If you climb to the highest point of the chapel you can enjoy spectacular views of the whole town. In the pictures you can see the oldest part with the orthogonal Plaza Ochavada. It highlights in the distance a bust of a woman ... the rock lovers.
After visiting the Church of Our Father Jesus of Nazareth, we proceeded down the beautiful Empedrada street. Ochavada Square is located in the historic center of Archidona and one of the most interesting monuments of the province because of its style and shape. The square is one of the Andalusian Baroque gems of the eighteenth century as its Mudejar style combines tradition with typically French elements. The Ochavada Square was built in 1786 by Antonio Gonzalez Sevillano and Francisco Astorga Frias, who designed its unique octagonal shape, which gave it its name. The square, is accessible from various points in the city center and has since its construction therefor become the nerve center of the city. The square looks like a great Andalusian patio, which combines red brick, white and lime green shutters and balconies filled with flowers of seasons.
The park begins at the road that leads to the walls, castle and Chapel of Grace Ntra in the Sierra de Gracia, in the village of Archidona. The road, although in good condition, its very narrow, twisted, and curvy. Buses may not be able to pass through it. The urban park Sierra de Gracia, considered as a magnificent 'lung' for the city, is under the foot of the Sierra de la Peña and has the best views of the city and is famous for rock lovers Through the park, native plants and flowers, such as rock rose, pine, oak, thyme, rosemary, are visible. The park covers an area of about 35 hectares and is a good starting point for several hiking trails, sightseeing, cycling, and bird watching. There are several picnic sites. No hunting is allowed.
Almost half way up the climb to Peri Park to go see the walls and the castle and the chapel of Our Lady of Grace at the foot of the slopes of the Sierra de la Peña, we find a viewpoint on a bend in the road, just opposite the Chapel of Santo Cristo. We parked the car on a bend and went down a short dirt road to the viewpoint. Despite the cold wind, we could contemplate the views of the villages of Archidona and La Vega, the mountains and the legendary "rock of lovers" in the background. We felt "hooked" watching the beautiful landscape that, because of the rains this winter, has an indescribable range of greens.
Past the bridge, before entering the village of Archidona, lies the hamlet of Huertas River.The Huertas River owes its name to the river that crosses it. Surrounded by orchards, fields of grain, and olive trees, the landscape is very green. The village is very small, although the area is becoming increasingly residential. There are several old but very well maintained farmhouses and a small church, the Church of San Isidro, which is the site of annual pilgrimage for the faithful of Archidona.
This large Archidona Square is at the site of the first church that settled in the Villa Baja, the Church of Santa Ana, and was at one time considered the main square. It is still bustling with children and older people enjoying the sun. One of the sides has carvings of the Brotherhood, which garners more followers during Archidona's Holy Week.
The best way of collecting information about interesting places in a new city and the local area, is approaching the Tourist Office. Tourist offices usually offer you all kinds of information (schedules, transportation, places to eat, sleep, etc.) and maps with specific sites. Finding this information is not difficult, as it is located in the most emblematic square - Ochavada Archidona.
The ecclesiastical heritage of Archidona is rather large for the area and population. In addition to the churches that there are in the historic center of the town, having the two chapels, the main one is the Hermitage Sanctuary called Nuestra Señora de Gracia where the patron of the city is, and the other is the Hermitage of San Antonio, which is situated in the area of El Ejido, just outside the village, and adjoining the cemetery Archidona. In the eighteenth century the hermitage of San Antonio was built, its architecture is that of religious construction, typical of popular roots which was present throughout the Andalucian area. It's front is simple, with a whitewashed brick bell tower on show. The photograph of the interior is of poor quality as it was taken from a small window, while the Church was closed.
Past the bridge, before entering the village of Archidona, lies the pretty hamlet Huertas del Rio off to the right. There are just a few homes and farms, but in the midst of a charming landscape of plain cereal and olive trees, a river and a small chapel. On May 15, festivities in honor of Spring take place during the festival of San Isidro. Its celebration in the municipality of Archidona focuses on the districts of Huertas and Salinas River, where there are two chapels that bear the name of the pattern. These festivities last several days, in which the respective processions and religious ceremonies join the traditional country-places. You can also enjoy camping near the river and traditional meals shared by all neighbors.