BARRIO DE LA VILLA Y BALCÓN DEL ADARVE
The Barrio de la Villa, or Old Quarter, was given the official title of Historic Centre of Priego in 1972. Its roots go back directly to mediaeval and Moorish times, and it is part of a family of the most typically Andalucían barrios -- the Albaicín in Granada or the Judería of Córdoba.
The narrow winding whitewashed streets offer a perfect blend of peace and beauty; a picture of tranquility, painted with sunlight, flowers and stone.
We suggest that the visitor simply wanders through its quiet undiscovered corners: a particularly rewarding walk begins at the Plaza Santa Ana, then along Calle Real as far as the Placita de San Antonio – a beautiful tucked-away spot – to Jazmines, across Calle Real once again, coming out through Bajondillo to the Adarve, the window onto the Andalucían landscape, which encircles and embraces the Barrio de la Villa.
This sheer rock face of impressive dimensions has been a guarantee of Priego’s safety over the centuries. In the streets above, three fountains murmur constantly, always ready to slake the traveller’s thirst: and down below, the river meanders through the fertile fields, the hills, the olives……