Corteconcepción is set in the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche with wonderful views of the Aracena reservoir and lush countryside of the sierra. The village is famous for its breeding of the acorn eating black hoofed pig (pata negro) and its cured meats including jamón ibérico and jamón serrano. It is also the venue for the National Ham Cutting Contest in June.
Municipality of Corteconcepción is located in the vicinity of Aracena in the sierra and belonging to the Natural Park Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche. The top of the village has a vantage point known as mirador (view point) where, after the steep climb through the winding streets, you can look over the Aracena reservoir and the wonderful countryside surrounding the town.
The centre of the village has been declared a place of cultural highlights that include the Iglesia de la Purísima Concepción (Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception) with its tall bell tower and the Ermita de San Juan (Chapel of Saint John) and the ruins of a place known as Los Molinos.
The first signs of human presence date back fifth millennia as evidenced by the remains of dolmens found in the hamlets of La Gomera and Mount Acosta.
There is some evidence of Roman activity in the vicinity of Corteconcepción and the remains of the shrine of Santiago dates to the thirteenth century but the origin of the present population is of the mid fifteenth century and by the mid sixteenth century it had a significant population for the period. It was at this time that the Iglesia de la Purísima Concepción (1550) was built.
During the eighteenth century the population was joined by the people of Juan Gil creating a village which stretched 1700m in a straight line and was known as Puerto Gil which belonged to the municipality of Aracena.
After several attempts at independence it wasn’t until 1818 after a large payment to Fernando VII it was granted the privilege of Villazgo Corteconcepción which ended its long dependency on Aracena.
Today the village has a large meat industry centred on the Ibérica pig (pata negra) with several facilities producing its products which can all be bought locally, jamón Ibérico of course being the most famous.
While visiting try the local garlic soup and the sweet pine nut cakes and for souvenirs look out for local products made from cork and wood/
In the centre of town is the main square Plaza Concepción. There is a bull ring (plaza de toros) located near the church at the top of the village. This one is cut out of the hillside. The village also has communal laundry washing troughs
Iglesia de la Purísima Concepción (1550) With tall bell tower.
Calle Concepción, 16
21001 Corteconcepción, Huelva
San Juan Hermitage: The 18th century San Juan Hermitage is located in the Plaza de San Juan and was remodeled in 1929.
Plaza de San Juan
21001 Corteconcepción, Huelva
Historic: The nearby villages of Puerto Gil, Puerto Moral and Valdezufre.
Archaeological site: Dolmen de Monte Acosta 14km from the village
Town Hall Address
Ayuntamiento de Corteconcepción
Calle Real, 66
Tel: 959 120 030
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