Castilblanco de los Arroyos is a beautiful town located in the mountains, with a beautiful Mediterranean landscape. It has an exceptional landscape heritage and is a town with an agricultural tradition. It also develops a lot of activity related to hunting, fundamental in its gastronomic culture, and has in the surrounding area a perfect rural environment for hiking trails. Its location in the foothills of the Sierra del Pedroso mountain range means that it has been of great historical importance since Roman times, as it was an obligatory stop on the ancient Silver Route, which today is followed by numerous pilgrims.
What to see and do in Castilblanco de los Arroyos
The monument to Cervantes
In Castilblanco de los Arroyos there is a curious pyramid that attracts a lot of attention, it is a monument to Cervantes. It was made by the sculptor Manuel Castaño Beza to remember the stay of Miguel de Cervantes in Castiblanco when he was on his way to Extremadura to work as a tax collector. It is at the entrance to the village, to welcome visitors, and is a pyramid with half-reliefs of Cervantes and Two Maidens.
The Ethnological Museum Casa de la Sierra
This building is also the Tourist Office, a point of interest in any case for travellers arriving in Castilblanco de los Arroyos. It was built in 1923 by Don Rafael Amorín Lazo, who belonged to a very wealthy family of the time. The museum allows you to take an interesting journey back in time, to how people used to live in this town in the past. It rescues the popular trades and crafts that have become obsolete and offers an interesting insight into the past society.
The hermitage of Santa María de Escardiel
This religious building was erected on a site of ancient medieval occupation, indicative of the great tradition of this town. It is made in Mudejar style, of simple construction with small dimensions. It has two naves covered with coffered ceiling except in the presbytery, with hemispherical vault, very modified in recent renovations.
Visit to the Huerto del Cura Cheese Factory
The cheeses are of great tradition in Castilblanco de los Arroyos and in this Huerto del Cura Cheese Factory the cattle exploitation of the goats is developed , the artisan cheese factory through the milk of these animals. In this visit you can understand what is the traditional livestock of the place as well as the process of transformation of milk into delicious artisan cheeses.
The Church of the Divine Savior
The appearance of this emblematic church corresponds to its last renovation, which dates back to the 17th century. The façade was built by Ambrosio de Figueroa, who constructed a lintel doorway, with a mixtilinear baquetón framing it and a niche in the upper part. Above, a large semicircular arch flanked by paired Tuscan pilasters and recessed, raised on a high pedestal and on which runs an entablature topped by a curved pediment and broken. It is a building worth visiting, part of the historical and artistic heritage of this traditional village.
This location is very close to Sierra Morena, so it is particularly interesting to organize a short excursion to this natural site. It is an impressive mountain range that stretches across several provinces, bordering Castilblanco de los Arroyos. The sierra is very wide, as it has up to six natural parks across four provinces. You can contemplate the wonderful fauna, caves, vegetation in all its splendor. It is a place of great tourist attraction and it is very interesting to approach if you have time during your stay in this beautiful town.