Cordoba Province - Southern Hills

Villages

Aguilar de la Frontera Castro del Río
Aguilar de la Frontera is a very pretty small town of approximately 13 thousand inhabitants.
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Castro del Río is a village famous for its olive oil. Local crafts include furniture made from olive wood, which has been exported as far as Japan.
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Espejo Fernán Nuñez
The magnificent Castillo Residencial looms over this whitewashed village, built in the early 14th century. Another interesting building is the Iglesia Parroquial de San Bartolomé, from the 15th century and featuring a Gothic altarpiece.
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The town is located in an area rich in archaeological remains.
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Montalbán Montemayor
Walking the village streets, visitors should look out for the Ermita del Calvario and the Ermita Madre de Díos, the two most interesting buildings.
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Montemayor is part of the Ruta de Castillos, with two located in the village. The Castillo Ducla de Frías with three impressive towers, and the ruins of the Castillo de Dos Hermanas.
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Montilla Monturque
This village is world-famous for its wine, and endless fields of grape-vines punctuate a landscape of gentle rolling hills.
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From the Mirador de los Paseillos, known as the "Balcón del Mundo" (Balcony of the World), visitors can get amazing panoramic views over Córdoba province.
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Moriles Nueva Carteya
This village is of particular interest to those interested in wine culture. Visit in the last week of September for the fiesta de la Cata Anual del Vino.
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The most interesting buildings to visit here are the Ermita de San Pedro, the Iglesia de San Pedro and the Plaza del Marques de Estrella. Visitors should also sample the excellent olive oil with a Designation of Origin.
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La Rambla Puente Genil
Pottery has become one of the main attractions of this village. Even in prehistoric times, residents were making glsses and bowls out of mud which are now on display at Minilla.
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Famous for its meat jellies, this village also offers visitors an interesting historical and artistic heritage.
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San Sebastián de los Ballesteros Santaella
Residents of this village are known as Germans, due too the large amount of colonies that fled Germany and settled here after the expulsion of the Jesuits.
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One of the best times to visit this village is during August, when the Plaza Mayor and Adarve árabe are transformed into a scene from the Middle Ages to celebrate with a medieval dinner.
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Valenzuela
El Día del Corpus, the biggest fiesta in Valenzuela, has been declared a Fiesta de Interes Turístico.
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Parks

Laguna del Rincón Laguna de Zóñar
Located midway between Seville and Córdoba in a valley of low hills, Ecija is home to several magnificent baroque churches.
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With its surface measuring 37ha, the Laguna de Zóñar is the largest of a series of inland saline lakes in southern Cordoba province and the deepest in Andalucia.
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South of Cordoba, the N331 threads its way through the undulating fields known as La Campiña, dominated by vineyards and vast olive groves.

Surrounded by vineyards, Montilla is famous for its excellent wine of the same name; visit one of its bodegas to try it for yourself. Ten kilometres south of Montilla is Aguilar de la Frontera, worth a stop to see its unusual octagonal square. Southwest of Aguilar is the protected Laguna de Zóñar Natural Reserve, the most important lake for birds in Cordoba. It is most impressive in winter, when hundreds of ducks flock here. Also south of Aguilar, on the road to Moriles, is another protected lake, the Laguna del Rincón Natural Reserve, with similar birds to the Laguna de Zóñar as well as the occasional flamingo.