The Sierras Subbéticas Natural Park is a stunningly beautiful, rugged park located in the heart of Andalucia between the three great cities of Cordoba, Granada and Seville. It lies within a comarca or district also called Sierras Subetticas.
The tourist office in Rute is located in the Parque Nuestra Señora del Carmen, a pleasant green space which sits on the western side of the town. The park is the largest and most important in the town, housing not only the tourist office but also an open-air theatre space, a charming fish pond and a children's play area.
Rute overlooks the Iznájar reservoir, and is dwarfed by the Sierra de Rute that looms above it. It is best known for manufacturing aguardiente de anís, an aniseed-flavoured liqueur, the industry for which has been thriving here since the nineteenth century. It has around 9800 inhabitants.
Set in the countryside outside Rute and overlooking the Sierra Subbética Mountains, El Rincón de Carmen offers cottages with terraces. It features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, as well as a jacuzzi to rent.