Priego de Cordoba – A Jewel of Andalucia

Priego de Cordoba sits in the heart of Andalusia, surrounded by a landscape of mountains, olive trees and picturesque rock escarpments. The town is built on the edge of a plateau, which ensures that the approach by car is both dramatic and memorable.Priego has encapsulated within it the history of the region. Moorish castle, alongside Catholic Churches, illustrating the clash of religion and culture that characterized hundreds of years of Spanish history.

Today the adjacent square is a location where locals patronize the cafes and restaurants, enjoying the ambience of a balmy Spanish evening

A visit to Priego is a must if you visit Andalucia. Walk through the original Muslim area, known as the ‘Villa’. Here white streets are narrow and the air is full of the scent of flowers. It is not difficult to imagine a former era when the district would have pulsated with Moorish life. Adjacent is the Adarve, a natural viewpoint open to the Andaluz countryside with its uneven cliff, which guaranteed Priego’s security throughout its history.Leaving the Adarve you approach the Moorish castle. Today the adjacent square is a location where locals patronize the cafes and restaurants, enjoying the ambience of a balmy Spanish evening.Few streets in Spain can compare with Calle Rio lined with grand houses, which all have one thing in common – magnificent facades.

Here white streets are narrow and the air is full of the scent of flowers

Here the merchants of Priego lived when the town was at its most prosperous during the 18th century. But along this street is another gem – The Fuente del Rey (or Kings Fountain). It is organized in three tanks surrounded by 139 spouts and was reputed at one time to be the largest fountain in Spain – a claim which I’m sure is not unique.A few days in Priego will be amply rewarded. Beautiful streets, wonderful plazas, magnificent Baroque churches and most important of all – the one thing guide books don’t mention – the friendly Priegans who will endeavour to make your visit one you will never forget.

Today the adjacent square is a location where locals patronize the cafes and restaurants, enjoying the ambience of a balmy Spanish evening

Casa de Suenos Guesthouse is only a short car journey away – more details at [http://www.suenos-es.com]

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