La Mota Fortress is only 10km away. It is an ancient monumental castle located in Alcalá la Real (Jaén). It was built in the Nazarí Age (XII and XIV century), although it has anterior elements. As a defensive fortress, it was the border between the kingdoms of Granada and Castilla during a long time (more than 150 years). Inside it, a lot of tales and legends were lived. This makes La Mota Fortress a really important touristic attraction, which is essential for the development of the local area.
Colomera Lake is just 15 minutes by car. In this place you can practice different sport activities such as: fishing, kayaking, sailing, etc.
CASTILLO DE LOCUBIN
The village of Castillo de Locubin is just 20km away. We recommend to visit La Via Ferrata. It is a natural area adapted to practice climbing. It is located in the hills of la Sierrazuela and the route starts just from the road, near to a small hut. To visit this area just contact with the City Council of Castillo de Locubín.
The surrounding area is full of beautiful villages where you can enjoy the typical Andalusian culture, such as: Almedinilla, Priego de Córdoba, Frailes or Moclín.
All the area of Alcala la Real and surroundings has been during centuries a border land between the Kingdom of Granada, and the Kingdom of Castilla. This area has a privileged geographic position, since it has been a crossroads along the history. This is the reason why currently this is the perfect place as a base to visit some key points for the Andalusian tourism.
From El Cortijuelo, you have a short travel to the following important cities: Granada (30 mins), Jaén (45 mins), Córdoba (1:15 hours), Úbeda and Baeza (1:30 hours).
The area where El Cortijuelo is placed, is perfect for practicing hiking. There are a lot of possibilities:
Los Zumaques (Alcalá la Real), El Gollizno (Moclín). A bit further, Las Chorreras (Valdepeñas).
The Region of Sierra Sur, where El Cortijuelo is located, has a lot of charming places. Other choice is to visit the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada. It is only 1 hour and a half away. Here you will enjoy the most important ski station of Spain. In spring/summer the Natural Park offers a full range of outdoors activities.
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