Cabra in Spanish means “goat” but the town was more likely named after the 10th century poet Al-Cabri than the animal. The town has an Arab heritage with a history dating back to pre-Roman times. It has a Moorish Castle and other interesting buildings, convents, palaces and churches making holiday rentals in Cabra the ideal base for enjoying this unspoilt area of Andalusia.
Sampling the local cuisine is part of the pleasure of staying in Cabra holiday rentals. Take time to sit at a café in the Plaza de Espana and try the sweet pastels, bizcotelas and pestinos. The hearty local cuisine is delicious – just order “un plato tipico” to get the house specialty which will be a savoury meat and vegetable dish. Pleasant walks can be enjoyed along the former railway known as the Subbetica Green Pathway or in the nearby natural park. Explore the local parks to see statues of local heroes amidst the flowers and fountains of the Alcantara Romero Park. Stroll up the main street to the castle and look for the “Tizon” fixed to a column. It is said to be the sword of the legendary El Cid Campeador. Horseriding, nature spotting, kayaking and scenic drives are all available here.
The Subbeticas Natural Park is ideal for outdoor pursuits such as hiking and climbing. The highest point in the mountain range is known as Andalusia’s Balcony for its magnificent views. Cabra has some excellent museums to visit or stroll around the Villa Viejo District. The Olive Oil Museum traces 2,000 years of history in making olive oil and the Archaeological Museum has remains from Roman villas including statues, mosaics and artifacts. The city of Granada with the amazing fortress and gardens of Alhambra is well worth the 108 km drive from your Cabra holiday home. In the opposite direction lies the city of Cordoba with its UNESCO listed Old Town set beside the Guadalquivir River.
Andalusia holiday rentals enjoy hot dry summers with average temperatures reaching 30°C (86°F) in August with almost zero rainfall. In the winter season there is more chance of showers and daytime highs average a pleasant 17-21°C (63-70°F). The off-peak months of March to June and September to November are very pleasant for enjoying outdoor activities in the area.
The nearest airport to holiday rentals in Cabra is Malaga (AGP) Airport which is about 120 km away. This busy airport serves over 12 million passengers from 60 countries. It is served by Aer Lingus, British Airways, BmiBaby, easyJet, Flybe, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Ryanair which all offer competitively priced flights daily. A hire car is essential to reach Cabra but driving is easy along the new highways.