Saturday, January 05, 2008

Priego de Cordoba

Day Trip February 21st

Priego de Cordoba
, described in one guide as 'an unmissable stop on the Caliphate Route' lies at the foot of La Tinosa, Cordoba's highest mountain.

At the centre of the town is the Ayuntamiento and everything is an easy walk from here

Priego came to prominence under the Moors who ruled from the invasion to 1225 and then from 1327 to 1340 when it became a Christian town permanently. From these times comes the splendid Moorish castle.

The layout of the town with its narrow winding streets is a reminder of these times.

The conquest did the town no favours and it became a quiet backwater until the Dukes of Medinaceli arrived in 1711. Prosperity followed based on the silk industry. The great wealth generated was spent on creating buildings in the Baroque style. Today the textile industry is no more but the Palaces and Churches remain.

This is just one interior. The guide books have a list of a dozen or so to feast the eyes. I suspect a couple will be enough!

So come with us through the Andalucian countryside to the town of Priego de Cordoba.
The trip includes lunch and a coffee break and costs 30 euros.
Book on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings between 11.30 and 1.15.

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