The Western Route

* This route begins in Montilla, an important Cordobese village known throughout Spain for the excellent quality of its wines. A stretch of fortified wall and a water tank are the only remains intact of the ancient castle which once stood here. Within the castle area stands Montilla´s oldest religious building, the 14th- century Ermita de San Sebastián. Other representatives of the village´s architecture are to be found in the Parroquia de Santiago (16th century); the Convento de Santa Clara; the churches of San Juan de Dios an of the Convento de San Agustín; the Ermita de Santa Rosa; the churches of San Luis and San Francisco; the Convento de Santa Ana and the Parroquia de San Francisco Solano, the latter containing a fine painting of La Virgen del Pópulo.

*The route continues along the N- 331 main road to Lucena. During the Arab period this village was home to a Jewish and Arab population, and the Castle dating from that period is a declared National Monument.

One of the artistic jewels of the province, the Iglesia de San Mateo, can be admired in the Plaza Nueva. Other important monuments are the churches of Las Angustias and of San Juan de Dios. To take in a magnificent view, the visitor may walk up to the Santuario de la Virgen de Araceli situated on the edge of the village.

*The route finishes in Cabra. The village´s origins go back to prehistoric times, as shown by the remains found in the Cueva de los Mosquitos. The Casa de la Cultura houses the Museo Arqueológico which contains some important exhibits.

In Cabra a worthwhile visit can be made to the Castillo de los Condes de Cabra, which is built upon Roman foundations, as well as to the old Arab heart of the town in el Cerro de San Juan, which contains fine Baroque façades and the Iglesia de San Juan de Dios.

Next to the castle are the churches of la Asunción and of Los Angeles.

Leaving the village towards the south, the visitor passes through an attractive landscape known as La Fuente del Río, and close by is the equally beautiful area called la Fuente de las Piedras and the headwaters of the Río Cabra.

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