The Nearby Area | Los Marines | Fuenteheridos | Aracena National Park | B&B | Cottages

Discover the nearby area, villages and attractions close to our Bed & Breakfast near Aracena, Seville, Andalucia, Spain in the Sierra de Aracena National Park. Set amongst a chestnut and cork-oak forest we operate as a family B&B and self-catering holiday cottages. We run cookery courses, photography courses, creative writing retreats and fitness retreats. Hiking trails and stunning views.

Close to Finca Buenvino – Los Marines, Fuenteheridos, Aracena National Park, Picos de Aroche, Huelva Province.

The Nearby Area

Finca Buenvino lies in the heart of the Sierra de Aracena Natural Park, near Seville in Andalusia, Spain. This is a richly endowed landscape and one of the least known and most beautiful parts of Andalusia. The walking is outstanding and the air is pure.

The forest view from our pool

Discover rural Andalucia at Buenvino bed and breakfast near Seville

The Buenvino estate itself covers over 40 hectares and includes ample space for short walks, foraging, and of course, if you are staying in the B&B, swimming in our saltwater infinity pool. 

The surrounding area is full of charming, small white-washed villages or "pueblos blancos", linked by a network of ancient mule trails which are perfect for walking or riding.

Aracena, the local market town, is only 6 km away. Los Marines and Fuenteheridos are two smaller villages that are in walking distance. Los Marines is quieter and we recommend the Taberna Bretones bar in the main square for  home cooking on the weekend and a good wine list. Fuenteheridos bustles with life. There are three or four restaurants to choose from there. If you crave the city, Seville is only 75 minutes away by car. 

Take a look below for some more information on the surrounding area, including nearby villages, restaurants, different activities that can be organised, and weather.

 

What interesting places are near you?

The village of Alajar

  • Linares and Alajar are two particularly pretty rustic pueblos blancos, nestling at the foot of the mountains. 
  • Almonaster la Real has a 9th Century Mosque which can be visited.
  • The Peña de Arias Montano sits atop a volcanic plug, with stunning views out over the southern part of Huelva province. Here there is a restaurant, and the small chapel where Ntra Sra. La Reina de los Angeles, a famous miracle working image of the Virgin Mary is housed. It is a place of pilgrimage, and on 8th September every year there is a romeria, when both the faithful and the fun-loving converge from 12 villages, some on horseback, some walking, the women and girls in their flamenco dresses, the men in traje corto , to celebrate mass and afterwards to party and feast at this special place.
  • For those interested in industrial archeology, Rio Tinto mines are only 30 minutes away. It’s worth taking the tour to La Peña del Hierro to see the intriguing scarlet water which the town and river take their names from. The British held sway here for almost a century, and you can visit the mine administrators' quarter where one of the houses is preserved as a museum. The former presbyterian chapel has been repaired recently and is next to the old clubhouse, still used today for swimming and tennis. The oldest golf-club in Spain is just up the road, where you play off mats as the fairways consist of rolled rubble from the mines, interspersed with immaculate greens. The clubhouse is a small wooden hut, and there are 9 holes. At the mining museum children will enjoy the walk through a replica of a Roman mine, or a train-ride down the old private railway line. Rio Tinto has been mined for over two thousand years.
  • Aracena is the largest nearby town, with many attractions. Take a look here for more.
  • Seville, only an hour away by car is perhaps the most romantic city in Spain. Take a look here for more.
  • Mérida, about 2 hours away, houses the National Museum of Roman Art, which houses all the best artefacts from all over Spain. The city itself has a Roman theatre, amphitheatre and hippodrome, and the old streets of the city centre house the remains of Roman temples.
  • There are many castles dotted about the hills between Aracena and Portugal.

What activities are near your B&B?

We can organise ridingcanoeingclimbing, mountain biking, and hiking through third parties, but please give us plenty of notice. It is useful to speak Spanish as most of our activities organisers have a limited knowledge of English. Botanical and nature walks are also possible with an English speaking guide.

An inlet of the beautiful Aracena reservoir, where it's possible to canoe

Walking in the Sierra de Aracena is hugely popular. The beautiful nature reserve we live in is made up of of hills, thickly-wooded with sweet chestnut and cork oak; small groves of olives or walnuts; orchards of apples, plums, peaches, figs and pears, and lovely lakes. In other words, it's idyllic. The wild rocky escarpments are covered in cistus and heather and stone-walled mule tracks make meandering from village to hamlet a delight. There is a wonderful variety of wildlife and the house itself has a stunning hill-top location overlooking the green and blue hills of the Sierra Morena. We advise you to bring the brilliant Discovery Walking Guide and Maps for Aracena or else use Guy Hunter-Watts' excellent book, Walking in Andalucia which has several local walks and is good for other areas of Andalusia.

Where are the nearest restaurants?

  • Although dinner is available at the finca, sometimes guests enjoy eating out locally.
  • Fuenteheridos (2.5 km) Biarritz, just off the main square.
  • Aracena (8 km) Jose Vicente opposite the park in Avenida de Portugal, or Montecruz in Plaza San Pedro.  Jesus Carrión, near the caves, or the cosy El Postigo, below the bullring.
  • Linares de la Sierra (8 km) Los Arrieros, famous for their modern take on local specialties, Michelin recognised.
  • Alajar (7 km) La Botica, down by the civil guard station and El Padrino behind the church.
  • Higuera de la Sierra  (15 Kms) Restaurante Jacaranda, in the Plaza Consitución, delicious food in a typical locally flavoured establishment.

What is the weather like in Aracena?

In early spring the valley below the house is filled with white heather and primroses . In late April the nightingales can be heard and you might see wild peonies alongside the solomon’s seal and the euphorbias that grow under the chestnut trees in the bottom of the valley.

May marks the start to a succession of local fiestas, Romerias and Ferias which carry through until the early autumn. Summer weather is hot and dry, reaching the upper thirties, but with cool nights. As we dine late on the terrace it’s advisable to have a shawl or cardigan.

In winter, log fires, afternoon teas, central heating and cosy rooms will make you feel at home. In fine weather, day temperatures are in the high teens/low twenties. If it's cloudy or wet the days and nights are mild.