Valle de Alcudia

Alcudia Valley and its natural extension to the south, Sierra Madrona, make up one of the most authentic, beautiful and unknown areas of Spain. Located in the south of the province of Ciudad Real, at the foot of the Sierra Morena, this natural region stretches more than 100 km between the extensive grazing grounds, holm oak groves and pastures of the valley and the abrupt relief of the mountains. Alcudia Valley and Sierra Madrona Natural Park, crossed by meandering rivers and streams that bring life and freshness to this corner of La Mancha, is protected due to its rich and surprising biodiversity. This peaceful region is also an immense open-air astronomical observatory and a volcanic enclave, a feature that gives it unique colours and shapes.

What makes this region so special?

The activities of this land dedicated to mining, transhumance and extensive farming since ancient times have given the people of the Alcudia Valley their own character, conditioned also by a inland climate of certain severity. Encompassing towns and villages scattered throughout the valley, including Almadén, Almodóvar del Campo, Brazatortas and Fuencaliente, this historic region has its roots in ancient times: its cave dwellings are home to important groups of prehistoric schematic art. Among its paths are the remains of rich Roman villas or ruined hermitages and, underground, the most extensive cinnabar mines in the world, exploited to obtain mercury, which have been the backbone of the valley's economy for over 2,000 years.