Lucena is situated in the centre of Andalusia, in the south of the province of Córdoba in the heart of the mountain area known as the Subbética. Surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, Lucena is a dynamic town which welcomes visitors. Its rich historical heritage is steeped in its essential Jewish, Arab and Christian past.
The “Castle of Moral”, where Boabdil, the last Muslim King of Granada was held prisoner, and it´s the Museum of Archaelogy and Ethnology, is in the centre of the town.
The Cordoban baroque period reaches its maximum expression inside the impressive San Mateo Sanctuary. It is considered to be the genuine ‘Subbetica Cathedral.’ A full visit to Baroque Lucena – the cultural heart of the Subbetica region, should include a visit to the palace of the Condes of Santa Ana with the town’s visitor centre, as well as the chapels of San Juan Bautista, San Martín and the Sanctuary of the Virgin of Araceli. The spiritual-retreat atmosphere can be experienced in the beautiful cloisters of the Franciscan Fathers’ convent or in the Church of the Holy Mother of God.