The historic Via de la Plata ("Silver Route") that links the south and north of the Peninsula, has its origin in the Via Augusta. A place of transit for travellers and pilgrims, it is wild, mountainous terrain, populated by holm oak groves, cork oak groves and dehesas, where the fighting bull grazes. Some of the best fighting bull breeders in the country can be found in this region. Iberian pigs, horses and cattle are also common in the area. It is the least populated region of the province, with only eight towns and a few scattered villages.
It is criss-crossed by numerous rivers whose banks are full of life. There is an abundance of small riverside woods of alders, elms, ashes and willows that are a true spectacle in autumn when the water rushes down from the mountains.
The wildlife includes dehesa species such as rabbits, hares, partridges, thrushes, wood pigeons, turtledoves, short-toed eagles, deer, wild boars and foxes. On the summits, imperial eagles, black vultures and wolves can be found.
For fishing enthusiasts, there are species such as barbels, carp and black bass. Newts can be found in the streams.
The Green Corridor of the Guadiamar begins in this region, in El Castillo de las Guardas. It is an old mining area with sites of outstanding natural beauty, such as El Pilar de la Fuente Hombría and El Lago de las Minas. Visit the nature reserve and spend a day among animals, while discovering the native flora. Enjoy fishing in the Serrano Lakes and relax by the La Minilla Reservoir.
Other places of interest are Castilblanco de los Arroyos with areas such as Siete Arroyos and Riveras del río Viar; and Guillena on the Ruta del Agua, with the Ribera de Huelva and the Ribera de Cala. And don't miss the Encina de los Perros Natural Monument in the village of El Álamo, in the district of El Madroño.