Aracena Travel Guide

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Aracena Things to Do

  • Cerro del Castillo(Hill of the Castle)

    The ruins of this castle sit on a hill overlooking the town. Unfortunately I did not have time to hike up the hill and had to settle for a shot from below.

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  • Sierra De Aracena

    We spent a day on a very lazy walk from the town. We found a local walk book which mentioned a circular walk along old cattle roads, literally going more or less due south from the town. This was true cattle ranching country, with all the men we saw on horse back. We later saw them in the bars of Aracena with their chaps and leg protectors. Round...

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  • The cave of Aracena

    The caves here are great. Make sure you get there early so you can get in.There is alot of walking in the caves so if anyone with you does not want to walk that much there are so many cafes just outside the enterance where thay can sit for an hour while you do the tour.The temprature in the caves is the same all year round. If you go durring the...

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  • Fingerlickin' good Andalucian mountain...

    Right in the center of town in front of the main square, it's impossible to miss this small typical bar as this is the only one around. We were looking for a "proper" restaurant, but decided to head for this nondescript place instead. We should have noted already the frequency of locals coming and going to realise that this is probably the best...

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  • Tapas

    Durring parts of the year this town has a tapas party where all kinds of little snacks can be had and tasted.A tapas is a small dish of food with just enough on it to make you want more. The Tapas started as a small plate that was used to cover the top of your drink and expanded over the years to include small snacks from the bar.The tapas is the...

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Aracena Nightlife

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    Party time

    by TinKan Updated Dec 18, 2002

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    There is always some kind of party in this town.

    The area has many saints and there is always something going on.

    So .... Eat, Drink and be merry.

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Aracena Shopping

  • Pots , Rocks and more

    Near the Caves there are many local artisan shops that sell some of the local crafts and some of the rocks found in the caves. My favorite is the water bird whistle, which is a great gift to give to nieces, and nephews as it make so much noise. Shop around and barter.

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  • Shops speaking any English

    The couple that run this shop are Belgians living in this remote Spanish Andalucian town. She plays the violin for the Saville Symphony Orchestra and he plays freelance saxaphone I ended up buying 5 CD's including rare local religious processional marching band music.

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Aracena Local Customs

  • Death by pastry delights!

    A pleasant discovery we made as we were walking along the streets of Aracena on a Sunday, was the proliferation of pastry shops. And indeed we saw practically everybody walking with not just one but 2 plastic bags with 2 boxes inside, obviously coming from Sunday mass and now on their way home. We were sure they had dropped by any of the pastry...

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  • Jamon Serrano

    Aracena is known for its cured hams called in Spanish Jamon Serrano or Mountain Ham in English. This is what one gets when you order Jamon in a Tapas bar. I would have bought one but I couldn't figure out how to get one of these bad boys past customs.

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Aracena Off The Beaten Path

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    Walking in the Cork Forests

    by Galahad Updated Dec 27, 2003

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    We spent 2 weeks walking in the Andalusian National Park which is about 100 km inland from Huelva and about 800 metres up. We stayed about 10 km from Arathena. There are a number of waymarked footpaths like this one which ran along the back of our holiday cottage. Here I am walking back to the cottage for tea after having filled myself up on a very good wild mushroom tapas. Some of the local farmers are trying to save their old cork oak trees and begin reharvesting the cork if they can get the quality back up again.

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    A normal day

    by TinKan Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The town of Aracena is a little slow at times but do not think the people are slow when it comes to the shops and market. They are not.

    Make sure you make the trip up to the church and do the trip down into the caves.

    There are many tourist shops that you can look around in. You may even find a bargin or two.

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