Zahara de la Sierra

Once a Moorish outpost, overlooking the whole valley, Zahara de la Sierra is one of the prettiest white villages of the Serranía de Ronda. Overlooking the lake of Zahara, a water reservoir artificially created by a dam that was built in 1992, which covers a little hamlet and a salt mine. In spite of it’s beauty and abundance of water for canoeing or swimming, locals don’t use it much for recreation. Some say it’s because of superstitious believes that the place is ‘jinxed’, remembering the life that once was underneath what is now water.
Climbing up to the castle of Zahara you have breathtaking views at the often turquoise coloured lake and the valley around it.


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