Huelva Province - Sierra Aracena

Sierra de Aracena

Sierra de Aracena is the large comarca (area) in the north of Huelva Province. It covers part of the Sierra Morena mountain range that spans accross most of northern Andalucia.

Within this Sierra de Aracena comarca there is a protected natural park called the Parque Natural Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche which is a beautiful, densely wooded area. It has small, pretty whitewashed villages tucked away in valleys and dramatic hilltop castles. Its rich and diverse flora and fauna include mixed woodland of cork oaks, sweet chestnuts, olives and fruit orchards, home to wild boar, mongoose, badgers and weasels. It's also a good place for birdwatching - you can even see eagles, black vultures and black storks.

Villages

Alájar Almonaster la Real
One of the prettiest villages in the Sierra, Alájar is overlooked by the towering Peña de Arias Montano.
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Tucked away on the southwestern edge of the park is Almonaster, one of the least spoilt villages of the Sierra.
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Aracena Aroche
The Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche natural park encompasses 184,000 hectares, an impressive 90% of it covered by woodland of mainly Mediterranean oak
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Aroche is located at the far western edge of the Sierra close to the Portuguese border.
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Arroyomolinos de Leon Cala
Small pretty village in the very north of the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche natural park.  
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Cala is located on the A-434 and has a castle overloking the village and in the centre is the Plaza de los Mineros.
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Cañaveral de Léon Cortelazor
Cañaveral de Léon is the village with the main square turned into a natural bating pool.
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The old centre of this tiny, ancient hilltop village, has been declared a Bien de Interés Cultural.
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Castaño del Robledo Corteconcepcion
Castaño del Robledo is a small, well-preserved 16th-century village surrounded by woods of sweet chestnut.
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Corteconcepcion is a picturesque hilltop town with a unique bullring. Nearby there is a mirador with panoramic views overlooking the Aracena reservoir.
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Cortegana Cumbres Mayores
Cortegana's castle dominates the skyline from miles around and is particularly dramatic with the sunset behind it.
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Cumbres Mayores is located at the northern most edge of Andalucía, only 10km from Extremadura.
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Cumbres de Enmedio Cumbres de San Bartolome
Cumbres de Enmedio, small modern village with pretty main street.
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Village with a population of less than 500 is situated close to the border between Huelva province and Extremadura.
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El Repilado Escinasola
El Repilado outside Jabugo is the hamlet grown around the railway station.
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Most nothern village in the province and close to both the Portuguese border and the Extramadura border. Encinasola has a outlying feel and few travellers pass by.
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Fuenteheridos Galaroza
A tiny village of some 700 people, Fuenteheridos can get overrun with visitors.
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ALocated inside the Parque Natural de la Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche, Galaroza is in the Valle de Murtiga.
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Higuera de la Sierra Jabugo
Higuera de la Sierra is a village in the north-east of Huelva province, 97 km from the provincial capital.
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Jabugo is one of the least picturesque villages in the Sierra, with abattoirs and factories littering its outskirts.
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Hinojales La Nava
This tiny village in the north of the province
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Las Nava is a small village near the river.
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Linares de la Sierra Los Marines
This pretty village with white houses, cobbled streets, circular main plaza (ex bullring) and remarkable restaurant.
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Los Marines, is a small village near Aracena, and celebrates many fiestas, including planting a tree and a thanksgiving for conquering a cholera epidemic.
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Las Chinas Minas de Cala
Las Chinas is a tiny hamlet in the wooded river valley near Aracena.
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Minas de Cala is the mining community near Cala, it is now almost deserted and of interest to those who follow industrial history. 
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Santa Ana la Real Puerto Moral
Santa Ana la Real has the distinction of being one of the wettest towns in Spain, and boasts many fascinating festivals
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Puerto Moral has superb views of the Aracena Reservoir, a popular fishing and watersports destination
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Rosal de la Frontera Santa Olalla del Cala
Rosal de la Frontera is the modern small town on the border with Portugal.
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Santa Olalla del Cala is a small town with a large castle on the hill guarding the access to Sierra de AracenaMore >
Valdelarco Zufre
Valdelarco is a small village in the north-east of Sierra de Hinojales (Sierra de Aracena) with a population of about 250.
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Zufre is described as 'a white village hidden amongst the clouds and nature.
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Navahermosa
Navahermosa is a small hamlet tucked away in the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche, belonging to Galaroza.
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NATURAL Parks

Sierra de Aracena y Picos Aroche
This is a beautiful, densely wooded area. It has small, pretty whitewashed villages tucked away in valleys and dramatic hilltop castles..
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Accommodation

Accommodation

Hotels in the main towns and villages. Bed & Breakfast and Casas rurals (country cottages) in beautiful rural locations. More >

Under holm oaks that grow throughout the Sierra de Aracana are black Iberian pigs that feed on the oaks' acorns. The pigs are used for a delicious famed cured ham, jamón ibérico. The proliferation of pigs in the Sierra can be seen on menus, which are dominated by pork.

There are loads of great walks, some now well signposted, along the many tracks that crisscross the Sierra de Aracena.

Between the Sierra de Aracena and the coast is a comarca called Cuenca Minero (literally mining basin or Rio Tinto Mining ) which contains the amazing open-cast Río Tinto mines and an excellent mining park including museum, workers cottages and train ride.

Cycling in Parque Natural Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche © Michelle Chaplow
Cycling in Parque Natural Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche © Michelle Chaplow
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