Zahara de la Sierra

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Zahara de la Sierra
Skyline of Zahara de la Sierra
Official seal of Zahara de la Sierra
Seal
Zahara de la Sierra is located in Province of Cádiz
Zahara de la Sierra
Zahara de la Sierra
Location in the Province of Cádiz
Zahara de la Sierra is located in Andalusia
Zahara de la Sierra
Zahara de la Sierra
Zahara de la Sierra (Andalusia)
Zahara de la Sierra is located in Spain
Zahara de la Sierra
Zahara de la Sierra
Zahara de la Sierra (Spain)
Coordinates: 36°50.3′N 5°23.4′W / 36.8383°N 5.3900°W / 36.8383; -5.3900Coordinates: 36°50.3′N 5°23.4′W / 36.8383°N 5.3900°W / 36.8383; -5.3900
Autonomous communityAndalusia
ProvinceCádiz
ComarcaSierra de Cádiz
Government
 • MayorAntonio Olid Troya
Area
 • Total72 km2 (28 sq mi)
Elevation
500 m (1,600 ft)
Population
(2009)
 • Total1,513
 • Density21/km2 (54/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Zahara de la Sierra is a municipality in the province of Cádiz in the hills of Andalusia, southern Spain. It is perched on a mountain, overlooking a valley and a man-made lake formed by the dam that must be driven over to access the town. It is considered to be one of the pueblos blancos or "white towns" because the overwhelming majority of the buildings are white.

The town was originally a Moorish outpost, overlooking the valley. Due to its position between Ronda and Seville, it was a perfect site for a castle to be built to serve as a fortress in case of attack. The remains of the Moorish castle still exist. It was ruled by Arabs until 1407. It was recaptured by the Emirate of Granada in 1481. This capture gave a pretext to Castile's war against Gırnata. It was finally captured by Castillean troops under command of Rodrigo Ponce de León, Duke of Cádiz in 1483.

The Garganta Verde canyon is located nearby.

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