Aromas del Sur Jornada 3 Aracena

Aracena, which is about 90 kilometers northwest of Seville, is the main town of this part of the province of Huelva. It is nestled in the mountains that share its name: the Sierra de Aracena and the Picos de Aroche.

Although this town and its surroundings deserve an in-depth tour, we will dedicate first part of the day to a visit to one of the places that have made the town internationally famous: Le Gruta de las Maravillas.

This grotto is aptly named as the diverse, exceptional wonders that it holds, such as spacious chambers, underground lakes with crystalline waters, and magical stalactites and stalagmites are fascinating. Although evidence of prehistoric settlements can be found throughout the area, this grotto was discovered at the end of the 19th century, and it was not open to the public until the beginning of the 20th century.

We will now move on to Jabugo, another internationally renowned town, in this case for its ham. The Jamón de Jabugo Denominación de Origen (a certification which recognizes the geographical origin of an exceptional product), is internationally considered to be the best Iberian ham.

We will visit on of the main ham producing factories in the area, where we will learn about the whole production process, from raising the free-range pigs in pastures filled with holm oaks and cork oaks to personally enjoying the gastronomic experience of this unique delicacy. 

The visit will culminate in a lunch prepared with local products.  The day will end with a flamenco fiesta. On this occasion, we will also experience the styles of the province of Huelva, showing the diversity of this art and Andalusia itself.