Cerro del Hierro Circular

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Mining has been going on at Cerro del Hierro since ancient times; certainly the Romans established a copper and iron mine here and the mining of iron ore continued as late as 1980. The result is a rather stark, rocky landscape, full of deep canyons and excavations. However, since mining operations ceased, plants and trees have established a foothold amongst the rocks, providing a more mellow aspect. The whole area is surrounded by colourful and imposing rock formations, shaped by both the elements and the hand of man into extraordinary shapes.

This short walk explores the most interesting and dramatic areas of the old mine operations. At a height of between 650 and 700 metres, it also provides some extensive views over the surrounding countryside. Those with an interest in industrial archaeology will find an added attraction in the various, largely ruined, buildings and structures left behind by the mining activity.

Spain - Andalucia - Seville - Sierra Norte

Features

Ancient Monument, Birds, Church, Flowers, Good for Kids, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Industrial Archaeology, Wildlife