The Natural Park Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche are full of nature areas, monumental sites and unique spots in each and every one of its towns. We propose going on a trip which will take us to six stops, starting from Rosal de la Frontera, then to Zufre, passing through Aroche, Cumbres de San Bartolomé, Corteconcepción and finally to Higuera de la Sierra.
‘PASADA DEL ABAD’ DOLMEN
(ROSAL DE LA FRONTERA)
Throughout the province of Huelva there are a large number of examples of megalithic culture of great historical and archaeological value. The megalithic monument called ‘la Pasada del Abad’ in Ro-sal de la Frontera, which is perfectly prepared for visitors, is only a few kilometres away from Rosal de la Frontera, on the Nacional 433 road, next to the old bridge crossing the Chanza brook.
This monument has six rooms which would have made up the chamber of an old gallery sepulchre. There is another important site near it called Cerro del Castillo of Celtic origin (4th – 3rd century BC) which belongs to the same age as the Dolmen.
ROMAN CITY OF TURÓBRIGA
With the presence of the Roman Empire in the mountain region, two cities, Arucci and Turóbriga, were built. These towns were very close to each other and many remains can still be found today.
Turóbriga was the culmination of the process of occupation and control of the area called Baeturia Céltica through which Rome intended to protect the mining and mineral extraction in the area. Most of the buildings were built between the 1st and 2nd century AD although the city was abandoned in the 3rd century.
The large number of pieces exposed in the Aroche Archaeological Museum, confirm the presence of the Romans in these lands. A few kilometres away, Llanos de la Belleza rests on the old Roman Basilica belonging to the town of Turóbriga (1st century AD) and excavations of these remains have been continuing since the end of the 90’s.
The archaeological work has brought to light a large part of the forum, houses, Campo de Marte and some spectacular thermal baths. The site is perfectly prepared for visitors.
If you visit Turóbriga, it is also worth visiting San Mamés chapel where you can see a series of valuable 15th century fresco paintings along the north wall.
PIEDRA UTRERA VIEWPOINT
(CUMBRES DE SAN BARTOLOMÉ)
In the northern corner of the Park, bordering with Extemadura, is Cumbres de San Bartolomé. Even though it is not so well-known, one of the spots the locals love most is Piedra Utrera, a natural viewpoint on an enormous rock.
What truly characterises this area of the mountain region are the wonderful views of the grazing valleys in Higuera la Real, Fregenal de la Sierra and Fuentes de León.
From its privileged position, Piedra Utrera offers a unique and unrepeatable view of the mountains and plains surrounding Cumbres de San Bartolomé, the forks in Sierra Morena which lead to the mountains in Aroche, Encinasola and finally Portugal.
The white village of Corteconcepción emerges above the intense green of the surrounding meadows. Once we enter the village, the wide Juan Ramón Jiménez Avenue takes us to La Corte neighbourhood where we take the exit towards the Aracena reservoir. This road leads us to the recreational area at the foot of the Crucecita Viewpoint.
From this point, you can see amazing views of Corteconcepción crowning the top of the hill, although the views are even more spectacular in the northern part of the Natural Park.
(HIGUERA DE LA SIERRA)
Las Tobas is a place characterised by its karst rock formation and small waterfall where three statues of the Virgin Mary can be found, one of Our Lady of Lourdes who presides the place and ano-ther two which are hidden away and are a symbol of devotion for the inhabitants of Higuera de la Sierra.
To get to this spot, there is a three kilometre sign-posted path from the road going from Higuera de la Sierra to Zufre. A new viewpoint has also been made recently where you can enjoy the wonderful views of the mountainside.
PASEO DE LOS ALCALDES
Paseo de los Alcaldes is one of the largest open walkways in the centre of Zufre. The bustling village centre is decorated on all sides with a large number of ceramic tiles with details of Sevillian influence.
The wall separating the square from the steep slope becomes a para-pet from which you can let your imagination run wild as you fly over the landscape and enjoy the view of the Zufre reservoir and the perfectly conserved Mediterranean woodlands surrounding it.