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Places of Interest

There are many places of interest close to the Hacienda Buena Vista.

Whether you are interested in the culture of the surrounding towns and villages, natural landscapes or the areas ancient historical landmarks, there is something for everyone.

Discover the Local Area

Click on the images below to read about local experiences close to the Hacienda Buena Vista.

Las Maravillas ( The Caves Of Wonder)

Explore an astonishing cave system in the heart of Aracena with geological formations, such as stalactites, stalagmites and breathtaking pools.

Castle of Aracena

At the entrance to Aracena, this Templar church stands on top of a small hill. In the Gothic style, it dates from the 13th century. It stands on a hill beside Aracena Castle.

It is the oldest parish in the district, and can be classified as a church-fortress. The Las Maravillas grotto lies underneath the limestone hill on which the building stands.

Cheese Experience

Visit an organic goat farm located in the heart of Parque Natural Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche.

You will be able to learn the techniques of milking a goat, visit the preparation room and see how the process of drying and curing are performed.

After the farm tour has been completed there we will be a workshop explaining the how the goat’s cheese is made, you will even have the chance to make your own fresh cheese which you can take home and enjoy.

The activity is complemented by wine and cheese tasting, of Parque Natural Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche.

Iberian Pig Tour

As you are located in the Jabugo Region of Spain which is famous for the black acorn fed Iberian pig, this tour is a must.

There are a variety of tours available, of varying length and detail. Our Experience Team can advise on the right tour for your party.

You can discover the flora and fauna of the pasture and the importance of this in the breeding of the Iberian pig. Visit a factory of Iberian pork products, and get to know the whole process from developing products to marketing for consumption.

Arecena Tour Train

A great way to see the sights of Arecena is on the tourist train, departing from the St. Peter's Square, next to the Cave of Wonders the train tour lasts about an hour.

Visit the Old City and climb the castle hill, where the fortress walls and Gothic Church have stood since the thirteenth century, and witness the stunning views of the natural park Sierra de Aracena.

The train will then descend into the Medieval Square where the Interpretation Centre of the Natural Park is located in the "Cabildo Viejo", the tour will continue taking in the most significant buildings of the area in-terms of their religious and civil purposes.

Campofrio Plaza de Toros

The bullring in the town of Campofrío in Huelva is the fourth oldest bullring in the world and the oldest in Spain, among those that are still active.

It was built in 1716 by the Brotherhood of Apostle Santiago, renewed in 1936 and 1977, and nowadays is part of the Andalusian Historical Patrimony.

It is the first example of distinctive masonry architecture, to which the pianist and composer Rafael Prado dedicated a double march in 2002.

One of the bullring’s key features is that it welcomes other types of events that share nothing with the bullfight traditions. Among them, it is worth mentioning tennis championships, astronomy fairs, and dance shows.

Rio Tinto Mining Park

The Phoenicians mined in Rio Tinto, combining copper with tin from Cornwall to make bronze. The Romans preferred silver, extracting it from the 2nd century BC onwards. To combat flooding, a major risk in deep mining, they used norias (water-wheels) operated in pairs by slaves, raising water from 100m below ground.

The Visigothic carried on the mines. Later, after the Reconquest, cheap New World minerals left the mines standing until 1873.

The Spanish government sold them to a British consortium, which formed the Rio Tinto Company Ltd, whose principal product was copper. Many British engineers came to live and work in the town, creating a mini-colony, a microcosm of England. The first golf course and football pitch in Spain were both built here. They also constructed a railway to transport the ores to the coast.

Castle of Las Guardas

The Reserve of the Castle of Las Guardas is located 58 km from Seville, and set among the ruins of an old mine that dates back to the time of the Romans.

230 hectares of a lush forest has been set aside so that the animals are able to roam in a semi-free environment in their family groups.

You have a choice of using your own vehicle or the pneumatic train, over a route of 10 kms, where you will observe a large mixture of wildlife.

There are separate areas to stroll through, including the Kangaroo Garden and the scheduled Raptor Bird Show.

Once you have finished the tour of the park there is a picnic area to relax and eat something, swimming pools to cool down in and playground to keep the youngsters entertained.

La Reserva Seville

The main attraction is the animals - more than 1000, in 100 species, including tigers, zebra, elephants, rhino and bears. The animals are allowed to roam free around the park, which is located in a former mine, offering a dramatic lunar landscape. To see them, you can either drive along the 15km trail around the park in your own vehicle or take the train. You can stop at a lake with canoeing and pedal boats. Other attractions include swimming pools, performing sealions, birds of prey and a petting area where children can feed the animals. Older children will love the paintballing and karting track.

The Wild West section, which has free entry, has the usual saloon bar featuring cowboys and shows with can-can girls. Shop, lake-side restaurant and cafeteria among the trees.