The finca is only 1.2 km from the market town of Aracena, famous for its underground caves and lakes – the ‘Grutas de las Maravillas’, its ruined castle, Knights Templar fortifications and Mudejar Tower.
Aracena is a bustling town with a covered market boasting three fish and two meat stalls, fruit, vegetables etc. This is ham country and there are excellent butchers supplying the 80 bars and restaurants which do thriving business throughout the year. There is also a theatre and several discos for the more adventurous!
There are many major fiestas throughout the year with the most famous being the Romeria de la Reina de los Angeles on 8th September, when the town makes its way up to the Peña at Alajar on foot, on horseback, in carts pulled by mules, oxen and even tractors! It’s a wonderful blend of religion and revelry. Other fiestas include those held in honour of the ‘Jamon’ (ham) and ‘Seta’ (funghi) – any excuse for a party!
If you love bird-watching the area is a joy. Bee eaters can be seen everywhere and especially on our track and the glorious Golden Oriel can be heard from the main bedroom balcony, its wolf whistle call tells us he’s there but to see him requires more stealth, and sometimes you may even be lucky enough to be serenaded by nightingales! The hoopoe is seen regularly in the surrounding countryside, as are the eagles, vultures and an exotic collection of smaller birds.
Aracena is an easy drive from Seville (50 mins) and Merida (1hr 45mins) with their fascinating Moorish and Roman buildings, and comprehensive shopping. The Costa de la Luz is a 1.5hrs trip, past dramatic scenery including the Rio Tinto mines. It is worth the journey for the vast open beaches and chirringuitos (beach restaurants).