Zahara de la Sierra
Zahara de la Sierra
Zahara de la Sierra is in the heart of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, with an area of 71,30 km2, in the north-eastern extreme of Cádiz province, over the side of the Jaral mountains, in the “Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos”, from where we can contemplate beautiful views of the surrounding areas: to the north, Algodonales and Líjar mountains; to the west, the stream of Bocaleones and Sierra Margarita (Prado del Rey and El Bosque); to the south, Arroyomolinos, Monte Prieto, Sierra Blanquilla – Puerto de las Palomas- and Sierra del Pinar (Grazalema); to the east, the rock Algarín (El Gastor) with spectacular views to the reservoir.
The first human remains go back to the Prehistory (Neolithic or Calcolithic), anyway its history is not well documented until the period of the Reconquest. It seems that the ancient Lestigi and the historians do not agree about if its origin is Celtiberian or Roman. In any case the first documentary proof dates from 1282 when Alfonso X “el sabio” asked for help to the Sultan de los Benimerines, Ben Yusef oR Abu-Yusuf Ya’qub (1258–1286) , in order to help him against his son’s uprising, the future Sancho IV. The Sultan calls him in Zahara that is an important fortress and frontier of the Nasrids. From 1407 to 1481 it is occupied by the Christians who lose it in 1481 fell into the hands of the Nasrids. This conquest is taken by the Christians like pretext to start the war against Granada. The final fall of Zahara is taken up in 1483 by Rodrigo Ponce de León.
Monuments in Zahara de la Sierra
Church of Santa María de la Mesa
Chapel of San Juan de Letrán
Torre del Reloj
Remains of El Castillo and Torre del Homenaje
Calles y resto del Pueblo
Remains of the Antigua Iglesia Mayor (from the XV to the XVII century)
Llano del Reves (pinsapara) Pto. Acebuche
Zahara – Puerto Las Palomas – Monte Prieto
Zahara – Arroyo Molinos – Cueva del Susto – Zah
Zahara – Garganta Seca – Puerto de La Breña
Zahara – Puerto de las Cumbres – Pinsapar
Zahara – Puente de Los Palominos – Zahara
Zahara – La Bodega – Zahara
Zahara – La Garganta Verde – Zahara
Zahara – San Cristobal – Zahara
Zahara de la Sierra Gastronomy
In the gastronomy of Zahara we can emphasize the porridges, omelettes and asparagus stews, golden thistles, Swiss chards with chickpeas, quemones, “sopa hervía” (with garlic, asparagus, bread, oil and salt) or “sopa tostá”, tomato soup, menudo, cold meats (especially salami and other pork products), quince jelly, different varieties ofolives, etc.
How to get there
You access to Zahara de la Sierra by the Motorway A-382 (Jerez Fra.- Antequera), that links straight with the CA-531 (Algodonales-Grazalema) which allows us to access the town and the rest of the Pueblos Blancos de la Sierra. Likewise, the A-382 links with the A-473 (Sevilla-Ronda-Costa del Sol) put us into contact with the mountain range of Ronda and with Málaga.
Distances from Zahara de la Sierra
Cádiz 120 km
Ronda 32 km
Olvera 28 km
Sevilla 105 km
Villamartín 31 km
Algodonales 9 km
Jerez de la Frontera 81 km
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