Montoro is an interesting village located in the Sierra de Cardeña y Montoro Natural Park, at the foot of which runs one of the meanders of the Guadalquivir River. It is a very picturesque town in the province of Cordoba. It is a town with a great cultural and historical heritage.
Walking through its streets takes us back in time and helps us to understand the culture of Andalusia through its stucco houses. The surroundings of this village in Córdoba allow us to enjoy nature in a very natural enclave.
The historic center of Montero
One of the places you must see in Montero is the old town. Since Montoro is located on the side of a hill, you can get to know the town and to some extent the culture by walking through the narrow and often intersecting streets.
You should know that Montero was listed in the Art-Historic Sites as well as Cultural Interest Inventory in 1969. Some of the most famous and popular streets and squares are Piazza Charcoal, Piazza di Spagna, and the area around Montero City Hall.
A rich architectural heritage can be found in this historic district, where you can visit the Casa de los Palcos, dating back to the 17th century. Nearby are the Ducal Palace of Alba and the Montero, where the City Hall is now located.
Another building worth highlighting is Tercerías, where you can see the Olive Tree Museum and the archaeological remains of the city walls that surround the town. It is worth mentioning that the Puerta de la Torre Mocha, one of the old entrances to the city, is still preserved.
The House of Shells
This is a building that has become a landmark in Montero. The “Casa de la Conchos” is a typical house whose owner has covered the facade with a large number of shells. The idea of this neighbor was to cover and decorate his house with shells and mollusks to make it a tourist attraction. For its originality alone, it is worth a visit.
Bridge of Donadas
This bridge was built in 1498 and is one of the most important bridges in the region. It is an impressive structure that owes its name to the curious financing needed to complete the project. With the cooperation of neighbors in the village and donations of jewelry, enough money was raised to complete the bridge.
This medieval bridge is one of the examples of Montoro’s architectural wealth. You should also know that it is known as the Puente de las Doncellas (Virgin Bridge), often referred to as the Puente Mayor (Main Bridge).
The meandering course of the Guadalquivir River
Along with the natural parks that surround this city, we have the meanders of the Guadalquivir River. The beauty of the area makes it a natural monument. In this area, you can see the different mills used to grind wheat and other grains.
They are small mills, but they perform their function perfectly. The most outstanding ones are the Molino de las Monjas and the Molino de San Martín.
Church of Santa María de la Mota
One of the buildings where you can see Montero in the historic district is the church of Santa María de la Mota. In this church we can be in front of one of the oldest sacred buildings of the Roman period in Montero.
This church is Gothic and Mudejar, although mass is no longer celebrated inside. There is the Archaeological Museum, which exhibits the most important archaeological works discovered in the area in recent years.
Museum of Holy Week
Montero is a place of great religious tradition, where most of the inhabitants spend Holy Week with great enthusiasm. An example of this is the Museo de la Semana Santa, where you can see various works of religious art.
The building that houses the museum is the old Santiago temple, in which two baroque facades stand out.In 1993, Holy Week in Montero was declared a national tourist festival. There is no doubt that Montero is the ideal place to watch the processions on Holy Thursday and Good Friday morning.
Church of San Bartolomé
Finally, in the Plaza de España is the Church of San Bartolomé, the main monument through which visitors to Montero pass. The main façade of this church is very prominent and was created by Hernán Ruiz. The bell tower stands out from the whole and its baroque chapel is another attraction.
This church has a variety of styles; it began in the fifteenth century and was completed a century later, so its architecture is Baroque and Gothic, with a Mudejar style interior. Interestingly, the church owes its name to San Bartolomé, because this date in the calendar of the saints coincides with the expulsion of the Muslims during the reconquest.
Now that you know more details about this Córdoba village, it is a place worth visiting and you already know some of the attractions of Montero.