Discover the pleasures of the hidden Rural Spain with a holiday
in Andalucia - sunny, Southern Spain .
Relax and enjoy real village life, experience a gastronomique
treat in the heart of the ‘pata
negra’ region, explore the hills on foot, horseback or
by car and for those who want to travel further Granada, Córdoba
and Sevilla are within easy reach.
Situated in the charming village of Almonaster La Real is the holiday home Los
3 Naranjos which provides an ideal location to explore
the very best that Andalucia has to offer. Almonaster la Real
is situated in the North of the Huelva Provence in the Sierra
de Aracena and Picos de Aroche amoung 184 000 hectares of Natural
Park . Almonaster la Real is described by many people as one of the
most beautiful villages in the whole of Andalucía. The
village of 2000 inhabitants has retained its cobbled streets
and traditional style houses, with an absence of modern constructions
of any kind. The 10th century mosque in the village has a wonderfully
restored interior and from the minaret of the mosque there
are excellent views of the surrounding countryside.
The predominant climate in the area is Mediterranean
and the surroundings offer some of the finest mountain scenery
to be found in Southern Spain with cork oaks and chestnut forests
set amongst countless bubbling brooks and streams, making this
a truly unique spot.
An insider's guide to real Spanish treats... Almonaster
La Real The tiny castle at this picturesque little
village in Huelva province is a perfect symbol of Spain itself,
being a mixture of everything from Visigothic to Moorish to
Reconquest and Napoleonic. You may come accross painters dotted
around the streets taking advantage of the sparkling light.
Up the road is Jabugo, home to the finest pata negra hams in
the country. The Observer 20 February 2005
The village of Almonaster la Real boasts a great variety of
houses with Gothic, Mudejar and Renaissance features. Amoung
the listed historic and artistic monuments, the fourteenth century Church
of San Martin with its sixteenth century “Manuelina” facade
depicting Christ's forgiveness, is particulary interesting. A
short stroll across the Plaza del Llano takes visitors to the fortified part
of the town, with defensive walls built by the Romans and Arabs,
and the mosque, a Caliphate building from the
tenth century that was built over Roman and Visigothic ruins.
It also affords vistas of the town and its verdant surroundings.
Next to this building stands one of the two bullrings, built
in the nineteenth century. The other is on a plain called Llano
de Santa Eulalia, where the Chapel of Eulalia de Merida stands.
Constructed over a Roman mausoleum, it is set in a typical sierra
landscape of holm oaks, also known as evergreen oaks.