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Benalup Casas Viejas

Benalup Casas Viejas

This vast park covers 167,767ha from Tarifa in the south to the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park in the north. It is named after its handsome and beautifully kept cork tree grove, the largest in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the most important ones in the world.

The cave was ‘discovered' on 17th April 2013 by Juan Cabré and Eduardo Hernández-Pacheco, they reported in detail on a large number of cave paintings, mainly representations of birds, quadrupeds and anthropomorphs.

Benalup-Casas Viejas, in the Province of Cádiz, is a traditionally agricultural town, whose economy and tourist industry is enjoying healthy growth. It has been described as a young town with a history and is right at the entrance to the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, with the Barbate river running alongside.

The barefoot Carmelite monks, who chose the most beautiful countryside they could find for the prefect tranquil retreat between the cork trees and oak trees, built this impressive monastery in 1717. The result was this splendid building in the clearing of the forest, in a square with two diagonally facing structures added on.