Cabra – Sierras Subbeticas
Cabra is a town located to the south of the province, in the foothills of the Sierras Subbéticas, in a landscape that has large areas of olive groves, orchards around the city and a large mountain range, included in the Natural Park of Sierras Subbéticas, which has a strong relief with limestone elevations and valleys full of oaks and gall oaks and poplars on the banks of waterways. In this place you can enjoy many interesting places such as El Picacho, Viñuela, Nava, etc.
The city, surrounded by gardens seems to be an oasis in the countryside, forming a noble, clean and care group; full of buildings, streets and places of interest such as the Fuente del Río, the Castle and the baroque Church of La Asunción, that retains the floor of a mosque, the Puerta del Sol, and many stately homes.
It claimed its founding to Iúrdalos although its oldest name is Greek, Aigagros, which means Spanish Ibex.
Plinio names Egabrum among the most famous cities of the Empire. Roman remains are abundant throughout the town and its exploitation of marble quarrying red.
This place so prominent will be one of the first aspects of Christianity in Roman Andalusia, being evangelized by Hissio, first Bishop of the city, in the III century it will become Episcopal See.
The fights between Muslims and Christians in the Middle Ages make it a strategic place, so that the King of Granada Mohamed I will order to strengthen his castle and walls.
Cabra will be conquered in 1244 and being in Christian power, the King Alfonso IX of León will give it to his son Alfonso, Lord of Aliger. Alfonso X will give Cabra to Córdoba in 1258. His son Sancho el Bravo, with no respect for parental decision, donated to the Infante D. Pedro and he to his son Sancho who exchange it, in 1295, to the Order of Calatrava.
After several victories, both by Muslims and Christians, it passes into the hands of D. Enrique, Count of Cabra.
In 1455, Cabra is donated to Diego Fernández de Córdoba, Marshal of Castilla and Lord of Baena, with the title of Count of Cabra, governed by the Jurisdiction of Córdoba from the time of Alfonso X.
Church of San Juan Bautista (baroque, XVI-XVIII century).
Iglesia de Ntra. Sra. de la Asunción y Ángeles (XVII century, baroque, Muslim/gothic elements and tower from the XVIII century)
Parroquia de Ntra. Sra. de los Remedios (baroque, XVIII century).
San Juan de Dios Church (from XVI to XVIII, baroque).
Santo Domingo de Guzmán Parish Church
Nuestra Señora de la Sierra Chapel (from XIV to XVI, popular-baroque).
Colegio-Iglesia de las Escolapias (tower of Muslim style, building from the XVII century).
Iglesia Conventual de las Agustinas
Castillo de Cabra.
Real Colegio de Estudios Mayores de la Purísima Concepción, nowadays Instituto
Aguilar y Eslava (at the turn of the XVII century).
Convent-hospital of San Rodrigo (XVI century).
Settlement of Villa Vieja.
Site of La Cuesta de los Pinos.
Caserón del Portillo, San Nicolás, Silla de la Reina, El Fresno and Jarcas (fortified enclosure).
Esculpture of the god Mitra (Museo Arqueológico Provincial).
Sculptural representation of El Río Nilo (Museo Arqueológico Provincial).
Calle Cuesta de San Juan.
Plaza de Santa María (cruz de piedra).
Plaza de Toros (1856).
Plaza de San Agustín con fuente del XVIII.
Parque Alcántara Romero de 1848.
Fuente del Río.
Museo Municipal (archaeology, art, local history).
Large sculptural heritage, altarpiece, sculpture, painting and goldsmithing.
The egabrenses typical dishes are based on land and water from which group is often set its culinary privilege. The garden and the mountains join to give us the rich cuisine. From the first one its fresh vegetables, with delicious vegetable stews, and from the second one its tasty meat, with great marinades.
The rich gastronomy of this land is determined by different factors that, generation after generation, have shaped the eating habits. The abundance of water made possible the fertile valley of orchards in Cabra, rich in fruits and vegetables.
The cultivation of vines and olive trees, which produce wines with denomination of origin and olive oil, in the basic Mediterranean diet. Foods of origin seasoned with unquestionable culinary skill, result in dishes such as vegetable stew, the empedrao, gazpacho (cold soup), or spinach with chickpeas, without forgetting the desserts and sweets characteristic of each part of the year such as porridge All Saints’ Day, the donuts and tortillas at Christmas or the honey-coated pastry and garrojos at Easter.
We have to pay special mention oil cakes or biscuits of the Augustinian nuns.
Cabra has a varied range of establishments devoted to catering, where you can enjoy from the most traditional and distinctive egabrenses dishes.
How to get there
You have to exit Córdoba, then take E-5 / A-4 towards: N-432m, Granada, Sevilla. Continue along: A-45 and pass around La Rambla. Take the exit towards: Salida 56, A-340, Lucena (north), Puente Genil. At the roundabout, take the salida 1 and continue: A-318. Alleyway of Lucena , take A-339, turn left: CP-089 and you get Cabra.
Distances from Cabra
Lucena 12 km
Zuheros 24 km
Córdoba 82 km
Doña Mencía 19 km
Priego de Córdoba 26 km
The Picacho Klippe
The Picacho Peak is a unique lookout to see the three geographical and geological units comprising Andalusia, because it is located in its very centre.
The Characteristic Picacho outline is related with its tectonic nature (Klippe). During the XIV International Geological Congress, celebrated in 1926, the Picacho was selected as starting point of the excursions programed in Andalusia. Subsequently, in 1929, it was declared Natural Site of National Interest, one of the first protection figures stablished in Spain.