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The village

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The village

Berrocal is a small village nestled on top of a mountain, embedded in the green forests of oak trees surrounding it and has preserved an exquisite form their ancient traditions and ways of rural life today practically disappeared an urbanizing world. Its nearly 400 people clinging to the land from which draw an important part of their economic resources such as cork, honey, Iberian pig ranching or hunting ...

Its origins are remote, always linked to the exploitation of minerals began 5,000 years ago as evidenced by the multitude of megalithic remains of the town and the region and being a crossing of trade routes of ore to Seville and from time Tartessian and increased during Roman times, though not in its present urban configuration to the repopulation of the middle Ages after the reconquest, the last remaining city first tartésica and then Roman Tucci, which depended until the city was depopulated and he disappeared from history except the small town of Berrocal who survived with great effort at the expense of losing much of its term absorbed by neighboring populations.

Worth strolling through cobblestone streets or go to viewpoints or enjoy the scenery that can be seen from the area known as the High Cliffs from which you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Rio Tinto that runs sandwiched between mountains. Other impressive views of the people themselves are seen from the hillock of La Picota, just across the river from which you can see almost the whole region.

Geographically it is located halfway between two natural regions County and the mining but has historically been isolated from both, being one of the keys to its uniqueness, isolated but not quite, since the start of operation of the mining railway in the nineteenth century, partly meant greater external influence but that soon changed traditional ways of life of the people.

Special mention festivals are one of the main attractions of a town that has preserved as few traditions, including greatly highlight the festivities of Las Cruces de Mayo, during which the town is divided into two halves, each one -the follower of Hermandad de la Cruz de Arriba and below- Cross, is a party rooted in time and traditions linked to the land and nature, mixing pagan and religious elements and which is different from other holidays of the same name held in other parts of Andalusia. There, during the rest of the year other festivals of great tradition as The Sachos, carnivals, San Juan as well as different events like mycological days, the route BTT Berrocal and others, in addition to the camps and the slaughter of pigs in winter , musical events ...

The term of Berrocal is included entirely within the declared by the Junta de Andalucía, as protected landscape Rio Tinto for its scenic qualities and the reason the river in one of his most beautiful and wild by the municipality of Berrocal zone areas. Virtually everything is seen from the village is nature, mainly formed by the Mediterranean cork oak forest and oak along with an abundant shrub vegetation, formed by arbutus, rockrose, rosemary or heather supports a variety of wildlife.