Aracena and its famous Grotto of Wonders

The province of Huelva is something more than its well-known Costa de la Luz. In this Andalusian province, and especially to the north of it, we can find a mountain area ideal for rural tourism, with towns such as Aracena, which we are now going to introduce you to, first by reviewing its history and then learning about its places of tourist interest.

Aracena is a town that is located in a region inhabited since prehistoric times. Although, what Aracena itself is, could have had Roman origin, since this civilization settled in the area in search of mining resources. Aracena was Muslim from the 8th century until the Christian conquest during the 13th century, in the time of King Ferdinand III the Saint. In the following centuries, Aracena spread throughout the valley that stretches out, but the real boom came when the Gruta de las Maravillas was discovered and opened to the public, earning the town the recognition of being one of the major tourist destinations In Andalucia.

What to see in Aracena?

If there is something that makes Aracena famous, it is his Grotto of Wondersa cave that was discovered, as is usually the case in these cases, by pure chance at the end of the 19th century and that since the year 1914 could be visited. The cave has about 1500 meters open for tourist visits and the various rooms that one finds, full of peculiar and beautiful karstic formations, have been given names such as the Room of the Brilliant, the Room of the Emeralds or the Room of the Nudes.

Apart from the Gruta de las Maravillas, there are two highly recommended visits. One is the area of ​​the Castle of Aracenawith the ruins of the fortress that was built when the town was still under Islamic influence, and the Priory Church, a group that is located at the top of the hill, in a dominant position. The other, the Ham Museum, which needs no introduction. You can purchase a joint ticket to visit both these two spaces and the Grotto of Wonders.

Undoubtedly, another of the charms of going to a town like Aracena is discovering the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park. In this natural park, mainly Mediterranean forest, you will find one of the largest hiking networks in Andalusia, with more than 600 kilometers of paths that allow you to practically go from town to town through the forests.

Photo 1 | Flickr – Jose Losada
Photo 2 | Flickr – Nacho Pintos

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