Iglesia de San Carlos el Real (Church)
17th century. Former Jesuit Convent. The Jesuits arrived in the town in 1612, initially settling in the outbuildings of the former Hospital de la Encarnación. In a short space of time, they bought the land they needed to build their new church between the streets of Maese Diego, Hornillos and Sevilla, in 1615. Three years later, following the designs created by Pedro Sánchez, work on the Compañía convent began, which would be transformed by various interventions in the 18th century.
C/ Compañía, Osuna
Palacio de Valdehermoso
Valdehermoso palace is very close to Peñaflor palace. The important plateresque portal corresponds to the sixteenth-century Cordoban Renaissance. It stands in the corner of the spacious façade, above which sit robust viewing balconies supported by granite column shafts from the Roman era. Its façade is extraordinary and visitors are recommended to take a moment to admire it. The palace is a private property and is not open to the public.
C/ Emilio Castelar, 37,Écija
Plaza de Toros (bullring)
This was completed in 1892: it is worth noting that it was excavated from solid rock. There are boxes on the upper of its two levels, it can accomodate 7000 spectators, and it enjoys every facility required by modern bullfighting regulations. The opening ceremony was on August 7th, 1892: six bulls from the stables of Don Eduardo Miura were killed by Rafael Molina, known as Lagartijo, and Rafael Bejarano Torerito. Other significant dates were August 7, 1890 – with the bullring not yet completed – when the matador Rafael Guerra Guerrita fought six mature bulls from the stables of the Marquesa Viuda de Saltillo: on September 2nd 1932, a corrida was celebrated in honour of Don Niceto Alcalá-Zamora, the first president of the Second Spanish Republic, with matadors Marcial Lalanda, Manuel Bienvenida, and Domingo Ortega, against the bulls of Manuel Arranz. The corrida marking the centenary of the bullring was held on August 8, 1992, with matadors Miguel Baez Litri, Julio Aparicio, and Finito de Córdoba. Bulls from the stables of Luis Algarra Polera replaced those of the Marques de Ruchena which had been announced in the programme.
Av. de España,Priego de Córdoba
Muestra de la Semana Santa de Baena
The Association of Easter Week brotherhoods from Baena has created a permanent exhibition on the local Easter Week traditions, declared as being of national touristic interest. The exhibition can be found in the Casa de la Condesa, the association’s headquarters, in calle Mesones.The town’s Easter Week groups display different items related to their Easter Week celebrations in this beautiful manor house, in the heart of the historic town centre. This display is a good example for visitors to the town as it explains the unique role of the Judío de Baena (Jew of Baena). This figure’s attire attracts special attention and consists of a red embroidered jacket, black trousers, white shirt, a neckerchief and a metal helmet with impressive imprinted patterns and a brightly coloured plumage coming from the top.Horse hair is also attached to the back of the helmet, which is black (Judío Colinegro) or white (Judío Coliblanco) depending on the brotherhood.
C/ Mesones 37, baena
Barrio de Santiago
We reach Santiago barrio from the peculiar calle Flores. It’s one of the towns oldest and most traditional neighbourhoods, where we can find Santiago parish church. Very close by is the Llano de las Tinajerías, an area where most of the potters workshops and local earthenware craftsmen were all located. Some are still open and can be visited.
Iglesia de San Bartolomé
The Church was built in the 15th century, although it was decorated and transformed during the Baroque Period. The facade of the tower was finished in this period. The parish restoration was carried out in 1975. The main altarpiece from the 18th century stands out, with has its base, three columns, three rows and attic. There also is an important collection of paintings distributed on the walls of the church and the sacristy. One of the most significant is Saint Catherine of Alexandria found in the presbytery. The Jesus of Nazareth Chapel has three altarpieces. Made in 1607 by Francisco de Ocampo the most important.
Calle Prim, 29,Carmona
Palace of the Counts of Santa Ana. Lucena City Interpretation Centre
A magnificent jewel of the civil Baroque architecture of Cordoba. It has been recently restored and converted into a museum and Visitor Centre for the town of Lucena. It is a palace or manor house that belonged to illustrious local families. Two aspects stand out in particular: first, the façade, with its Baroque columns and entablatures, using veined marble from Cabra, which decorate the doors and windows on the two floors; second, in the interior, which is laid out around two arcaded courtyards, a Baroque staircase in one of the courtyards is decorated with 18th-century tiles from Seville. It is covered by a Rococo dome, with decorative plasterwork work depicting architectural motifs and noble coats of arms. As a result of the restoration work that ended in March 2011 a Roman sculpture of the god Cupid was discovered, together with a number of neoclassical murals. Its construction, promoted by Antonio Rafael de Mora and Saavedra, was started in 1730. One of the façades exudes its nobility, comprising two levels, one of ashlar stones and the other with masonry face. The first level has windows with sunken frames which and the second, balconies framed by pilasters and open pediments with ostentatious […]
C/ San Pedro, 42,Lucena
Florencio Aguilera Olive Oil Mill
Aceites Florencio Aguilera is a family business which produces high quality olive oils, opting for the early oil of the Picual variety. The family olive mill is located in the hamlet of La Hortichuela, 12 km from Alcalá la Real, in the small town of Pilas de Fuente Soto. It is an enclave in the heart of nature, surrounded by a forest of olive trees and where families who have traditionally worked the land and farmed livestock live. This is where you can find the heart of Aceites Florencio Aguilera. The company offers walks around the olive grove estate and tasting of local products, sampling of olive oil and tour of the olive mill.
CXRQ+6V Pilas de Fuente Soto
The Vadomojón reservoir is one of the most important in the Andalusian basin. It has a capacity of 163 cubic hectometres and a surface area of 782 hectares and is located in the Albendín district,Baena. The reservoir is used to control the volume of water in the Guadajoz and Guadalquivir rivers. Some of the water is also used to irrigate the olive groves. There is a jetty and picnic area with a kiosk on the Vadomojón, as well as the installations used by the nautical club, with a pit for cleaning boats. The reservoir brings us into direct contact with the countryside and nature: the water separating the olive groves is one of its most appealing attributes. This almost virgin water is navigable, with nothing but nature for the eye to see: no buildings, electricity pylons or roads. Only nature can be heard. Vadomojón reservoir is not only a beautiful setting, it is also one of Córdoba’s most important recreational fishing locations, as it is home to large fish populations, among which are barbel, carp, black bass and trout. Nowadays, it is one of the most important fishing scenes in the province of Córdoba. Aquatic activities can be allowed as a private individual.
embalse de vadomojón, Baena
Exposición Permanente de la Semana Santa (Holy Week Exhibition) in Puente Genil
The former Franciscan convent houses Puente Genil’s permanent Holy Week exhibition, promoted by the ‘Agrupación de Cofradías, Hermandades y Corporaciones Bíblicas’ (Association of Brotherhoods and Biblical Corporations). The exhibition is home to a simulation of life in the cuartel lodgings, with an exhibition of characters and typical cuisine, as well as a video exhibition of Holy Week and Lent. Inside the venue, you can watch a documentary video about Puente Genil’s most important moments of Holy Week; bull runs, processions, important moments for the pallbearers of the floats, Diana al Patrón, Good Friday evening and the characteristics that make Holy Week in Puente Genil unique and unforgettable.
Contralmirante Delgado Parejo y Cañero, 1, Puente Genil