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Sierra de Aracena

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 Jabugo.

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. 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.

Itinerary
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 province, Huelva.

Distance
approx. 300 kilometers/185 miles

Seville (Miles 0, 710,000 Inhabitants)
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, 1,310 Inhabitants)
Picturesque village, famous for the cavalcade of the Three Kings of Orient (January 5).

Aracena (Miles 53, 6,900 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, 690 Inhabitants)
Picturesque mountain village with the church Espíritu Santo.

Alájar (Miles 62, 770 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 (Miles 67, 500 Inhabitants)
Small population with narrow streets, the hermitage of San Bartolomé and - in the suburbs - the cataract of "El Chorro".

Almonaster la Real (Miles 72, 1,900 Inhabitants)
Also of Arabic origin with the remains of a mosque inside the ruins of the castle. Parochial Gothic church St Martin.

Cortegana (Miles 76, 5,000 Inhabitants)
Center of the regional handicraft. Castle of the 13th century and churches Salvador and San Sebastian.

Aroche (Miles 84, 3,400 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, 2,500 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

Castaño del Robledo (Miles 103, 190 Inhabitants)
Good starting point for hikers.

Minas de Riotinto (Miles 132, 4,600 Inhabitants)
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, 6,100 Inhabitants)
Birth place of the painter Vázquez Díaz. Local museum in the town hall.

Zalamea la Real (Miles 141, 3,500 Inhabitants)
Dólmenes de El Pozuelo (3.000 b.C.)
"Cultura dolménica" Interpretation Centre. Church Nuestra señora de la Asunción

Valverde del Camino (Miles 155, 12,500 Inhabitants)
Small town famous for its leatherware (boots, shoes). Located on the principal highway towards:

Huelva (Miles 186, 145,000 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).


Andalucia routes

Route of Al - Idrisi
Route Betica - Romana
Route of Cabo de Gata
Route of the Califato
The classic mountain route
Jaen - Sierra de Cazorla
Region of Jerez de la Frontera
Route of Las Alpujarras
Sierra de Aracena

 


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