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Natural Park of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas

You will find everything you are looking for: cloudless mountain peaks, clear plentiful rivers, never-ending forests, animals in liberty, castles watching over dreamlike villages, still dwelled-in hamlets, a lavish gastronomy, the southern mountains...

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  • Interpretive Centre Torre del Vinagre
  • Interpretive Centre Torre del Vinagre

    It is the main visitor welcome centre of the natural park, strategically located right in the middle of the park. It has different...

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  • Castle of Segura de la Sierra
  • Castle of Segura de la Sierra

    The castle of Segura de la Sierra, standing magically above the village, is one of the most attractive spots of the natural park...

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Adventure or leisure? You choose! The largest forest in Spain, with one of the greatest biodiversities in Europe. Recollections from history: from paleolithic paintings to contemporry painters, you will discover a heritage of extraordinary diversity.

The park spreads over 210.000 hectares (over half a million acres) —roughly the size of the Lake District in England or the Great Smoky Mountains in America— and is the largest protected area in Spain and the second largest in Europe. Take advantage of its excellent accommodation facilities and the services offered by active tourism firms and live a marvellous experience right in the midst of nature.

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The mountains meet all quality standards. In 1983 the whole mountain system was included in the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves. In 1986 the Andalusian Government further strengthened its protected status by declaring it a Natural Park. Some small towns, such as Cazorla, Hornos and Segura de la Sierra, have been catalogued by the Andalusian Government as "Historic-Artistic Sites" (officially protected towns or villages on account their heritage value) and constitute but a sample of the monumental quality of the whole Park.

The European Union has also considered the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y las Villas as one of the most privileged natural areas on the Continent. For this reason, in 1988 the Sierras were declared a Special Protection Area (SPA) for Wild Birds. The latest international award recognizing the importance of the Park took place in 2006, when it was declared a Site of Community Importance (SCI). This international endorsement led to the Park's incorporation into the Natura 2000 Network, a European ecological network integrated by the most important areas for the preservation of the continent's biodiversity. The international importance of the Park in this respect is borne out by the fact that is is the second natural area in Europe with the greatest number of endemic plant species, that is, plants found nowhere else in the world.

Visitors and tourists deserve to enjoy this natural and cultural heritage with the guarantee that tourist activities are respectful towards the environment. For this reason, the Park was one of the first natural areas to be awarded the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas (ECST). For a natural area to receive this European distinction, it is recognized that it respects the requirements for sustainable tourism and is committed to offering tourist services that do not spoil the quality of their environment.

Different types of holiday are available within the Park. You can visit a huge array of different places: the Guadalquivir and Segura river sources, the Museum of the painter Rafael Zabaleta, the Visitors' Centre and Botanical Garden 'Torre del Vinagre' ('Vinegar Tower'), hundreds of hiking and trekking routes, the Wild Animal Park 'Collado del Almendral' ('Almond Tree Pass'), the 'Acebeas' forest ('Holly Tree Forest'), the peak of 'Yelmo' mountain, the Visitors' Centre of Sequero de Siles, and the castle and historical quarter of Segura de la Sierra.. Among your must visits inside the Park, make sure to include the 'Navazalto' peak or the waterfalls near the 'Aguascebas' water-dam.

In our website (www.sierrasdecazorlaseguraylasvillas.es) the information is organized into seven visiting areas —7 microsites— grouping together all the information you may need for each area of the Park. You can design your own personal guide-book by using the Travel Log application. Select anything that interests you or catches your eye, and add it to the Travel Log. When you are done, you can print or save your Travel Log. Alternatively, you may wish to print the guide-book we have prepared for each of the seven areas.

This is a region for action or relaxation, a region where you can immerse yourself into nature or culture any time along the year, at your own pace.


Tourism web of the Natural Park
 

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