Zahara de la Sierra, Zahara de la Sierra

Zahara de la Sierra is a municipality in the province of Cádiz in the hills of Andalusia, southern Spain. It is perched on a mountain, overlooking a valley and a man-made lake formed by the dam that must be driven over to access the town. It is considered to be one of the pueblos blancos or "white towns" because the overwhelming majority of the buildings are white.

The town was originally a Moorish outpost, overlooking the valley. Due to its position between Ronda and Seville, it was a perfect site for a castle to be built to serve as a fortress in case of attack. The remains of the Moorish castle still exist. It was ruled by Arabs until 1407. It was recaptured by the Emirate of Granada in 1481. This capture gave a pretext to Castile's war against Granada. It was finally captured by Castilian troops under command of Rodrigo Ponce de León, Duke of Cádiz in 1483.

The Garganta Verde canyon is located nearby.

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  • This is just out right of a movie!!! we drove from Cadiz but it was worthy! a couple friends recommended and we drove all the way up and climb to the castle in the top! the views were spectacular and....  more »
  • We love this romantic white town on top of the mountain. You can walk there from the Finca and spend a wonderful time wandering through the cobblestone streets and enjoying the spectacular views...  more »
  • A picturesque whitewashed town on a hillside dominated by a ruine castle sits on the mountain top. Zahara de la Sierra is a bit out of the way. You would realise how remote it is once your bus had...  more »

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