The Subbética – The ‘Green Heart’ of Andalucia

  • This little-known region of southern Spain lies in the heart of Andalucia, between the three great cities Cordoba, Granada and Seville, and just a 90-minute drive from Malaga.
  • Gloriously rural and unspoilt, it’s home to the UNESCO-protected Parque Natural Sierras Subbéticas – a massive 320 sq. km to explore on foot or by bike: you’ll rarely see another person along your chosen route.
  • A birdwatcher’s dream, you’ll find one of southern Spain’s largest breeding colonies of griffon vultures in the park, plus many other bird species such as booted, Bonelli’s and short-toed eagles… as well as a rich variety of wildflowers.
  • There is no light pollution here, bringing fabulous dark skies and making the region suberb for stargazing.
  • Base yourself at one of the charming small hotels and B&Bs that are dotted around the Subbética, each serving home-cooked meals using delicious local produce.
  • Sample world-class olive oils, sweet Montilla-Moriles wines, artisan goat’s cheese, and visit Rute –  famous for its anís production – where you can taste the aniseed-flavoured liqueur at any of several bodegas in the village.

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