Welcome to Los Pedroches
If you like driving empty roads across big landscapes and coming upon the occasional spectacular sight, then Córdoba's isolated far north, known as Los Pedroches, is for you. This is a plateau-like region of long, long vistas, broken up by a few ranges of hills and scattered villages and castles. It's known for its extensive dehesas (woodland pastures with acorn-bearing holm oaks) and for its high-quality ham, jamón ibérico de bellota, from the black Iberian pigs that feast on the annual acorn (bellota) harvest. Salted and cured for six to 12 months, the resulting dark-pink ham is usually served wafer-thin with bread and Montilla wine. You can sample it in almost every village in this area.