Visit to Aracena
If you're planning a vacation to Andalusia , one of the places you'll want to visit is Aracena , a small town in Huelva. This area is also known in the world for the Rio Tinto Mines that are located 29km from Aracena.
👉 With this excursion we can visit Aracena, the Caves of Wonders, the Dehesa de Sierra Morena, the Rio Tinto and view of the Riotinto mines in a single day.
From Seville, we will take the route in a private vehicle to the north of the province of Huelva in the direction of the town of Aracena. It is less than 100km and 1h30 of travel before reaching one of the jewels of Andalusia : ARACENA
Aracena is a charming town surrounded by cork oaks, beautiful trails through the countryside and splendid views over the Guadalquivir valley. The City is located in the north of the province of Huelva, exactly within the natural park called Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche . Ambassador city of Jabugo ham, it is known for its historic Castle of Aracena.
With this guided cultural visit to the historical complex of Aracena, we will see during the walk that leads us to the Grotto of Wonder, the Priory Church of Mayor Dolor, Plaza de Santa Catalina, the Town Hall of Aracena, Plaza de San Pedro, Fuente Concejo de Aníbal González, Ermita de San Pedro and the laundries , its beautiful streets (such as Calle Barberos). Access to the Grotto of Wonders is through the entrance on Pozo de la Nieve street, next to Plaza de San Pedro.
Visit Grotto of Wonders
'La Gruta de las Maravillas' is a network of limestone caves located in the town of Aracena. This underground natural monument is located in the old town of Aracena , under a hill crowned by a medieval castle and the Priory Temple of the Lady of Major Pain, and has been open since 1914. The guided tour of the Cueva de las Maravillas follows a circular route of approximately 1 km and lasts about 45 minutes
You will explore underground architecture and learn about the structure and origin of the earth.
Panoramic tour of the Dehesa de Sierra Morena
One of the main attractions in the area is the Biosphere Reserve , which you will have the chance to explore on your day trip. It passes through some places such as the Medieval Castle of Aracena, the Mosque of Almonaster la Real or the Peña de Arias Montano.
Visit Rio Tinto and RioTinto Mines
We will also see an old mine that extracted copper and iron, and which is now a popular tourist destination in the area: LAS MINAS DE RIOTINTO . It has been dedicated to the extraction of copper, silver and gold in the area for more than 5,000 years.
The name Rio Tinto refers to the flowing water that is red in color. The coloration originates from the weathering of heavy metal sulfide-bearing minerals found in deposits along the river. wikipedia source
In the Riotinto mines they were formed through the karstification process. This process gradually dissolves the limestone and causes sinkholes, fissures and underground flows. Its population peaked in the late 19th century, when the city's coal mines were completed. The mining industry was very prosperous here This is due to the old mining activities of the place, and it is also a great place to see the natural history of the area. The water is acidic and the landscape looks like Mars .
Aracena, the Grotto of Wonders and Riotinto
More details of your activity
What will you see with this excursion from Seville?
With this Guided Cultural Tour to the historic complex of Aracena, we will see the Priory Church of Mayor Dolor, Plaza de Santa Catalina, Plaza de San Pedro: Museum of Contemporary Andalusian Art, Aníbal González Fountain, Hermitage of San Pedro and the laundries, its beautiful streets (such as Calle Barberos) until you reach the Gruta de las Maravillas. Natural caves that will leave you speechless and in which geological formations such as stalactites and stalagmites stand out.
The route offers the opportunity to enjoy the landscape of northern Andalusia, passing through emblematic places such as the Medieval Castle of Aracena, the Almonaster Mosque, the Peña de Arias Montano.
You will enjoy a privileged panoramic view of the Dehesa de Sierra Morena , a magnificent natural park where we will see the remains of the Almonaster Mosque.
The Almonaster Mosque is located in the Almonaster Historic District. The mosque was built by the Moors in the 8th century and was originally a Visigothic church. It served as a Visigoth cathedral from the 8th to the 11th century.
And we will finish with a visit to the RioTinto town and the RioTinto Mines (the walk inside the mines will depend on the time we have left before returning to Seville).
Availability and Prices
Check the prices of the visit and the availability of hours and days according to the time of year in our reservation calendar.
- Round trip transportation from Seville,
- Professional guide.
- Visit the natural environment of the Sierra de Aracena.
- Access and tickets to the Grotto of Wonders.
- Visit to the RioTinto mines.
- Drinks and food.
- Moderate cancellation policy.
- The refund of the price of the monuments tickets will not be granted in case of cancellation of the visit.
- Cancellations made 48 hours before the start of the activity will be refunded 100%.
- Cancellations made between 48 and 24 hours before the start of the activity, 50% refund.
- Cancellations made less than 24 hours before the start of the activity will not be refunded.
What tips do you need to know before your visit?
- A good pair of shoes to walk all day.
- A large bottle of water.
Rules & Restrictions
- Late arrivals will not be reimbursed . If the group is complete, the visit will begin waiting for a time acceptable to those who are delayed (about 5 / 7mn).
- Ask us before the tour the accessibility rules. Thank you.
FAQS : Visit Aracena and RioTintoThe answers to the most frequently asked questions.
DAY TRIP MEETING POINT
Please, check the voucher you will receive for the details and specific instructions about this activity.
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We were looking for a guided cultural visit to the historic complex of Aracena. ALL PERFECT!
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I would totally recommend this tour to anyone visiting the area.
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It was great to be guided by an expert tour guide.
Honor Burks⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Aracena, the Grotto of Wonders and Riotinto
I was on vacation in Aracena, Spain and took the guided tour of this historic complex. I really enjoyed my time there,
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It was a great trip for all ages. The tour guides were very knowledgeable, the architecture impressive. Highly recommended!