Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park, located in the north of the province of Seville, is a protected natural area that was declared a natural park in 1989. The Park covers 177,484 hectares, spanning over the municipalities of Alanís, Almadén de la Plata, Cazalla de la Sierra, Constantina, Guadalcanal, El Real de la Jara, El Pedroso, La Puebla de los Infantes, Las Navas de la Concepción and San Nicolás del Puerto, all in Seville’s Sierra Morena region.
These low mountains are part of the Sierra Morena, which runs over more than 400 km from west to east. Heights range between 260 and 968 m, with a landscape dominated by holm and cork oak meadows and riparian vegetation along the few rivers that run north to south towards the River Guadalquivir.
The Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park joined the European Geoparks Network in September 2011.
The geological, archaeological and mining wealth and vast size of the geopark have enabled the identification of multiple Points of Geological Interest and several short to medium distance Geotourism Routes.
Areas and spaces to be highlighted in the Natural Park are:
Other protection status and awards given to this space include:
The vegetation in Seville’s Sierra Morena is adapted to the dry, hot summers and mild winters typical of the Mediterranean climate. The two most prominent species are holm oak and cork oak. There is a lush gall oak forest in Constantina. It is also the only place in the province with a Pyrenean oak. The Park also boasts a stunning landscape of meadows dotted with holm, cork and gall oaks.
Vast swaths of vegetation are populated with wild boar and deer, the most representative large herbivorous mammal in the Iberian Peninsula. As for carnivores, it is known that lynx occurs in the area; however, the population must be very small. Other more abundant elusive species include fox, genet, polecat, badger, mongoose, wildcat and otter.
There are also areas where black vultures, large eagles and black storks can be seen, as well as bustards, black-bellied sandgrouse and kestrels, black wheatears and blue rock thrush.