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Introduction

Almonaster la Real

Almonaster la Real

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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.

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Cities

  • Huelva - the capital
  • El Rocio- has three claims to fame. The one the residents would probably put first is religious - the annual Romera or pilgrimage. Next comes its wildlife as it is slap on the border of a large area of flood water in Doñana. Third is the actual appearance of the viillage where every road and pavement in the centre is kept deep in sand and horse hoof marks look more in keeping than car tyres. * Almonaster la Real - This is a fascinating village in the Sierra de Aracena. It lies just below the crown of a hill, on which there is a fortified mosque, which has also served as a church and was built using stone from a Roman temple.
  • Cortigana - Another Sierra village with a church at the hill top. Black storks and imperial eagles both appear at times.
  • Aracena Spectacular limestone caves. A Mudejar church and castle ruins on the hilltop.
  • Jabugo a small enough place but claims to be the HAM capital of Spain! Its ham certainly leaves little to be desired.

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Sights and Activities

Doñana National Park

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.

Sierra de Aracena

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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