embark on a more direct path to the next chapter of your self-drive odyssey. The shortcut trims the distance, offering a swift transition from the spiritual haven to the Baroque elegance of Priego de Cordoba.


As Stage One of the self-drive tour through Sierra Subetica comes to a close, you’ve embarked on a mesmerizing journey through Lucena, Cabra, and Ermita Virgen de la Sierra. The cultural richness, culinary delights, and scenic wonders have set the stage for the next chapters of this incredible odyssey. Stay tuned as the wheels keep turning, promising more discoveries and enchantment in the heart of Andalusia’s hidden gem.


As our self-drive adventure through Sierra Subbética unfolds, we find ourselves immersed in the timeless beauty and cultural richness of Andalusia. Step Two of our journey takes us deeper into this captivating region, where we uncover the enchanting white towns of Zuheros and Luque. Join us as we continue to explore the hidden treasures and scenic landscapes that await around every bend of the road.

If you have missed part 1, click here to explore Lucena, Cabra and Virgen de la Sierra


Cliffside Elegance

Our second part of the journey begins in Zuheros, a picturesque white town perched high atop a limestone cliff. As we wind our way through its narrow streets, we’re greeted by the sight of Zuheros Castle, a medieval fortress that commands the skyline. From its lofty vantage point, we’re treated to panoramic views of olive groves and rugged mountains that stretch as far as the eye can see.

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But Zuheros is more than just a stunning backdrop; it’s a town steeped in history and culture. We wander through its whitewashed streets, where ancient houses and hidden courtyards tell stories of bygone eras. We pause to admire the Church of the Savior, an architectural gem with its Mudejar-style bell tower that rises above the rooftops. In Zuheros, we find a sense of tranquility and charm that captivates us from the moment we arrive.

Via Verde Vistas

And did you know that these picturesque villages also serve as captivating stages along the Via Verde Subbéticas?


A Tapestry of Andalusian Heritage

Leaving Zuheros behind, we continue our journey to the charming village of Luque, nestled amidst olive groves and rolling hills. Our first stop is Luque Castle, a fortress that has stood watch over the town for centuries. From its battlements, we’re treated to sweeping views of the surrounding countryside, where the Sierra Subbética mountain range looms in the distance.

But Luque is more than just its castle; it’s a living testament to Andalusia’s rich cultural heritage. We wander through its historic center, where whitewashed houses and ancient churches line the streets. We pause to explore hidden squares and quiet corners, where the rhythm of daily life unfolds at a leisurely pace. In Luque, we find a sense of connection to the land and its people that leaves a lasting impression.

Rest and Reflection: The Rejuvenated Estación de Luque

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In the midst of our cycling journey along the Via Verde Subbeticas, the restored Estación de Luque emerges as a welcome oasis, inviting tired cyclists and curious travelers alike to pause, relax, and indulge in a moment of respite. Nestled amidst the olive groves and rolling hills of Sierra Subbética, this historic station has been lovingly restored to its former glory, offering a glimpse into the region’s rich cultural heritage.

As we dismount our bikes and step inside the Estación de Luque, we’re greeted by the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the warm embrace of Andalusian hospitality. The station’s charming cafe and covered terrace beckons us to take a seat, unwind, and recharge our batteries after a morning of cycling. It’s the perfect place to catch our breath and savor the moment.

A Journey Through Olive History

But the Estación de Luque is more than just a place to rest; it’s also home to the Olive Museum, a fascinating tribute to the region’s most iconic crop. As we wander through its halls, we’re transported back in time to the days when olive cultivation was the lifeblood of Sierra Subbética. From ancient harvesting techniques to modern olive oil production methods, the museum offers a comprehensive look at the olive’s journey from orchard to table.

Gateway to Adventure on the Via Verde Subbeticas

As we linger in the Estación de Luque, savoring our coffee and perusing the exhibits of the Olive Museum, we’re filled with a sense of gratitude for the opportunity to experience this corner of Andalusia. The station’s restored beauty and cultural significance serve as a poignant reminder of the region’s rich history and enduring spirit. And as we prepare to continue our cycling adventure along the Via Verde Subbeticas, we carry with us memories of rest, reflection, and the timeless allure of Sierra Subbética.

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As Step Two of our self-drive journey comes to a close, we’re filled with gratitude for the beauty and wonder we’ve encountered along the way. Join us as we continue to explore Sierra Subbética in Step Three, where new adventures and discoveries await around every corner.




A Sneak Peek into Our Self-Drive Tour

Welcome, fellow travelers, to the beginning of an exhilarating journey through the heart of Andalusia—a road trip like no other awaits! As we set out on a self-drive adventure, weaving through the picturesque landscapes of southern Spain, one destination stands out as a jewel in our crown: Priego de Córdoba. However, this is just a teaser, a mere glimpse into the treasures that lie ahead on our great odyssey.


Nestled in the heart of Andalusia, Spain, Priego de Córdoba is a hidden gem that beckons travelers with its rich history, captivating culture, and awe-inspiring landscapes. This charming town, perched on the foothills of the Subbética mountain range, offers a unique blend of Moorish and Baroque influences that make it a must-visit destination for those seeking an authentic Spanish experience. Join us on a virtual tour as we explore the enchanting charms of Priego de Córdoba, delving into its historical sites, cultural wonders, and the mesmerizing vistas that await every visitor.

Historical Marvels

Priego de Córdoba boasts a fascinating history that is reflected in its well-preserved architectural wonders. Begin your journey in the heart of the town at the Barrio de la Villa, a labyrinth of narrow streets that wind through white-washed houses adorned with vibrant flowers. Here, you’ll discover the Moorish influence in the intricate tilework, archways, and courtyards that transport you back in time.

Adjacent to the Barrio de la Villa, you’ll discover the Balcón del Adarve—a promenade that unveils panoramic views of Priego and the surrounding Subbética mountains. This vantage point serves as a gateway to the town’s cultural and historical wonders, providing a breathtaking introduction to the landscapes that unfold before you.

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A highlight of Priego’s historical treasures is the Baroque-style Church of La Asunción. Marvel at the intricate façade and step inside to witness the opulent interiors adorned with golden altars, sculptures, and ornate frescoes. The nearby Carnicerías Reales, a former slaughterhouse turned into a Renaissance-style building, showcases the town’s commitment to preserving its architectural heritage.

Cultural Delights

Immerse yourself in the local culture by exploring Priego’s numerous museums and cultural institutions. The Adarve Castle, perched on a hill overlooking the town, offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and provides insight into Priego’s military history. The Archaeological Museum, housed in the historic San Francisco Church, presents artifacts spanning from prehistoric times to the medieval era.

For a taste of traditional Andalusian arts, visit the Casa Museo Niceto Alcalá-Zamora. This museum honors the town’s most famous son, Niceto Alcalá-Zamora, who served as the president of the Spanish Republic. The museum showcases his life and the cultural richness of Priego de Córdoba through a diverse collection of exhibits.

Must-See Vistas

One of the most captivating aspects of Priego de Córdoba is its breathtaking natural surroundings. Head to the Fuente del Rey, a beautiful fountain surrounded by gardens and statues, where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll amidst the tranquility of nature. The nearby Myrtle Grove (La Fuente de las Lagartosas) is a hidden oasis with lush vegetation, ancient trees, and a serene pond—an ideal spot for relaxation.

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Venture into the Subbética Natural Park, where you’ll encounter rugged landscapes, olive groves, and picturesque hiking trails. The Sierras Subbéticas mountain range provides a stunning backdrop to the town and offers hiking enthusiasts unparalleled views of the Andalusian countryside.


Priego de Córdoba stands as a testament to the rich tapestry of Spanish history and culture. From its well-preserved historical sites to the captivating vistas that surround the town, Priego beckons travelers to embark on a journey of discovery. Whether you’re an architecture enthusiast, a history buff, or a nature lover, Priego de Córdoba promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you enchanted and inspired. Pack your bags and set out to explore this hidden gem in the heart of Andalusia—it’s a journey you won’t soon forget.


From Priego take the road to Iznajar and the lake to take a refreshing dip after al long day or enjoy a glass of wine on one of the many terraces in Iznajar Town. From Iznajar an easy road will take you back to Hostal Aljibe in 30 min.