As you approach Zahara from the main east-west road you run into a large reservoir that must be crossed to gain access to Zahara. It is a great silent place to stop and take pictures of the town of Zahara. We did so just on the other side of the concrete dam access road.
The Zahara Reservoir is a relatively new addition to the Zahara de la Sierra landscape. It was constructed in order to serve the agricultural needs of the area. The area surrounding Zahara is a fruit producing area specializing in quince. In the last few years the Zahara Reservoir has seen an increasing number of water sports. The area is particularly important for canoeists.
The walk to the castle is only about 15 minutes from the parking lot. The path to the castle is lined with cactus and barking dogs from the village below are uncertain whether or not you should really be allowed to pass to the castle. However as we began our walk to the top of the castle it began to rain. There was also a light fog that prevented some of the better views of the castle. The views from along the road and down to the town make you think of what it must have been like to defend this post from such lofty heights above the countryside. Definitely the next time we will make it all the way to the top regardless of weather.
These were two pretty churches among many in Zahara. The first is De La Mesa Church and the picture is from just the tower taken from a walk near the castle. The second is of the oldest church in Zahara. I believe the name of the church is San Juan De Letrano.
This one of the main plazas in Zahara. It is small, intimate and immaculately clean. The photo was taken at a time of day when fiesta was still in place. As we walked around the plaza and even though there was no presence of people we could tell that there will still eyes upon us from inside.
A walk through Zahara's steep cobblestone streets provides not only a glimpse of where the town folk live but also provides some excellent views of the surrounding valley. The streets are immaculately clean. During siesta time on a weekday afternoon the only sounds we could hear were from dogs who either guarded their owners properties vigilantly or stray ones that escorted us through the town.
You enter Zahara on a road that spans a man made lake and dam that was finished in 1991. As you enter and complete your trip over the dam road there are little pull outs. Walking the road over the dam offers some great pictures of the town of Zahara and its Moorish castle. It also provides some nice views of the tranquil lake. It will take you only about 10 minutes to do. Nice to stretch your legs before you arrive in the town in a few minutes.
Going from Zahara de la Sierra to Grazalema taking the CA531. The road is really narrow and steep. It climbs to the Pass the Doves at 1350m. Don't take this road if you have trouble with hights. The view is just amazing. I had some problems with the hights, but the view made it worth the trip. I also saw eagles on the top of the pass.
Zahara de la Sierra is a very photogenic small town. Stop for a lunch or just a walk. You can have lunch in one of the small restaurants with a view over the lake ( or actually a reservoir).