The area around our village offers you wonderful opportunities for indulging any passions which you may have for walking, mountain-biking, birdwatching and horse riding. Additionally, as you will be based in the heart of a small village community, you will have the chance to immerse yourself, as far as you may want to, in the annual cycle of the community's life. The people of the Sierra de Aracena work long and hard all day, every day, to earn their living from what is a very demanding agricultural environment. This means that they are determined to extract every last drop of fun and entertainment from the restricted leisure hours which remain available to them. As a result their fiestas, ferias and romerias are all gatherings of great joy and communal celebration, where the innate Andalucian urge to sing and dance is given full unbounded rein.
There is also a brand new 25metre swimmingpool which is open to the public in the months of July and August.
Here, initially, is a short outline of how a year passes in the Sierra, and, particularly, in Cortelazor. You can click on the months for a fuller description of the months' events should anything in particular tickle your fancy. This is a quick summary of a year in Cortelazor and its environs and as you might reasonably imagine is a rather biased view. For a more detailed overview we would recommend that you check out the monthly bi-lingual (English and Spanish) magazine published in Aracena for the Sierra. It is called Entorno Natural and we have an entry for it in our Links section.
January – Los Reyes Magos and Matanzas
February – Carnaval and Andalucia Day
March - Semana Santa
April - Semana Santa Chica and Festival of Flowers
May - Cruces and Romeria
June - St John's Eve
July - Cultural Week and Santa Lucia Feria
August -Open-air painting competition and Feria
September – Cortegana Horse Fair and Alajar Romeria
October – Almonaster Islamic Days, Aracena Jamon Feria and Chestnuts
November – Setas (mushrooms)
December – Mosto Festival and Christmas.
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