Situated between countryside and mountains, the town, which features scenery typical of both, is crossed by two rivers, the Guadalete and the Majaceite. The former supplies the Bornos and Arcos reservoirs, both of which have been declared Natural Beauty Spots as fine examples of wet zones
Part of the town also falls within the boundary of Los Alcornocales Natural Park.
Standing atop a rock with a sheer drop down to the river, affording spectacular views of the surrounding area, the town dates back to Moslem times. Today, recognised as a Monument of Historical and Artistic Importance, it consists of two districts. Its steep, narrow, winding streets and multitude of nooks and monuments of great beauty make it a most strikingly attractive location, the highlights of which are the Castle, and the churches of St. Mary and St. Peter.