Stay at Casa La Celada  for a lovely B&B Guest House experience - 5 mins drive from the Lake in a small satellite village just outside Iznájar called La Celada. Excellent value for money with hosts who have extensive knowledge about local activities.
Bujalance. It is worth a day visit if you want to see a typical Andalusian baroque town with Arabic influence surrounded by olive fields. Regular buses leave from Cordoba Bus Station every hour or so and take around 30 minutes to the town (Autotransportes Ureña, around 7€ return ticket). Bujalance bus stop is 10 minutes walking distance from the old town centre, tourism information office is located in Plaza Mayor. Must see: the Muslim castle and narrow streets surrounding, the Cathedral and its impressive leaning tower, the chapel of Jesus Nazareno surrounded by olive fields and the baroque buildings and palaces (e.g. Hospital de San Juan de Dios), all monuments are free. For eating, most locals would recommend Restaurante El Tomate, in C/Rector Viejo (lunch set menu of tasty local food “menu del día” for less than 10€). For sleeping, Hopedería La Querencia, in Plaza Mayor, which offers excellent value for price.
In Cordoba province are other beautiful villages like Priego de Córdoba, an example of Spanish baroque; Zuheros, the typical white Andalusian village with an impressive castle built on a rock; and Montilla, hometown of Montilla-Moriles wine.
Parque Nacional de la Sierra de Hornachuelos in Hornachuelos and Parque Natural de las Sierras Subbéticas in Cardeña are interesting nature reserves.
Iznájar. Just over one hour's drive from Córdoba, Granada and Málaga cities lies the village of Iznájar, the most southerly village of the Sierra Subbética mountain range, last known home to the Iberian Lynx.Iznájar is an extremely popular tourist village due to it being on the edge of the Embalse de Iznájar - a 999,000 hectolitre manmade lake that permits fishing and water sports including sailing and kayaking throughout the year. The village is worth visiting all year round, although has special Fiestas including Semana Santa (Easter Holy Week) and around 7th-9th of September there are huge processions in honour of the Virgin of Piety. More than 250,000 people come to witness this incredibly moving event. There are many places to stay from Luxury B&Bs to Self Catering Holiday Houses to Hotels, Hostels and Pensions.