The gastronomy in the mountains is based on the "cerdo
Iberico" (black pigs) which thrive amongst cork oak forests
in the hills of Andalucia. They are farmed extensively
in the "dehesas" of the Natural Park "Sierra de
Aracena y Picos de Aroche" in the north of Huelva. The
Iberico pork, its jamón (famous as pata negra), morcones,
chorizos and lomo, are unique to the area. The autumn and spring
mushrooms are a very traditional custom, and also the deer and
young wild boar meat. Migas (a traditional dish made of bread
crumbs) are very typical in the rain seasons.
The house is in the region of Huelva where the
popular music is fandango. The typical
styles are Almonaster and Santa Eulalia
The best know monument is Peine de Arias Montano (the
comb of Arias Montano) since this is where this very well known
wise man retired in the XVI century.
The Gruta de las Maravillas (The Cave of Wonders) in Aracena. This is a beautiful cave, the biggest and the most wonderful in the world. The beauty of its lakes, the spaciousness of its chambers and the marvelous colours of its wide variety of stalactites and stalagmites, form in its entirety something almost impossible to surpass.
There is also a beautiful castle in Aracena, the Arab Mosque of Amonaster, the
roman walls in Aroche, and several castles in Mayores, Cortegana, Torres and
Celtic military buildings in Encinasola, la Via Julia and a long etcetera.
This area is full of medieval churches also.
La Rabida is the Franciscan Monastery situated
in the heart of Columbus territory
The Doñana National
Park is a mosaic of ecosystems. The diverse surroundings
make it rich with ecological wealth that covers a natural area
of 507,200 hectares. This area is protected land and is considered
to be one of the most valuable natural landscapes in Europe.
The romerias in the spring and summer where people horse ride
around the area, sleep in the countryside and carry saints and
virgins´ sculptures is very typical. Fandangos are sung,
especially in May in Almonaster.
The livestock fairs in Aracena, Aroche and Encinasola.
The carnival in February in Aracena.
Semana Santa, the Easter Week celebrations, ……
The Christmas´ Twelfth Night procession is very typical in Higuera de
During the summer there are many fiestas around the area, cultural
weeks, music festivals, etc.
The Arabic Festival during mid-October in Almonaster La Real. The village plays host to a wonderful 4 day festival when the streets are filled with arts and craft stalls with a variety of performances and live music throughout the village.
Many villages, specially Cortegana, have organised and adequately
marked routes that go through old routes that are delightful
for those keen on hiking.