Aracena is the largest town in the Parque Natural Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche. It is famous for its ruined castle and pretty church. It was once ruled by the Moors and later by the Knights Templar, both of whom left an interesting architectural heritage behind. Around the pleasant square are several shops and bars along with the Confiteria Rufino, famous for its fine cakes.
Explore the local town with its Castillo and large church which is entered through an impressive archway. The Iglesia Nuestra Senora de los Dolores was built by the Knights Templar in the 14th century. The 15th century Cabildo Viejo, the former town hall, is now the tourist office which has excellent displays and information. Walking is popular in this scenic area and the GR41.3 is a beautiful trail through the chestnut trees to La Nava. Take the popular PR A-48 to Las Presa for a dip in the river or go swimming in the Aracena swimming pool. Scenic drives, walks, horse riding and mountain biking offer endless natural attractions, small villages and plenty of wildlife with over 85 species of birds.
The spectacular limestone caves known as the Gruts de las Maravillas, or Caves of Marvels, are just outside Aracena. The 12 caves stretch for 1200 metres with dramatic limestone formations and underground lakes. There is also a small geological museum. Northeast of the town is the Aracena Reservoir, Embalse de Aracena, which offers swimming, pleasant beaches and picnic areas beneath the oaks. Alajar is a handsome whitewashed village within easy reach of holiday rentals in Aracena. Close to the Portuguese border, Aroche has mediaeval walls and a bullring.
Holiday villas in Aracena enjoy hot dry summers and mild showery winters. From October to March temperatures range between 17-21°C (63-70°F). The maximum rainfall is in the winter, particularly December which has around 121mm (5 inches). During the summer temperatures are 21-30°C (70-86°F) and there is zero rainfall.
The nearest airport is Seville San Pablo (SVQ) Airport located 10 km north east of the city and about 90 km from Aracena holiday villas. It is served by budget airline Ryanair from various European cities along with Air Europa and Iberia which offer mostly domestic flights. Average flight time is 2Â½ hours from the UK. Faro Almeria (FAO) Airport, just over the border in Portugal, is a little further away at 200 km. Faro has flights from over 20 airports in the UK with many budget airlines. From Faro it is an easy drive along the E1 to the Huelva Province.