If you are someone who enjoys the tranquility and purity that comes with staying in towns or by the sea and mountains, then staying at Ca l’Isabel will fulfill this desire. The rich cultural history and peaceful surroundings of the Andévalo region offers plenty of options for rural getaways or short trips either by car, bicycle, on foot or on horseback.
Known its mining tradition in the Ríotinto basin and the characteristic landscape, the Andévalo region is a transitional space between the coastal plain and the reliefs of the mountains. As a result, it is an area that offers not only adventure and hiking activities, but also a place to recharge your batteries and enjoy the coast and authentic gastronomy. When in season, recommendable dishes include stews made of the ‘gurumelo’ mushroom or a variety of Iberian pork products.
The welcoming nature and charisma of the locals and the surrounding region is also unmistakable. It’s an area typified by retirees and ageing workers – with most of the younger generations having moved to the cities – so the amenities maintain a rustic feel. Naturally, there are traditional bars; restaurants, small grocery stores, pharmacies and markets but you will not see a large supermarket or shopping centre in this area. It’s also worth remembering where the ATM’s are located, as they are not guaranteed to be in all surrounding towns and villages.
At the house, all your questions will be answered and help is on hand if needed.
The following suggestions are the most interesting towns for rural tourism in Andévalo.
After you have made yourself at home and feel suitably relaxed, one of the first ports of call should be a stroll around the Villanueva de los Castillejos.
Located in the centre is the old City Hall, which was used until 1991. It is incredible to think that this building survived the earthquake in Lisbon, as its construction of two floors dates back to the seventeenth century.
Right next to the indestructible building is the Parochial Church of the Immaculate Conception (CXVIII and XX). The first Romanesque church did not withstand the force of the earthquake, so it’s possible to see various architectural aspects as they reconstructed the ruins. Inside, the Immaculate Conception of Mary presides over the golden altarpiece of the main altar, and on the other side we can see the image of San Matias Apóstol, patron saint and mayor of Castillejos. On the weekend closest to February 24, local people celebrate him with acts of kindness and giving.
Other monuments and places of interest in the village include the House of Women; the Dance of the Cirochos monument, the Zahurdón windmill; the Corral de Concejo and the Roman pillar of the Majadilla.
If you want to spend the whole day in the countryside, then the Sierra Abuela is a fantastic destination, and even has an allotted space for barbecues and picnics. It can be accessed on foot or by bike via the old swamp.
Calañas is a municipality located between the plains and the mountains. The urban route cuts through the old town allowing you to observe all the Calañesas façades and POI; the famous street of the well; the Plaza de Abastos; the Chapel of María Auxiliadora; the House of Culture; the Church of Santa María de Gracia; El Pilar and Patio Llanes.
In Calañas you can also see how ancient traditions such as blacksmithery, crafting, and fellmongering are being kept alive.
It’s also possible to pass through Calañas on horseback, which allows you to actively enjoy the huge expanse of the nearby forests and plains. Along some of the bridle paths, luscious eucalyptus trees and some repopulations of stone pine quickly surround you, allowing you the total peace and quiet of nature. On the Torera route, you can see what live was like in the old town, as well as what life was like before and after the development of the mines. You can also go hiking to the Molinos del Río Odiel or make your way along the water route through Calañas and Sotiel Coronada. Here, you can start to understand the importance that the water sources had during its mining era, as well as the areas rich cultural heritage.
Located on border with Portugal, on the left bank of the Guadina River, is Sanlúcar de Guadina. For those who love beauty and nature, there are many recommendable areas surrounding Sanlúcar, such as the Dehesa de San Silvestre.
Among its many monuments, the castle of San Marcos is worth making special mention of. Located on top of a hill, the castle offers excellent panoramic and scenic views of the village and the Guadiana River. Other places to see include the Church of Nuestra Señora de las Flores and the old port.
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