Sierra North of Seville Route
Today we are going to talk about the Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park. This park is part of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve “Las Dehesas de la Sierra Morena”. The Sierra Norte provides the opportunity to practice numerous outdoor activities: hiking, horseback riding, cycling, and for the more adventurous there is the temptation to practice climbing in the Cerro del Hierro, but as you know we try to give you options for family travel and that the little ones enjoy the most of the experience of travelling in a motorhome.
In the Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park there are ten villages, each with its own charm and history, but we are going to focus on three of them, Cazalla de la Sierra, San Nicolás del Puerto and Las Navas de la Concepción.
* Parish Church of Our Lady of Consolation
Our first stop will be in Cazalla de la Sierra, to visit this beautiful town with a great cultural heritage, a rich gastronomy and a beautiful natural environment, we will be able to park our motorhome next to the bullring.
A stroll through the old part of the town will reveal the great cultural wealth of this village. Special mention should be made of the Plaza Mayor, where we find the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Consolación. This church was built on the remains of the old Almohad castle that once stood in the area, and of which a section of the wall is still preserved in the so-called Calle del Castillo. Other interesting monuments to visit are the Madre de Dios Convent, the Santa Clara Monastery and the Nuestra Señora del Carmen Chapel.
We continue our walk through the village until we reach the Centro del Aguardiente, a complex located in Calle San Francisco and consisting of three different areas: the reception and the shop, the Serendipia square and the centre itself. Here we can discover the history of anisette in the municipality, stroll through the “Garden of the Senses” and buy typical products of the town.
*Nuestra Señora del Carmen Hermitage
Cazalla de la Sierra has several hiking trails that we can do from its surroundings. The best known is the Ruta de las Laderas, which starts at the Fuente del Chorrillo, it is a circular route of about 9 km of medium difficulty, but as with children you never know, we can always do part of the route returning by the same path. Another one that we can recommend to do with the kids is the Sendero del Sotillo, which we can start in C/ Fuente Nueva until we get to the reservoir, where we can rest in its picnic areas and then retrace our steps. For more information we recommend you to go to the tourist office located in the Town Hall or visit their website
* Huéznar waterfall
We continue our route through the Sierra Norte de Sevilla along the A-432 road towards San Nicolás del Puerto, this small town of just 600 inhabitants has a series of activities in the middle of nature that we could not miss. One of them is the Cascadas del Huéznar, an area of the river of the same name where you will find a series of waterfalls and pools that emerge as the waters fall over peculiar limestone formations known as travertines. Along these waterfalls, also called Las Chorreras, the river flows with abundant crystal-clear water. This place is what amounts to a unique, magical corner of sublime beauty. We still remember its spectacular waterfalls, the sounds of the water multiplied by a thousand, the greenery of the surroundings and the freshness of the waterfalls. There are several options for visiting them.
1st option. At the exit of the village on the SE-7101 road we find the sign “Monumento Natural Cascada del Huéznar” where there is a car park and we can follow a small path that takes us to the waterfalls and the Aréa recreativa los Martiretes where we can rest and enjoy nature.
2nd option. We can reach the waterfalls along the Sierra Norte Greenway. To do this we will leave our motorhome parked in the Recreational Area Nacimiento del Huéznar, we head towards the Church of San Sebastian and San Diego and there you will see a sign indicating the greenway, follow it and you will reach a tunnel, just before crossing it turn right, continue down until you see a narrow path that is attached to a fence, following this path will lead you to the main waterfall. It is about 2.5 km out and 2.5 km back.
Another place to visit is Cerro del Hierro. This is a karstic area of limestone rock rich in iron minerals, which was exploited as a mine from before the Romans until the middle of the 20th century, and which has now been declared a Natural Monument by the Junta de Andalucía for its geological and scenic value, and where hiking and climbing can be practised.
* Cerro del Hierro (Iron Hill)
To get here we leave San Nicolás del Puerto on the SE-163 road towards the village of Cerro del Hierro which is about 8 km away and we can park our motorhome in a car park set up for the visit (these are the coordinates N 37°57’20.1636″ W -5°37’28.776″ 37.955601, -5.624660). Here we will find an information centre where we will be given information about the routes that can be done. To visit Cerro del Hierro in its entirety, we recommend that you hire one of the guided tours that exist to gain access to the heart of this Natural Monument, which is off-limits to the public. They also offer bicycle rental services as we are in the Vía Verde de la Sierra Norte, as well as other guided tours. Here is a link for more information:
We have to remind you that we are inside a Natural Park and therefore it is not allowed to spend the night in any place, we can park without any problem, but to spend the night we will have to move to the areas enabled for it. Here are the coordinates of the places where you can spend the night:
Alanís: N 38°2’12.84″ W -5°42’38.016″
Las Navas de la Concepción: N 37°55’44.76″ W -5°27’46.728″
In our last stop we want to visit the village of Las Navas de la Concepción, a village of about 1800 inhabitants surrounded by a forest of oaks and cork oaks, is a village of clean streets and white houses, which highlights its Plaza de España with the town hall and the Parish of the Immaculate Conception.
This village, as I mentioned, has a motorhome area located in the fairgrounds, very close to the centre of the village.
Apart from visiting the parish church and strolling through its streets, this village has a great charm in its surroundings, we can mention the Virgen del Belén Chapel or the ruins of the Molino de la Molineta Mill.
In order to visit them, a circular path of about 10.2 km has been prepared, signposted at all times and approved by the Andalusian Mountaineering Federation through one of the most unspoilt areas of the Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park. Here is a link where you can consult this and other routes.
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