Rute at Christmas


Rute is a town located in the south of the province of Cordoba with almost 10,000 inhabitants. It is a unique enclave; due to its proximity to the border with four Andalusian provinces: Malaga, Seville, Jaen and Granada.

This town is especially known for its Belén de Chocolate, the largest in the world. However, this is not the only reason to visit Rute at Christmas. Its mantecado and aniseed factories and its Museo del Jamón (Ham Museum) will convince you.

It is, therefore, one of the villages that complete a differential and attractive offer for the city; as, for example, are Los Patios de Córdoba. Therefore, if you want to get more information about this well-known festivity; from OwayTours we recommend you to take into account our Guided Visit to the Patios of Cordoba; where you can learn more about this popular tradition in the city.

What to see in Rute at Christmas?

As the Christmas holidays approach, Rute welcomes all visitors who come to this enclave to enjoy all the attractions that Christmas in Rute has to offer.

Year after year, the municipality continues to consolidate its position as one of the most popular destinations in the province of Cordoba at this time of year. Its historic tradition of making liqueurs and homemade sweets makes Rute a fixed destination before the Christmas carols start to ring out. Visitors from all over the province and from different parts of the country come like clockwork for their annual Christmas in Rute.

In addition, the countless museums and places of historical interest that the town of Rute offers to visit at Christmas are a great attraction.

If you are in the city of Cordoba at this time of the year, from OwayTours we recommend you to complement your visit with our Guided Tour Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba; where you can enjoy all kinds of details of the only mosque-cathedral in Europe.

The world’s largest Chocolate Nativity Scene

This is Rute’s tourist attraction par excellence.

Around 1600 kgs of chocolate are needed to make this Chocolate Nativity Scene. Each year the theme is usually different, which means that throughout the year there are several exhibitions, such as the Easter processions of Andalusia, or life-size figures of the Pope, the Spanish Royal Family, among others.

To learn more about the history of the kings of our country, and their special passage through the city, we remind you that OwayTours offers a Guided Visit to the Alcázar de Los Reyes Cristianos. In this visit we explain the passage of these in a wonderful enclave, which will leave you speechless.

However, only from mid-October to the beginning of January it is exhibited as the biggest Chocolate Nativity Scene in the world; an authentic work of art that, after Christmas, turns into a great chocolatada.

belen de chocolate rute (Cordoba)

Sugar Museum

The museum is made up of several rooms; making it one of the best places to see in Rute.

The first of them is dedicated to famous people such as Lola Flores, Michael Jackson, Dalí or Pablo Picasso. There is also an exhibition of works of art such as Las Meninas by Velázquez and Picasso’s Guernica.

In the second room of the museum, representative places of Andalusia stand out, such as the Patio de los Leones de la Alhambra in Granada, or the Palace Gate of the Mosque of Cordoba.

In the third room, you will be surprised by a particular round-the-world tour made entirely of sugar. Here we find emblematic buildings such as the Taj Mahal, the Empire State Building, St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, or the Castle of Disneyland Paris, a favourite model of everyone who visits this museum.

museo del azucar rute (Cordoba)

Anisette Museum

The town of Rute has more than 4 centuries of history in the distillation of aniseed. One of the most famous is Anís Machaquito. Since 1876, it has had a factory in the town where you can sample some of the products they sell.

The visit to this museum begins in a Cordovan house where you can see the wine cellars and visit one of the most renowned Cordovan patios in the province, which has won several awards in recent years.

At the next stop, you can enjoy the 4 rooms that make up the museum; located in the oldest part of a distillery.

The visit continues with a visit to learn more about the origin of aniseed, as well as tasting the different types of beverages they make.

museo del anis rute (Cordoba)

Artisan Museum of Nougat, Mantecado and Marzipan

This museum displays all the handmade machinery used centuries ago to make all kinds of nougat: hard, soft, wafers, caramels… In another area there is an exhibition of unique sweet figures made by master confectioners from Rute.

museo turron mantecado mazapan rute (Cordoba)

Ice Crib

It is located in the Museo del Turrón Artesano, next to the Belén de Chocolate museum. It consists of a small exhibition of a life-size Nativity scene, made with 1280kg of ice. For this, they work for more than two months with great care and dedication, so that visitors can get a spectacular Christmas picture.

belen de hielo rute (Cordoba)


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