ZUHEROS

 

 

Some 70Km south of Córdoba at 620m above sea level, Zuheros has its roots deep in history. Main attractions are the Church of the sixteenth century, the ArchaeologicalMuseum, theMuseum of Popular Arts and Customs and The Bat Cave.

The first major castle was constructed at the end of the IX century by the soldiers of Banu Himsi on what was known as “sujaira” (Moorish for rock), it is from this word that Zuheros and the hotel derive their names. The population today is 830.

 

Tucked into the side of the limestone cliffs with its narrow, twisting, whitewashed   streets Zuheros offers the visitor spectacular views over the surrounding countryside and is the gateway to theSierraSubbéticaNaturalParkwith its fine walking. The village was declared of Historical and Artistic interest in 2003.

 

Zuheros gives us lots of options for enjoying the cultural, natural and ethnographic heritage, all in a unique and exceptional environment that is not lost; a living paradise.

Routes to Zuheros:

 

–          Córdoba (70 kms) – Espejo – Castro del Río – Baena – Zuheros

–          Granada (105 kms) –Pinos Puente- Alcalá La Real – Alcaudete – Estación de Luque – Zuheros

–          Málaga (120 kms) – Antequera – Lucena – Cabra – Doña Mencía – Zuheros

–          Sevilla (170 kms) – Estepa – Lucena – Cabra – Doña Mencía – Zuheros

–          Madrid (390 kms) – Jaén –Torredelcampo –  Martos –  Estación de Luque – Zuheros

BAT CAVE (Cueva de los Murciélogos)

 

 

Situated some 4Km above Zuheros in the  Cerro de los Murciélagos, the cave has been declared a Natural Monument and is known for its schematic wall  paintings, very important Neolithic discoveries and Roman finds. Scientifically it is one of the most important inEurope.

 

 

 

PRICE

INDIVIDUAL

GROUP

ADULTS

CHILDREN

ADULTS

CHILDREN

6,00 €

5,00 €

5,00 €

4,00 €

(CAVE + MUSEUM + CASTLE +MUSEUMOFCUSTOMSAND POPULAR ART)

INDIVIDUAL

GROUP

ADULTS

CHILDRENS

ADULTS

CHILDRENS

9,00 €

7,00 €

7,00 €

6,00 €

 

Saturday, Sunday and holiday

Hours (Summer)

(1 April till 30 September)

11 h. – 12:30 h. – 14 h.

17:00 h. – 18:30 h.

Hours (Winter)

( 1 October till 31 March)

11 h. – 12:30 h. – 14 h.

16 h. – 17:30 h.

Monday to Friday. No holidays. (reservation in advance)

· Visitas individuales (hasta 20 personas):

12:30 h. – 17:30 h. en Verano

12:30 h. – 16:30 h. en Invierno.

Para grupos de más de 20 personas: el horario es a convenir. (previa reserva)

Closed Monday (No Holiday)

 

Plaza de la Paz, 1

Tel: 957 694 545

informacion@cuevadelosmurcielagos.com

www.cuebadelosmurcielagos.com

CASTLE

 

 

A small fortress built on a prominent rock, spectacularly sited to control the ancient routes that passed below. It was constructed in the IX century by the Moors; there are also remains of the much later Renaissance palace.

 

 

Tel and fax:957 694 545

informacion@cuevadelosmurcielagos.com

 

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Hours (Summer)

(01/04 to 30/09)

10h.-11h.-12h.-13h.-14h.

17h.-18h.-19h.

Hours (Winter)

(01/10 to 31/03)

10h.-11h.-12h.-13h.-14h.

16h.-17h.-18h.

Monday to Friday and no holidays

  Summer:de 10 h. a 14 h. y de 17 h. a 19 h.  Winter: de 10 h. a 14 h. y de 16 h. a 18 h.

 

Adults: 2 €

Chindrens: 1,25 €

ARCHAELOGICAL MUSEUM

 

This small museum is principally concerned with remains from the Bat Cave (bones, vases, bracelets and ceramics) and other finds in the area.

 

Calle Nueva, 1

Telf. y Fax: 957 69 45 45

informacion@cuevadelosmurcielagos.com

 

 

MUSEUM OF CUSTOMS AND POPULAR ART “JUAN FERNÁNDEZ CRUZ”

 

 

The museum is a reflection of times past. It gives a vivid example of how life was, the various skills and trades that were the essence of rural life, the majority of which have been lost over the years.

The museum offers activities with the intention of recuperating some of the lost skills.

–          Days of traditional games that were once played in the streets of Zuheros.

–          Workshops of livestock and artisanal cheese making.

–          Workshop relating traditional basket making using olive branches.

–          Workshops to recover lost traditional instruments and carols of Christmas past and other celebrations.

–          Workshops to recover lost traditional carnival of Zuheros “El melenchón”.

Hours

 Tuesday to Friday     ( 01/10-30/04)

12,00 – 14,00

16,00 – 19,00

Saturday and Sunday (01/10-30/04)

10,30 – 14,30

16,00 – 19,00

 Tuesday to Friday     ( 01/05-30/09)

12,00 – 14,00

17,30 – 20,30

Saturday and Sunday (01/05-30/09)

10,30 – 14,30

17,30 – 20,30

 

Adults: 3.00€

Children:2.00€

 

Calle Santo s/n

Tel: 957 694 690

http/museocostumbres.uco.es

museocostumbres@uco.es

BAT CAVE ECOMUSEUM

 

This is a centre of interpretation dedicated to the nearbyBatCave(200m) and makes for an interesting prelude to a visit to the cave

Monday and Tuesday

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

Closed

10:00h to 14:00h

10:00h to 14:00h

 16:00h to 18:00h.

 

May and June schedules weekend are from 10:00 h to 14:00 h and 18:00 h to 20:00 h.
In July, August and September it is closed Monday through Thursday. From Friday to Sunday it is open from 10:00 h to 14:00 h and 18:00 h to 20:00 h.

 

CHURCH OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LOS REMEDIOS

 

 

In the Plaza dela Paznext to the castle the church was constructed over the original Moorish mosque, the existing bell tower now replaces the original minaret. The XVII century altarpiece is outstanding together with a XIII century work of the Virgin.

One can visit the church during the hours of service.

CHEESE FACTORY

 

The chief activity is the production of cheese from the local goats grazed in the Sierra Subbética. The factory also has a shop where local produce including cheese, wine, olive oil, jamón etc. can be tasted and bought. Also, local lamb and goat which come from the farms of the associates can be purchased.

Group visits can be arranged by prior appointment.

Shop hours:

Mon – Sat: 09.00 to 14.00 and 16.00 to 19.00

Sun: 09.00 to 15.00

Address: Ctra.A318 Km 68

Tel: 957 694714 – 957 694 720

www.losbalanchares.com

VÍA VERDE

 

This track was the former railway line that linked Puente Genil andLinares. Abandoned in 1984, it has been converted into a walking/cycling/horse riding route that links Lucena, Cabra, Doña Mencía, Zuheros and Luque and covers 58Km as it passes through the Subbética. There remain various buildings related to the railway including the old stations of Doña Mencía and Luque (now restaurants) and several crossing controls. To the east of Luque the track passes near to the Natural Reserve of the Laguna del Salobral, a natural salt lake that hosts flocks of flamingo in spring. It dries out completely in summer. It continues to Jaén where it is known as the Vía Verde del Aceite.


 

 

 

SIERRA SUBBÉTICA AROUND ZUHEROS

 

Zuheros is situated in the extreme north of the Natural Park, a protected area since 1988. It covers 31,569 hectares and includes the villages of Cabra, Carcabuey, Doña Mencía, Iznájar, Luque, Priego de Córdoba, Rute and Zuheros.

 

The most outstanding features are the formations caused by the erosion of the limestone by water, air and time. This type of landscape is known as Karst. The relief is very abrupt and reaches

1568m above sea level at the summit of La Tiñosanear Priego de Córdoba. The vegetation is typically Mediterranean with rock rose, Jerusalem sage, holm oak, gall oak etc.

 

Springtime is the best time to appreciate the great abundance of flowers including iris, narcissus, peony, orchid etc.

 

Regarding the fauna, the presence of wild boar, mountain cat, fox and hedgehog can be noted. It is also home to the Mediterranean Mountain Shrew which lives here in the most southerly part ofEurope.

 

Over 50 different varieties of birds have been spotted here, including golden oriole, Dartford warbler, blue rock thrush, Sardinian warbler, black wheat ear, golden eagle, peregrine falcon (which is incidentally the emblem of the Park). There are also large colonies of chough and griffon vulture.

 

Zuheros is ideally suited to explore the unique landscape of the Sierras Subbéticas.

 

                 

MUSEUMSTUDY OF PAINTER FRANCISCO POYATO

Located in the “Casa Blanca”, 700 m from Zuheros to Baena towards the road CO-6209, we can see a pictorial, sculptural and literary sample of the artist.

Time table: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 11:00 h to 14:00 h.

 

 

TOURIST OFFICE

 

The tourist office is in the archaeological museum and the time table is the same.

Tel.and fax: 957 69 45 45

Mobile: 670 827 066

turismodezuheros@hotmail.com