The regional government’s environment agency has declared part of the Priego region a natural park, the Parque Natural de las Sierras Subbéticas de Córdoba. The area, in the southeast of the province, is one of major ecological and scenic importance, and includes the mountain ranges of Cabra, Rute and the Horconera, near Priego. It covers an area of 31,568 hectares, unequally divided between the towns of Cabra, Carcabuey, Doña Mencía, Iznájar, Luque, Rute,Zuheros and Priego, and it has been declared a Geopark by UNESCO
The Sierra Horconera is particularly interesting for geologists, with its own flora and fauna, and breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Towering above it is the peak of Bermejo, 1,476 metres high, and the highest mountain in Córdoba province, La Tiñosa , 1,570 metres, which together form an impressive limestone montain.
From north to south, we can see the growth of fruit and vegetables all along the River Zagrilla, and the Salado, which winds through the Angosturas gorge, a true natural gateway to Priego. If we trace their course upstream to the natural park, we enter the foothills of the Horconera range, the source of these rivers and others, such as the Genilla and the Tijeras. The river banks conceal a wealth of interesting plants -- a jumble of white and blackpoplars, willows, elms, ashes, tamarisks and wild roses. During the autumn months, they take on the winding form of a multi-coloured serpent, as the leaves turn to a spectrum of shimmering colours.
The Tiñosa mountain trek
Puerto del Cerezo and Las Lagunillas
Trek to the Jardín del Moro via the Dehesa Vichira
The Dolmen de la Lastra, from Zagrilla
The Cave of the Mármoles
Part of European route GR-7
A town walk: beneath the Adarve
One of the greatest attractions of the mountains around Priego is the vegetation. There is a difference of almost 1000 metres between the lowest and highest areas, which allows for a huge variety of plants. The species of greatest botanical value are found in areas of over 1,200 metres above sea level.