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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.
Doñana National Park is a natural reserve in the provinces of Huelva and Seville. It covers 543 km2, of which 135 km2 are a protected area. The park is an area of marshes, shallow streams, and sand dunes in Las Marismas, the delta where the Guadalquivir River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. It was established as a nature reserve in 1969 when the World Wildlife Fund joined with the Spanish government and purchased a section of marshes to protect it. The eco-system has been under constant threat by the draining of the marshes, the use of river water to boost agricultural production by irrigating land along the coast, water pollution by upriver mining, and the expansion of tourist facilities.
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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