Cordoba Province - La Carlota

King Carlos III, Don Pablo de Olávide and the count of Campomares. © Michelle Chaplow
King Carlos III, Don Pablo de Olávide and the count of Campomares.

Monuments & Architecture | Gastronomy | Local Festivals | Directions

The Cordoban town of La Carlota is named after King Carlos III who founded the present day town in an area known as the La Parilla desert in an attempt to re-populate the area. Interestingly, the area attracted immigrants from central Europe, a fact that has left its mark on the faces of many local descendents of those - mainly German - founders.

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The area around La Carlota hosts various archeological sites with remains from the Paleolithic times on through the Bronze age. The entire municipality has been declared a to be of cultural interest by the Junta de Andalucia and is therefore, well worth the visit.


The Town Hall. © Michelle Chaplow
The Town Hall.

If monuments are what you're looking for, then La Carlota will not disappoint you. Starting off with the Real Posada y Fonda, we have a building dating back to the 18th century that was first designed as an inn to serve those following the "camino real" (royal road).

Next, the Government's Subdelegate Palace (Palacio de la Subdelegación de la Intendencia) is where you'll find the town hall and also King Carlos III's shield gracing the face of the building. This is another example of the town's 18th century architecture.

The Purísima Concepción (Purest Conception) church offers a glimpse of La Carlota's version of the Barroque with three naves. Then, the Plaza del Mercado de Abastos brings in a touch of neoclassicism and this area is put to good use by the present day municipal market, attracting fresh goods from the surrounding countryside. And finally the "Casas de Colonos" provides an example of the town's most traditional homes as they date back to La Carlota's founding days.



It is always recommendable to sample the local cuisine in every Andalucian town as even the most traditional plates often have their own version in every corner of the region. The best of La Carlota pastries can be found in its "gachas", fried milk (leche frita), "rosquillas de santo" and the "pestiños". Meanwhile if you're planning to have lunch or dinner in the town, try the local version of Andalucian "cocido"(stew) or the "salmorejo", sausage boiled in wine (chorizo hervido con vino), and don't forget the fresh fish as the town's people do like to add their special touch to maritime fare brought in from the coast.



Door knob. © Michelle Chaplow
Door knob.

February 1 - The La Candelaria festival involves traditional dance, candle light and special "rosquilla" pastries - especially for the children.

Easter Sunday - The children of La Carlota hang a little basket with a single brightly coloured hard boiled egg around their necks.

May 15 - The San Isidro "romerí­a" pilgrimage takes locals in covered wagons to the Las Pinedas mountain where they have a Catholic mass.

July 5 - This is Colonization Day which commemorates the arrival of central Europeans. The town celebrates with culture week, an 18th century-style market and a flamenco song contest.

August 28 - In Spanish this is called the "Verbena del Emigrante" or the Emmigrants Summer Party. It takes place in the church plaza where food and music traditionally welcomed back those who had emmigrated from the towns in order to find work elsewhere.

Mid-September - La Carlota's main festival is a week in honor of the "Cristo de la Misericordia" (Christ of Mercy).



La Carlota is just 30 kilometers from Córdoba capital. Take the A-4 following the signs to La Carlota and then turn off on the A-445, continuing to follow the signs until you reach the village.