The Sierras Subbéticas natural park has been classified by UNESCO as a Geopark. It is a protected space with great ecological and scenic wealth and has a surface area of 31 568 Ha covering the towns Cabra, Priego de Córdoba, Carcabuey, Doña Mencía, Iznájar, Luque, Rute and Zuheros.
This mountainous area’s most characteristic feature is its beautiful limestone Karst landscape. The land, made up of sharp slopes and hills, rises above breathtaking, narrow valleys. The typically Mediterranean vegetation is rich in holm and gall oak, as well as maple trees and hackberries. The most outstanding landscapes are found in the Sierra de Cabra. Its highest peak is El Picacho (1217 m) and is known as the “Balcón de Andalusia” (Andalusia’s balcony). The peaks la Tiñosa (1570 m) and Bermejo (1476 m) that form part of the Sierra de Horconera close to Priego de Córdoba, provide a wonderful setting.
There are many hiking and mountain trails in the Sierras Subbéticas natural park, such as the Vía Verde de la Subbética.It can be carried out on foot, by bike or on horseback and is the perfect way to take in this ecological space’s unique beauty and learn about its wide variety of flora and fauna. There are also many opportunities to spotgriffon vultures, golden eagles and Bonelli’s eagles, as well as the peregrine falcons and Egyptian vultures.
There are several companies in Cabra and Priego de Córdoba that offer nature activities including horse riding, bike routes or even adventure sports.