THE ARACENA MOUNTAINS
Camino, in the geographical
center of the province of Huelva, is an industrial town half way between the
capital and the Aracena Mountains. Close to Valverde whose name recalls the
genuine fandangos of this land of song, are found the mining centers of Tharsis,
Río Tinto and Nerva. Here in the horizon is felt the closeness of the
Huelva mountains. Aracena, capital city of the mountain range with
the same name, is a very interesting village with a sharply defined steep
cluster of houses. In its group of monuments the old castle stands out, and
the annexed Knights Templars Gothic Church of Nuestra Señora de los
Dolores, elevated on the hill that overlooks the city. Under this mountain,
the fascinating Gruta de las Maravillas, offers impressive formations
of stalactites and stalagmites, "like tears buried in this Andalusia of such
The mountain villages of Huelva surprise the visitor by their profound charm, by "the harmonious and divine serenity that lives in the unending horizon", as said Juan Ramón Jiménez, Almonáster, "whiter than the whitest bright star", has a beautiful Castle, of the Caliph period, that overlooks the daily chores of farming and cattle raising of its inhabitants. From the Peña de Arias Montano, in the green Alajar, the most impressive panoramic views of the province can be seen. And Jabugo and Cortegana, along with Cumbres Mayores, have such clean air they are able to provide, say the experts, the best ham in the world.
the home for the spanish cured
jabugo ham (pata negra)
In the heart of the Sierra de Aracena, in the north of the province of Huelva, at a height of about 700 metres above sea-level, lies the village of Jabugo.
Cold and dry in winter, mild in spring and summer, Jabugo is found in a setting which is unique in the world.
The ham and other products which come from the Iberian pig are often referred to generically as "Jabugo" products, even though they come from elsewhere. This blanket use of the term is misleading, as only Jabugo enjoys the particular climatic and environmental conditions necessary to produce the quality of an authentic Jabugo ham.
The authentic hams of Jabugo are recognizable by the following characteristics:
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