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. The landscape is full of contrasts, with gently rolling hills and wooded valleys gradually giving way to dramatic rocky outcrops on high peaks.
An exhibition relating to the environment, with photographs, sketches and informative panels, is on display at the Centro de Visitantes Cabildo Viejo. An interesting exhibition at the Museo de Jamón describes the culture and industry surrounding Iberian ham, from rearing the pigs to curing the ham.
To experience a contemporary oasis in an unlikely setting: the beautiful Andalucian hilltown of Aracena. A modern minimalist boutique hotel, this boasts an art gallery, gastro bar, superb restaurant, and probably the best-stocked walk-in bodega in town.
Whilst Aracena is not on the list of shopping destinations that would at first come to mind. Around the main square Plaza Marquez there is the excellent confectioners Rufino founded in 1875 which specializes in home made chocolate, marzipans and petit fours.
West of Aracena is the GR 41.3 that runs all the way to La Nava taking in Los Marines, Fuenteheridos and Galaroza. This footpath goes past many groves of sweet chestnut trees, so it is a particularly beautiful walk to do in the autumn, when the changing colours of the chestnuts are spectacular.
Aracena has 7,814 inhabitants. The town gives it's name to the Sierra de Aracena, part of the Sierra Morena system. It is the largest town in the Parque Nautral Sierra de Aracena. In 2006 it was named Tourist Municipality in Andalucia, the first town in Huelva to achieve this status.
The guided tour of Las Maravillas Cave follows a circular route of around 1km, and takes around 45 minutes. The visit includes two of the three levels of the cavity, at temperatures of between 16-19 degrees and relative humidity of 98%.
If you are considering visiting Aracena you may find our maps a useful tool, we provide three maps, one of the region of Andalucia with Aracena highlighted. The second handcrafted map gives the location of Aracena with the corresponding local road network.In order to help our readers we have also embedded a Google map which is centered on Aracena.
Aracena, the largest town in the Parque Natural Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche, is dominated by a hilltop ruined castle and church. Its population has grown rapidly in recent years, but it has managed to retain a dignified elegance about its streets.
A period manor house dating back to the end of the 19th century, situated in a stunning setting, within the Aracena and Picos de Aroche nature reserve. Located in Valdezufre, it is 10 minutes' drive from Aracena.
Featuring mountain views, Casa Rural La Era 2 provides accommodation with a restaurant, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a shared lounge, around 2.2 km from La Gruta de las Maravillas. This holiday home features free private parking and room service.
Hotel Galería Essentia features a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a bar and garden in Aracena. Featuring room service, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.
Casa Rural Cinco Balcones features air-conditioned rooms with en-suite bathroom, and free Wi-Fi. The country house is in Sierra de Aracena y los Picos de Aroche Natural Park, 90 km from Sevilla Airport.