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From Seville: Full-Day Aracena & Rio Tinto Mines Tour

1. From Seville: Full-Day Aracena & Rio Tinto Mines Tour

Discover a completely different area to the rest of the world, so much so that NASA has set a base to study this mysterious land. Rio Tinto and its surroundings have been exploited for its copper, silver and gold content for more than 2000 years which changed the landscape of this area so much that it now resembles Mars. The main river here runs among the old mining fields, transporting the minerals of the soil. These metallic minerals turn the river into a reddish color with acidic waters, making life in the river nearly impossible.  From Seville, visit the biosphere reserve of Dehases de Sierra Morena. The reserve offers you the chance to see some of the bulls and Iberian pigs which inhabit the area. Continue to the town of Aracena, where you can visit the castle and the Gruta de las Maravillas, literally "Cave of Wonders." Visit the Peña de Arias Montano, where you will explore the Mediterranean forest revealing in the stunning environment. Discover the Mosque of Almonaster la Real, the Rio Tinto as well the a forest full of chestnut trees. The tour also offers the possibility of visiting a farm of wild bulls. After Rio Tinto, head to Aracena, a small town located in the middle of Sierra Morena. This is the capital city of the Natural Park Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche. Aracena offers visitors amazing trails through its Dehesas full of cork trees and oaks, where the Iberian pigs live in freedom and peace. Once in Aracena, you will visit Grutas de las Maravillas, a natural cave almost 2000 meters long, full of stalactites and stalagmites formed by the water running in the limestone.

From Seville: Aracena and the Cave of Wonders Full Day

2. From Seville: Aracena and the Cave of Wonders Full Day

Start your trip in Seville capital, where visitors will be picked up in their accommodations or nearby places. You will go to the municipality of Aracena where you will enjoy the Cave of  Wonders, the Ham Museum and the visit to the medieval castle of the Andalusian period. (All tickets are included in the tour).  The Cave of Wonders where stalactite formations, stalagmites, columns and castings are ready for you to discover on this trip to another world in a cave of great beauty and visibility with more than 2,000 m in length. After lunch (not included) in the municipality you will go to La Peña de Arias Montano, near the municipality of Alájar, mystical place since the humanist who gave it name, where we can enjoy a pleasant walk and a spectacular view Of the mountain range. You can buy typical and handcrafted products in the shops of La Peña.

From Seville: Iberian Ham Full-Day Tour to Aracena

3. From Seville: Iberian Ham Full-Day Tour to Aracena

Ever wondered why Jamón ibérico is one of the most precious delicacies in Spanish gastronomy? Learn about a product as natural as the verdant fields where the Iberian breed grazes and as ancient as the centuries old Spanish tradition. Discover the secret behind Iberian ham — Spain´s top gourmet delicacy, by joining this day tour where you can acquire the skills to distinguish its distinctive flavor, rich scent and fine texture. This culinary expedition will take to you to the heart of the Natural Park of Aracena where you can get to know the whole artisanal process. Indulge in a sumptuous tasting of Jamón ibérico at 1 of only 4 production areas in the whole of Spain, Sierra de Jabugo. After tasting this Spanish delicacy, visit the charming village of Aracena set in a natural park and renowned for its famous architecture, gastronomy and la Gruta de las Maravillas, one of the best-preserved caves in Europe (optional).

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What people are saying about Aracena

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 84 reviews

Enjoyed this day trip. Partly due to clear explanations from guide Sergio, no rush, time was taken for everything. Many stops with beautiful views and the cave is just… breathtakingly beautiful. I also had three nice fellow travelers. So Sergio and fellow travellers, thank you for the beautiful, educational day. Grt Cinthia

This tour is simply amazing! You get to visit few of the most amazing and unique places in Spain (I'd say in the world!) with the comfort of a private car and a personal guide, Enrique, who is prepared, nice, kind and knows the best hidden gems in the area. Super happy!

The trip is wonderful, the place is more than wonderful, the supervisor of the trip is nice and he has a lot of interesting and scientific information about every place. The content of the trip and the places covered vary between nature and historical place

This is an amazing tour. Miguel was very knowledgeable about the mines and provided a great mixture of history of the area. The caves of Aracena were breathtaking. I recommend this tour to all nature lovers and especially geologists.

Brilliant experience. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable on the local culture and history. Very friendly and welcoming. 100% recommend