Zahara de la Sierra

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Zahara de la Sierra municipality
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Coat of arms of Zahara de la Sierra
Zahara de la Sierra (Spain)
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Basic data
Autonomous Community : Andalusia
Province : Cadiz
Comarca : Sierra de Cadiz
Coordinates 36 ° 50 ′  N , 5 ° 23 ′  W Coordinates: 36 ° 50 ′  N , 5 ° 23 ′  W
Height : 500  msnm
Area : 72.48 km²
Residents : 1,387 (Jan 1, 2019)
Population density : 19.14 inhabitants / km²
Municipality number  ( INE ): 11042
Website :
Location of the municipality
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Zahara de la Sierra is a small municipality in the Spanish province of Cádiz in the autonomous region of Andalusia .

The village belongs to the white villages ( Spanish Pueblos blancos ) and is located on the northern edge of the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park , 124 kilometers from the provincial capital Cádiz .


The village was founded by the Arabs in the 8th century and was an important city during the Moors. The name of the place is of Arabic origin and can be derived from Ṣaḫra (to do ), 'rock'. The suffix de la Sierra to differentiate Zahara from Zahara de los Atunes , also located in the province of Cádiz.

In 1483 Zahara was captured by the Christians , who opened the way to Ronda and thus to Granada . The remains of a Moorish castle from the 12th century tower over the place on a rock and offer a fantastic view over the surrounding area and the reservoir of Zahara.

The lion on the tower, depicted in the coat of arms, commemorates the conquest of the castle by the Marquis of Cádiz, Rodrigo Ponce de León.


Zahara de la Sierra and Zahara Reservoir
Zahara de la Sierra
  • Remains of the Moorish castle and keep with a square floor plan
  • Clock tower (Torre del Reloj) from the 16th century
  • Santa María de la Mesa church; built in the 17th century in baroque style

The Feast of Corpus Christi (Spanish: Corpus Cristi ) is the annual highlight of village life when the processions take place along the flower-covered streets of the village.

Web links

Commons : Zahara de la Sierra  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Cifras oficiales de población resultantes de la revisión del Padrón municipal a 1 de enero . Population statistics from the Instituto Nacional de Estadística (population update).