Top things to do in Aracena

Top Choice Cave in Aracena

Gruta de las Maravillas

Beneath the town's castle hill is a web of caves and tunnels carved from the karstic topography. An extraordinary 1.2km, 50-minute loop takes you through 12 chambers and past six underground lakes, all beautifully i…
Top Choice Tapas in Aracena

Jesús Carrión

Devoted chef Jesús heads up the creative kitchen at this wonderful family-run restaurant, which is causing quite the stir with its lovingly prepared, contemporary twists on traditional Aracena dishes. Try the Iberia…
Top Choice Tapas in Aracena

Rincón de Juan

It’s standing room only at this wedge-shaped, stone-walled corner bar, indisputably the top tapas spot in town. Iberian ham is the star attraction and forms the basis for a variety of montaditos (small stuffed rolls…
Museum in Aracena

Museo del Jamón

The jamón for which the sierra is famed gets due recognition in this modern museum. You'll learn why the acorn-fed Iberian pig gives such succulent meat, about the importance of the native pastures in which they are…
Castle in Aracena


Dramatically dominating the town are the tumbling, hilltop ruins of the castillo, built by the kingdoms of Portugal and Castilla in the 12th century atop the ruins of an earlier Islamic settlement. Directly adjacent…
Church in Aracena

Iglesia Prioral de Nuestra Señora del Mayor Dolor

Right beside Aracena's castle, dominating the town, is the Iglesia Prioral de Nuestra Señora del Mayor Dolor. Built about a century later after the castle, the church is a Gothic-Mudéjar hybrid that combines an int…
Tapas in Aracena

Café-Bar Manzano

This classy terrace cafe on the main plaza makes a great spot to watch Aracena go by as you enjoy tapas and raciones (full-plate servings) celebrating wild mushrooms and other local goodies. Such tempting toadstools…
Square in Aracena

Plaza Alta

Originally Aracena's central square, this gently sloping plaza near the top of town is home to an attractive 15th-century town hall, backed by the imposing castle and church on the hilltop just above.
Church in Aracena

Iglesia de la Asunción

This 16th-century church overlooks what was once Aracena's main square.