Beautifully Set Andulucian Hillside Town
Remote With Limited Services
Definitely Worth a Quick Stop
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
In Zahara de la Sierra, just on the edge of town you will find the Al Lago restaurant, Zohara and I enjoyed a lunch there with Carmen and Stacey. The best thing was the view over the lake and surrounding mountainsides. Oh and yes the food was very good also although I can't for the life of me remember what we ate, we all seemed to enjoy it. Might have been the added enjoyment of being with friends and family that made it special, but I still remember that the meal was excellent....You can see in the photo that they also have a shaded outdoor eating area that the weather prevented us from taking advantage of this trip.
The walk from the parking lot in the town to the Zahara de la Sierra Castle winds through the back of homes and up lightly traveled trails. It is an easy to navigate trail. On the day we went it was starting to rain hard. We made it only part of the way up the trail before turning back. Here is a picture from the nice folks at Wiki pretty accurately describing what we saw of the remains of the 11th century Moorish castle.
Zahara de la Sierra is one of the well known "white villages" of southern Spain. It borders on a small reservoir between it and the village of El Gastor to its east. Perched upon a hill above the reservoir it has an unequaled view. The small castle that sits on the extreme top of the hill seems to hover over some of the homes here in the village....more
One of the things we enjoyed about our visit to the area around Zahara de la Sierra was the reservoir it has just below it. As we drove from the reservoir toward the town and then later in the town itself we were afforded several different views of this small body of water. The cloudy day gave us a great play of light and dark on the waters. From...more