by Autentical expert Michael Madsen.

The whitewashed Andalusian villages are beautiful and cozy – especially if you go where all the others don’t go – and avoid the most famous places. But there is a small village that is particularly nice, characterized by its location on the edge of the cliffs and with a beautiful profile from below: Zuheros has been chosen several times as one of the most beautiful villages in Spain.

The village is located in the province of Cordoba, right next to the nature park “Sierras Subbéticas “and next to one of the abandoned railway lines “Vias Verdes”. When you walk or drive through the village there is not much to see. But if you see it from the street below – or even better; see it from the old railway line “Via Verde” – it has a fantastic profile and it is a fine example of a whitewashed Andalusian village.

The “Sierras Subbeticas de Cordoba” Natural Park, bordering Zuheros, is a large nature reserve with beautiful trails for hiking and small roads for driving through. Also the beautiful chapel “Ermita Virgen de la Sierra”, a little unknown treasure that you may have all to yourself when visiting. Higher on the mountain behind Zuheros you may find the bat cave “Cueva de los Muercelagos”, the only actual sight of the place which is unknown to most foreigners. You have to book here beforehand – otherwise it will be closed.

Zuheros is best explored by bike. One of the old abandoned railway lines “Via Verde del Aceite”, which is now being used as a bike trails, runs right in front and below Zuheros – and is the best place to experience the beautiful village. “Vias verdes” is perfect – both for cycling holidays and for a single bike tour on your vacations. There are great accommodation options along the railway lines – and lots of options for renting bicycles.

The region is particularly known for its olive oil. The neighboring town of Baena is the best known location for high quality olive oil in Andalusia – and the entire area is filled with olive groves as far as the eye reaches. Try the fresh, green and fragrant local oil on a slice of bread – that is the ultimate ‘tapa’ in the Cordoba area.

 

2 nice accommodation options near Zuheros:

El Cortijillo (Luque/Zuheros). Remember that you found it on Autentical! Book it on

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Sierra de Araceli (Lucena). Remember that you found it on Autentical! Book it on

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