Montilla Travel Guide

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Montilla Things to Do

  • Parroquia de Santiago

    The main parish in Montilla. Its origins are in the old mosque, dedicated to Christian cult in 1240. The current church was built in the grounds of the castle with stone from the old castle in 1508. Destroyed by Lisbonne quake (1755) and rebuilt by Duque de Medina Sidonia. The only parish in town till 19th century. The style is Gothic and Mudejar....

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  • Castillo y alhorý de Montilla -...

    The castle of Montilla used the be at its peak time, the biggest in Andalucía. It was destroyed by the Catholic Kings 1508 as retaliation against the Marquis of Priego, who wouldn't fully comply to them. This castle had up to 15 towers and could lodge up to 300 soldiers and 400 knights. Queen Juana forgave the Marquis in 1510 and a new castle was...

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  • Parroquia de San Francisco Solano

    This church was built in 1681 in the place where the home of San Francisco Solano had been. Its style is early baroque, with a fancy tipology: the front entrance, designed as half a cloister or patio. The interior is austere with an image of San Francisco Solano brought from Granada in 1689. Beautiful tiled and roofed tower from 18th century.

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  • Palacio de los Duques de Medinaceli

    This palace was built by the Marquis of Priego, from the House of Aguilar, after his castle was destroyed in 1508. The palace was built through the 16th and 17th centruy and its style is therefore sligthly manierist. War was not a threat any longer so the building lost its defensive character. The Marquis chose this plain on the lower part of the...

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  • Plaza de la Rosa

    This is the main square in town, a lively place in the mornings and evenings surrounded by cafes, restaurants and historic buildings such as Garnelo Theatre, Church of La Rosa or the house of La Tercia (see tips).The "Rose Sq" is also a neuralgic center in Semana Santa with the "Prendimiento" on Holy Thursday.

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  • Museo Histórico Local

    The local museum shows the first prehistorical whale found in Spain, Mystacoceti, family Balaenopteridae, species Balaenoptera rostratella. Also interesting paleo and neolithical pieces, coins, swords, tiles and other objects from Roman times to 19th century,

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  • Casa de las Camachas

    This 16th century typical Andalusian patio house is close to the old "meson" where the witches of Montilla, "Las Camachas", used to live. Cervantes mentions them in "El coloquio de los perros" as the most skilled witches in Andalusia. The legend goes that don Alonso de Aguilar being in love with Mayor de Solier asked la Camacha, the eldest of three...

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  • Iglesia y convento de San Agustín

    Tha old church and monastery of San Agustin was founded by leonese knight Alonso Sanchez in 1520. The outside is Neoclassic with only one nave in the building. The altar is Renaissance style and the dome is inspired by that of Cordoba Cathedral. Several valuable images by Juan de Mesa, Cristóbal de Guadix and Montilla-born Garnelo brothers.

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  • Iglesia de la Encarnación o de los...

    The old church was finished in 1558 by San Francisco de Borja who created a free school of Latin and grammar. The new church was begun in 1726, but remained unfinished after Carlos III expelled the Jesuits from Spain. The Franciscans moved in, since their monastery was in ruins. Again in 1944 the Jesuits returned to their temple, and it´s popularly...

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  • Iglesia de San Sebastían

    The oldest temple in town, in early, austere gothic style. Three naves that house an image of St. Sebastian, as well as images by Montillan sculptor sisters, las Cuetas, as well as an image of the Virgen de la Consolación said to have been found in a clay oven. It wears a cape donated by Queen Isabella of Castile in her visit to the town.

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  • Convento de Santa Clara

    Built by the first Marquis of Priego, Don Pedro in 1547 as a part f his palace, it become an independent feminine monastery, but it kept the communication with the palace through an arch. Its first style was gothic-mudejar. Impressive choir and beautiful entrance in gothic (nearly portuguese "manuelin" style) and plateresco. It is the most...

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  • Casa de San Juan de Ávila

    San Juan de Avila is known as the 'Apostle of Andalusia'. He created learning centers for Humanities and Theology in the whole region and taught Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Santa Teresa de Jesús, and Fray Luis de Granada. The house was built in 1567 and keeps a small museum and austere decoration from the time.

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  • Casa del Inca Garcilaso de la Vega

    El Inca Garcilaso de la Vega is the first American-born recognized author in the Spanish language. He was born in Lima, Peru, from Inca princess Chimpu Ocllo and the captain Garcilaso de la Vega. He moved to Spain to breed purasangre horses together with his uncle in Montilla, where he stayed for 30 years and wrote some of his most famous works:...

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  • Bodegas Alvear

    Founded in 1729 by Francisco Alvear y Gómez de la Cortina, Count of La Cortina, it is the oldest and most pretigious winery in Córdoba. Don't miss this visit, they will explain you how the wine is brewed, you´ll feel the coolnes and aromas of the cellar and taste the magnificent wine.

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  • Ayuntamiento e iglesia de S. Juan de...

    Built in 1882 on the grounds of the older Hospital of San Juan, which is mentioned in Cervantes' "El coloquio de los perros" : "“Llegamos pues, por nuestras jornadas contadas a Montilla, villa del famoso y gran cristiano Marqués de Priego, señor de la casa de Aguilar y de Montilla. Alojaron a mi amo, porque él lo procuró en un hospital” ....

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Montilla Restaurants

  • Tabernas a gogo

    Don´t miss the numerous tabernas and bars all over town. We have to make a difference between "tabernas"/"bars" and "pubs". Tabernas get crowded from 8pm on. It´s another place to taste excellent Montilla wine and tapas. There are so many places, many of them don´t even have a name. Classics are Ciriaco and Carrasquilla (delicious snails!!) but...

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  • Friendly open atmosphere for wine and...

    This is a beautiful restaurant right in the heart of town at Plaza de la Rosa. It is also a taberna, since dozens of people usually gather here before lunch (12am-2pm) to share some fresh Montillian wine and tapas. The wines from Los Arcos are famous, they brew them themselves. Some people stay to lunch, of course: flamenquines (breaded rolls of...

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  • The Montillan Classic

    A true classic, probably one of the oldest and most renowned restaurants in Montilla. Salmorejo (something like gazpacho, but thicker, eaten as a dip), rabo de toro (bull's tail meat, the sweetest and tenderest kind of meat you´ll ever try), alcachofas a la montillana (artichokes cooked with wine) are the favorite of the area, especially cooked at...

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Montilla Local Customs

  • Semana Santa

    "Semana Santa" or Easter celebrates the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is lived with fervour and passion by the people in Spain, specially in the South.Montilla is no exception.Traditionally, 12 brotherhoods organize procession for the images of Jesus Christ, Virgin Mary or the saints in different moments of the life and death of...

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  • Día de la Aurora

    Second weekend of October. "Nuestra Señora de la Aurora" (Our Lady of Dawn) is celebrated as the "matron" saint of Montilla.Procession of the holy image and chants in San Francisco Solano.In the nighttime from saturday to sunday, men sing serenades to women under their balconies. Chestnuts and walnuts are traditionally sold in La Rosa during these...

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  • Feria del Santo

    The biggest party time and festival in Montilla, celebrating the day of San Francisco Solano, born in Montilla, apostle of the Americas and canonized in 1726, the 14th of July.A large fair and carnival, procession of the image of San Francisco, several contests and traditional sport competitionsfireworks, parades, etc., etc.In the night time, high...

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Montilla Off The Beaten Path

  • Sierra de Montilla

    The Montillan sierra is hilly and not high at all, but it holds a very different ecosystem up there.Fresh creeks, flowers and some little wineries. Also a geological spot such as Piedra Luenga, a huge rock in the middle of the olive yards.

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  • Casa del Arcipreste

    This is the typical bourgeoise patio house from Andalusia.Near the church of Santiago, this is still the residence of the archpriest or parish priest, after many centuries.The well conserved carpentry work dates back to 17th century but the building might be much older.

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  • The Aguilar Gate (old archway of...

    The "Puerta de Aguilar" or "Arcos de Montilla" were built in 1890 in the entrance through the street with the same name, probably in the spot where an old gate standed in the wall, opening up to the road to the town of Aguilar de la Frontera to the southwest.Their style ressembled the arches in the Mosque of Cordova.They were knocked down in 1962...

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Montilla Favorites

  • Montillan cuisine - Miscelanea

    Don´t forget other dishes such as pork hands, white "gazpacho", grated oranges with codfish, kidney stew, "arrope" (etc. Of course, everything to be accompanied by fresh Montilla wine!As far as desserts are concerned, Manolito Aguilar is the place to visit, an old classic bakery in La Corredera (downtown). "Pastelón de hojaldre" (big millfeuilles...

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  • Montillan cuisine - Salmorejo

    Salmorejo is somewhere between a sauce, a soupe and a cream. It's so easy, so refreshing and so tasty. Basic ingredients are ripe tomatoes, garlic, bread crumbs, green pepper and olive oil.It used to be the lunch of the people working in the fields.It's delicious to add on top Spanish ham ("jamón serrano"), grated boiled egg and olive oil. You can...

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  • Montillan cuisine - Stewed bull's tail

    This is probably the best known dish in Cordova province and in Montilla. The tail of the bull is stewed with species, bay leafs, onions and Montilla wine.It is probably the most tender meat you will ever try and its flavor is awesome.Usually, the bull's meat in Spain comes from those bulls killed in bullfights.

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