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Cumbres de Enmedio, the smallest town in Andalucia

Cumbres de Enmedio, the smallest municipality in Huelva province and the smallest town in Andalucia is in the Sierra de Aracena y los Picos de Aroche Natural Park,

By Nick Nutter | Updated 15 Mar 2022 | Huelva | Villages | Login to add to YOUR Favourites or Read Later
Cumbres de Enmedio

Cumbres de Enmedio

The residents of Cumbres de Enmedio in Huelva province enjoy a system of government that dates back to the days of classical Greece – Open Council. All residents over the age of 18 years meet with the mayor in assemblies to decide on matters affecting the municipality. This democratic system is only possible because Cumbres de Enmedio is not only the smallest municipality in Huelva province with a population of 57 in 2018, it is also the smallest town in Andalucia.


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Sierra de Aracena y los Picos de Aroche Natural Park

Calle Real Cumbres de Enmedio

Calle Real Cumbres de Enmedio

Cumbres de Enmedio is the perfect place to get away from it all. It is situated on the northern flanks of the Sierra de Aracena y los Picos de Aroche Natural Park, almost on the border with Extremadura and only 10 kilometres from Portugal. Since the reconquest of the area in the 13th century until the Treaty of Tordesillas in 1494, Cumbres de Enmedio was just one of the disputed border towns between Spain and Portugal. The architecture in the village has a distinct Portuguese influence.


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Cañada Real Leonesa Occidental Recorre

Iglesias San Pedro

Iglesias San Pedro

It owes its existence to being at the southern end of a cattle droving route, the Cañada Real Leonesa Occidental Recorre, a 700 kilometre long track that leads to León. The droving routes date back to at least Neolithic times. For centuries they have been used to drive cattle, sheep, goats and pigs from winter pasture to summer pasture and between markets. To protect agricultural land either side of the route the drovers had to confine their beasts to the demarcated track. Drovers routes usually take the easiest track between two points so many eventually became formal roads. Many now make excellent walking and cycling routes.


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