Dehesa del Oso Recreational Area

Dehesa del Oso Recreational Area


This small recreational area is situated next to an old forestry house at the foot of El Cambrón, a large rocky mass boasting almost vertical walls that rise above a sea of pine trees at the northern end of the park. The place’s name harks back to the days when bears roamed these mountains, up until the mid-eighteenth century. There is a spring with a strong flow, picnic tables, small meadows and beautiful walnut trees. This is the starting point for the ascent of El Cambrón along the PR-A 173 path, which is signposted.

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Fuente de la Almoteja Recreational Area

Fuente de la Almoteja Recreational Area


The Fuente de la Almoteja Recreational Area, equipped with tables and a fountain, is situated in a pleasantly cool spot on the banks of the Barranco de los Tejos stream. There is a small car park, but we recommend going there on foot to enjoy the riparian vegetation and abundance of willows.

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Peña del Olivar Recreational Area

Peña del Olivar Recreational Area


The Peña del Olivar recreational area has long been highly popular among the inhabitants of Siles owing to the luxuriant vegetation that wards off the summer heat. Many people come here to swim in the cool water of the natural swimming-hole built on the opposite side of the road, in the Barranco de los Tejos stream. The recreational area is equipped with a fountain, a bar with a dining room, barbeques and a children’s playground. There is also a surprising botanical collection in a small, pleasant garden, with more than one hundred species of plants found in the Nature Park, some of which are rare endemisms of great ecological importance.

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Benatae

Benatae


A small town of white-washed houses and a peaceful ambience, Benatae lies at foot of Peñalta, a mountain with several forest tracks and paths suitable for delightful excursions. The summit, an airy rocky outcrop at an elevation of 1400 m, is crowned by a small forest fire lookout hut that affords glorious views.

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Woodland Arts and Trades Visitors Centre, El Sequero

Woodland Arts and Trades Visitors Centre, El Sequero


El Sequero de Siles is a sturdy building housing various interpretation facilities and a visitor information service, along with a small shop selling products from the park and an area for audiovisual screenings.


MUSEUMS AND VISITOR CENTRES
Ctra. de Hellín, 21
23380SilesJaén (Spain)
Tel: 953 491 143

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Génave

Génave


Génave, with a population little more than 600 inhabitants, pioneered the production of organic extra virgin olive oil in Andalusia. The international success of this exquisite product shows that commercial viability is compatible with environmentally friendly agricultural practices. The Sierra de Génave Co-op has an Organic Olive Growing Visitor Centre where visitors can learn more about the co-op’s experience and the traditional olive culture in this area.

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La Puerta de Segura

La Puerta de Segura


La Puerta de Segura is divided by the river Guadalquivir, where a promenade known as El BARCO follows the riverbed. At the top of the town, next to the old road to Orcera, there is a path signposted as PR-A 197. It goes through the sheltered valley of Arroyo de Las Cañadas in a gentle climb past vegetable gardens, olive groves, almond trees and little farmhouses in a country setting harmoniously transformed by human activity.

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Onsares

Onsares


Esta apacible aldea, en el valle del río de su mismo nombre, es digna de visitar porque expresa muy bien la tradicional relación del ser humano con la naturaleza en esta parte de la sierra, donde se entrelaza lo forestal con lo agrícola. Onsares, con sus poco menos de cien habitantes y su pequeña escuela, tiene un poblamiento diseminado en varios barrios (Las Corralicas, El Puntal, El Molino…) y cortijos dispersos por las laderas. Está rodeado de altas montañas –entre las que destaca El Cambrón- y su entorno inmediato está dominado por olivares, sin que falten las pequeñas huertas y la espesa vegetación de ribera junto al río, con abundantes chopos centenarios.

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Siles

Siles


In Siles you are close to two Nature Reserves. It is a good starting point to explore the north end of the Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Nature Reserve. However, it is also very close to the legendary source of the Mundo river (whose name in Spanish, Nacimiento del Mundo, means ‘the birth of the world’) and its impressive waterfall, in the nearby Los Calares del Río Mundo y de la Sima Nature Reserve. Siles, population 2000, is located at a strategic convergence of the mountains, olive groves and small fertile plains in a very diversified landscape. It is also the main entrance to the Nature Reserve, for those who approach it from the east.

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Torres de Albanchez

Torres de Albanchez


Torres de Abanchez, population 1000, lies at the foot of a mountain known as El Castillo (the Castle), where some remains of La Yedra castle still stand, overlooking the Onsares river valley. This position makes the town a splendid balcony to look out over the Nature Reserve’s highest peaks and the towns of Siles, Orcera and Segura de la Sierra. It is essential to enjoy the views from the square where you’ll also find the church, the town hall and the splendid medieval Torre del Homenaje (the keep), listed as a historical monument

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Villarrodrigo

Villarrodrigo


This village of a little over 500 inhabitants located at the northernmost end of the Nature Reserve lies in the ideal setting to enjoy very diverse scenery: to the south and the east you can see the forest-clad mountains of the Nature Reserve and of Alcaraz, the latter in Albacete province; and to the north and the west, the mountains and pasture lands at the easternmost end of the Sierra Morena mountains. Between the two lie the badlands, with deep gullies and earth of surprising colours.

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