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What to do in Aracena?

Come to Aracena and stay in our hotel:

Hotel Sierra de Aracena 

You can plan in our hotel your cultural visits or your walks in the middle of nature. You have some suggestions here. You only have to care about enjoying it!


Aracena is a town placed in the middle of Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park. This park has a great extension of forests and a wealthy natural and cultural heritage. You can find different natural landscapes depending on ground altitude or humidity: a wooded pasture with holm oaks and cork oaks where the Iberian pork lives or forests with oaks and chestnut trees. There are big trees like black poplars, ashes, willow trees closed to river banks.

This kind of forest is the perfect place for a fauna variety to live: genets, otters, deers, wild boars; vultures, white-tiled tike, black storks… are some examples. The best way to know this natural wealthy is by means of hiking or riding a horse.

There is a very interesting cultural and monumental heritage to visit here. Some examples are Almonaster la Real mosque, Cortegana castle or Cumbres Mayores Sancho IV’s fortress. The Cave of Wonders in Aracena or Arias Montano’s hill in Alájar are two of the most tourist attractions in the area.

We cannot forget the cousine offer here: game meat, goat cheese, cured meat, chestnuts, mushrooms and the famous and certificated Spanish cured ham.

More info here


You can go to Cabildo Viejo, Visitor Centre for the Natural Park. You will know here about the main features of this park concerning its geology, relief, flora and fauna. You will get information about its mild climate and high rainfall too. The main exhibition in Cabildo Viejo is about the important ecosystems in the area such as pastures, chestnut forests or riverbank woodland. All of them used to develop traditional ways of living as for example stockbreeding, farming, chestnuts and mushrooms gathering and also the application of old water mills.

Phone: +34 959 129 553/4


official website


What about visiting a real pasture and knowing how Iberian porks live there?

Go to where they will explain you the traditional way of extensive pork farming. In the middle of natural landscapes you will know about the different varieties of Iberian porks and their genetic features.

You will begin by walking in company of a guide who will interpret the short path towards the pasture. You will receive explanations about the manufacture of sausages and cured hams in their ham dryer rooms. At the end, you will enjoy and taste different Iberian products from their own manufacture. What are you waiting for?


Phone: +34 627 47 83 38



Do you like walking in the middle of the forest? Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park is full of paths with natural loveliness. This park is the perfect place for hiking, Nordic Walking, go biking or even go horse riding.

You can download this HIKING BOOK for more information. HOTEL SIERRA DE ARACENA contribute to its edition.


Do you prefer riding horses? You can do it in the morning, in the afternoon or even at midnight with moonlight. Go to EL CHAPARRAL CENTRO ECUESTRE. They offer lots of activities involving horses: walks, ridings lessons, equine therapies…

More info:

Phone: +34 666 41 41 30



If you come to Aracena, you must visit its famous “CAVE OF WONDERS

Cave of Wonders is an endless source of beauty made by Nature itself throughout the years with basic elements such as water and stones.

There are several lakes inside and a great variety of shapes and figures. All together with its itinerary make of this cave an entirely beauty by itself. It was discovered at the end of 19th Century and opened in 1914 as the first touristic cave in Spain.

Address: C/ Pozo de la Nieve, s/n. Aracena (HUELVA).

Phone: +34 663 93 78 76


Buy tickets here: You can buy here tickets for Cave of Wonders, Ham Museum and Aracena Fortress all together or separately.



Aracena was founded by means of its fortress placed on the top of a hill where the castle can be found nowadays. During Middle Ages, Aracena was a fortress village. Archeological evidences were found inside the fortress belonging to 10th to 13th  centuries, before Christian period.

The castle was built by the middle of 13th century when Christians conquered the Islamic settlement of Aracena. And for that reason, Aracena castle is a military building.

The Prior Church is the oldest Christian building in Aracena. They began to build it in 13th century and they finished it by the 15th century. It was built in the Gothic-Mudejar style. Nowadays the Prior Church is the site for Aracena Patron Saint: Nuestra Señora del Mayor Dolor.


Aracena castle and its Prior Church are placed on top of its hill. You can get there by means of Virgen del Mayor Dolor street or by means of the different paths along of the mountainside coming from Cave of Wonders.

Phone and e-mail: +34 663 93 78 77 /

Buy tickets here: You can buy here tickets for Cave of Wonders, Ham Museum and Aracena Fortress all together or separately.

Opening times for the Fortress:

Mondays to Fridays: 16.00h to 18.30h.

Saturdays, Sundays and holidays: 12.00h to 14.00h and 16.00h to 18.30h.

Closed on December 24th, 25th, 31st  and January 1st and 6th.

You can download audio guide service and make the tour if the weather conditions allow it.



HAM MUSEUM is next to our hotel. It is the Information Centre for the Iberian pork. You will know here about how the Iberian pork lives in pastures, how it is feed and different process to elaborate all products related to it.

Ham Museum is also an information point for mycology. You will know all about involving mushrooms world.

Address: Gran Vía Street.

Phone and e-mail: +34 663 937 870

Tours each half an hour.

Opening times: Every day except on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st and 6th.

12.00h to 14.00h and 16.00h to 19.00h.



You will also find The Tourist Office placed in Ham Museum building:

Phone and e-mail: +34 663 93 78 77

Opening times: Every day from 10.00h to 14.00h and from 16.00h to 19.00h except on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st and 6th.


Walking down Aracena streets you can find a sculpture around the corner. It is the open-air Contemporary Art Museum: “ANDALUCÍA”. It is a sculptures permanent exhibition opened in 1986. There are a great variety of figures, procedures, materials and artists. As an example, there are sculptures made of stone, bronze, aluminum or iron. Are you able to finding all of them? A clue: There are a couple of them in front of our hotel.




Alájar is a small town declared as Historic-Artistic site. It is nestled in a beautiful valley between mountains full of holm oaks and chestnut trees. There is a cave inside the hill known as “Peña de Arias Montano”.

Benito Arias Montano was a famous humanist from King Felipe the Second’s period. This humanist was also the librarian in El Escorial Monastery as well as alchemist, astrologer or editor of multilingual Bible. He retired here and for this reason the area was renamed after him as “Peña de Arias Montano”.

The shrine known as Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles was built back around 16th century. It is the site for the Virgin Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, Patron Saint in the region. There is a pilgrimage each September 8th when devotees from different towns and villages around come to visit this shrine.

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Almonaster la Real Mosque was built during 9th and 10th centuries. You can find it inside the ancient walls of Almonaster Fortress, on top of a hill.

Almonaster Mosque was transformed to a Christian rural chapel after the Reconquest and a bullring was added lately. You can observe different architectural styles at the same time in this building such as Roman, Almohade or Gothic. It was declared as Historical complex in 1931 and it is considered to be one of the best preserved mosques in rural areas in Spain.

Opening times:

From Mondays to Fridays: 10.00h to 18.30h.

Saturdays and holidays: 10.00h to 15.00h and 16.00h to 18.30h.

Sundays: 10.00h to 15.00h.

Phone: +34 637 59 57 56.

Appointments to visit it are required during weekends and holidays.

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Cortegana castle is a medieval fortress built throughout 13th and 16th centuries. It is thought that this fortress was one of the control points along the way from Guadalquivir Valley towards Aroche and Portuguese Alentejo. In this sense, Cortegana castle was a defensive post as well as other fortress along this region.

During the 1960s the castle was restored to be used as a museum. Nowadays, it is the main attraction in Cortegana “Medieval Days”.

Opening times:

From September 21st  to June 20th :

From Tuesdays to Sundays: 11.00h to 14.00h and 16.00h to 18.00h.

From June 21st to September 20th:

From Tuesdays to Sundays: 11.00h to 14.00h and 17.00h to 19.00h.

Closed on Monday except holidays.

Phone: +34 627 695 801



Antique Roman city of Turobriga is the only Roman settlement considered to be as an urban city in this region. Torobriga was an “ex novo” settlement established in 10-15 B.C. during a process of grouping different tribes of Celtic origin. It is interesting to visit Archaeological Museum in Aroche where pieces from the antique Roman city can be seen, like “tesorillo de la Casa Norte”.

Close to the archaeological site, there is a chapel known as San Mamés Chapel. It is an example of Recolonization architectural style during 13th century. On the walls of this chapel, an interesting mural paintings from 15th to 17th centuries can be seen.

More info here

Address: Finca La Belleza, San Mamés Chapel. National Route 433 Seville-Lisbon, Km 128.

Phone: 859 99 30 38 (Oficina de Turismo) 618 657 480

Visits for groups are available.


PRICE: 2€.


Riotinto Mines are 31kms far from Aracena. The history of Riotinto Mines starts since the very beginning of first settlements of humankind itself. Mining was an activity joined to the development of the eldest civilizations such as Tartessos or Phoenicians. But during Roman Empire period mining got a true progress in the area.

Riotinto Mining Park offers a wide range of activities involving history, adventures, nature and emotions: a 19th century train goes through amazing landscapes. You can admire a singular river never seen before because of its color and its water composition. It is even compared to another planet like Mars. The landscape shows more than 5.000 years of mining and different processes to get minerals. The museum illustrates all those cultural heritages as well as several Victorian style houses which indicate the English influence in the region.

What to visit?

Mining Museum: 5.000 years of mining history.

Touristic Train: a time trip through another planet landscapes.

“Peña del Hierro”: A rainbow mine.

21st house: The British Trace.

Phones: +34 959 590 025 // +34 619 526 888


More info in official web


Enjoying the wide and varied gastronomy here is the best way to recover from intense tours all over the region. Typical dishes made with pork by-products and the famous cured ham with its own Certified Appellation of Origin are the basis. Meats from pork are cooked in different ways such as grilled, stews or with vegetables from the area.

Goat cheese is also an important product here made in artisan elaboration processes and according to traditional recipes. We cannot forget about chestnuts, bountiful harvest during autumn season. They are not only used in desserts but also as seasonings in meat recipes, in purées, boiled or candied.

Mushrooms are another traditional dish in this area. They are cooked in very different methods: in scrambled eggs, in stews, in sauces… Some of them are known as “tana”, “gurumelos”, “galipiernos”, “tentullos”, “lenguas de castaño”, “pinalteles”; edible all of them. But there are also a wide variety of nonedible mushrooms. For this reason it is very important to go with a qualified person if you go gathering.