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There can be little doubt that it is Cordoba, Granada and Sevilla that come to mind first, when Andalusia is mentioned. Then come Malaga and Cadiz followed by Jaén. Huelva and Almeria form the rearguard. In spite of this there is much to be seen in Huelva - in particular much of the well known and highly esteemed Doñana National Park and the Sierra de Aracena.
The Parque Nacional de Doñana is one of the finest wetland reserves in Europe. The waters are trapped behind dunes but often these areas dry out completely in the summer. Depending on the time of year, they attract flamingos and black-legged stilts as well as countless types of duck, goose gull and waders. There are numerous other birds never seen in the United Kingdom. Wild boars abound along with red and fallow deer.
From the Centro de Recepción El Acebuche, about 12 kilometres towards the coast from El Rocio, it is possible to get trips into the park for about three and a half hours in a four by four minibus.
This Sierra lacks the magnificence of the sierras of Cazorla, Ronda, Grazalema and others. However it is both attractive and extremely interested. The hills are largely wooded and most tops are easily accessed. There are miles of waymarked paths. Where a hilltop is not covered in trees, it normally has an interesting building on top.
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