a look at
trees and cured ham
forests and beautiful villages!
In the western part of
Sierra Morena and near the Portuguese border, there is the Natural
Park Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche. Celts, Arabs,
Portuguese and the Knights Templar, soldier monks of an esoteric order, dominated
the region and appreciated its soft climate during the summer and
for hunting. Today the region is famous for the production of
" Iberian pork ", the finest cured jamon of Jabugo.
- Aracena and
- Minas de
A shorter route takes the traveller west of the Sierra Morena
mountains and to the thickly wooded
Natural Park of Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche.
Here is the heart of production of the famous Jabugo,
Cumbres Mayores and Cortegana. Castles, churches, hermitages and even a mosque are
witnesses of the religious tradition of this region and
its people. In Aracena there is the "Cave of
Marvel", a stalactite cave and in Minas de
Riotinto a copper-ore mine.
From Seville on Highways N 630 and N 433 to
the Natural Park Sierra de Aracena. The route continues on
the N 455 towards Valverde del Camino, with an excursion
to Minas de Riotinto and ends in the capital of the
2 days. Longer stays recommended for hikers.
approx. 300 kilometers/185 miles
Spring to Autumn
Landscape and protected
The tour passes through holm- and corkoak forests into the
green zone of the Natural Park Sierra de Aracena, which is
located in the western range of the "Sierra
Morena", which owes its name to its stone structure
(slate, schist) and to numerous holmtrees. The most
ancient European copper mines are located south of the
village of Minas de Riotinto mines.
Natural Park Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche
In this Natural Park of great size (184,000 hectares)
there are 28 villages. The rainfall from
the Atlantic Ocean creates an ideal climate for the dense
forests. Among other species it is possible to find all
kinds of oaks and the chestnut tree. The fauna is very
varied, with species in danger of extinction, as the
golden eagle, the wildcat or the hawk.
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Airport San Pablo
Railway station Santa Justa (Avenida Kansas City)
hotels and hostels in Seville and Huelva. In the Sierra many country houses ("casas
rurales") and 5 campsites can also be found.
Saint Feasts / Ferias
each town celebrates its own patron saint, a procession
and/or its "feria" (fair).
Alájar & Fuenteheridos
Señora de los Ángeles (Sept. 7-9)
Eulalia (3rd Saturday. in May)
Antonio (Mid of June)
Crosses (Beginning of May)
Week, Feria de Abril
The capital of Andalusia with its famous Cathedral and the
Fortress (Alcázar) in the historic part of the city.
Higueras de la Sierra (Miles 47,
Picturesque village, famous for the cavalcade of the Three
Kings of Orient (January 5).
Aracena (Miles 53, 7,610 Inhabitants)
Center of the region. Ruins of a
former fortress; churches of Nuestra Señora del
Mayor Dolor and Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
on the Plaza Alta. Principal attraction: the Cave of Marvels with
stalactites and stalacmites.
Funteheridos (Miles 58, 630 Inhabitants)
Picturesque mountain village with the church Espíritu
Alájar (Miles 62, 800 Inhabitants)
village of Arab origin, placed in a charming landscape.
Baroque church of San Marcos. Good views from the Peña
de Arias Montano, refuge of the humanist philosopher
A. Montano. Closely: Sanctuary Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles.
Santa Ana la Real
Small population with narrow streets, the hermitage of San
Bartolomé and - in the suburbs - the cataract of "El
Almonaster la Real (Miles 72,
Also of Arabic origin with the remains of a mosque
inside the ruins of the castle. Parochial Gothic church St
Cortegana (Miles 76, 4,970 Inhabitants)
Center of the regional handicraft. Castle of the 13th
century and churches Salvador and San Sebastian.
Aroche (Miles 84, 3,110 Inhabitants)
Former Roman stronghold. Arabic castle with bullring and
archaeological museum. Many good preserved noble houses
(mansions), church Nuestra Señora de la Asunción.
Jabugo (Miles 99, 2,400 Inhabitants)
Small village, today the most famous village of the region
for its production of the Iberian pork (" Pata
Negra"). It is possible to visit Sanchez Romero's
cured ham factory.
Church San Miguel Archangel
del Robledo (Miles 103,
Good starting point for hikers.
Minas de Riotinto (Miles 132,
Copper-mimig town. It is possible to visit
the former mine and a museum. Roman
necropolis de la Dehesa; Quarter Bella Vista
in Victorian style.
Nerva (Miles 135, 6,000 Inhabitants)
Birth place of the painter Vázquez Díaz. Local museum in
the town hall.
Zalamea la Real (Miles 141,
Dólmenes de El Pozuelo (3.000 b.C.)
"Cultura dolménica" Interpretation Centre.
Church Nuestra señora de la Asunción
Valverde del Camino
Small town famous for its leatherware
(boots, shoes). Located on the principal highway towards:
(Miles 186, 148,800 Inhabitants)
The capital of the
province, situated on the mouth of the river Odiel.
Columbus started his journey to the New World in the
nearby village Palos de la Frontera (8 Miles).