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The village of Santa Elena stands on a hill at the mouth of the Desfiladero de Despeñaperros (gorge), which acts as a departure point for hunters in the nearby mountains and for numerous footpaths leading into the wild and dramatic landscapes of the Parque Natural de los Despeñaperros.

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  • Despeñaperros Nature Reserve Interesting

    E - 23213 Santa Elena

    A deep gorge carved out of the Sierra Morena by the Río Despeñaperros forms a natural gateway between Andalucía and the rest of Spain. Travellers of old feared the gorge on account of its bandits, but the Desfiladero de Despeñaperros is now part of t..

  • Cueva de los Muñecos

    E - 23213 Santa Elena

    The cave is 3km west of Santa Elena, towards Miranda del Rey. It contains remarkable paintings, animal outlines drawn with a steady hand.

  • The Órgans

    E - 23213 Santa Elena

    You reach the site by taking the Arroyo del Rey route, which crosses gorges and goes through areas where strange shapes have been formed by erosion and heavy rain. The rocks look like gigantic tubes, hence their name.

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  • Hotel Alfonso VIII

    Ctra A -4 Km 259 E - 23213 Santa Elena

    Located by the Despeñaperros Nature Reserve, this sober style Andalusian hotel offers pleasant mountain views and an exquisite à la carte restaurant. The rooms in Hotel Alfonso VIII feature en-suite bathrooms with hairdryer and tub. They all have a ..

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