The Village of Corteconcepcion

The information below will give you a flavour of our village and the surrounding areas.

Out and About 

 

About the village 

Bar Jesus  

This is a small bar quite close to the house where all the local ‘old boys’ go to play cards on a daily basis. Run by an elderly couple and their son, it is a typical village bar, serving beer, Pepsi’s, café, ice creams and fresh tapas of the day are sold at lunchtime and in the evenings. Carmela is a super cook so the food is well worth trying and good value for money.  

Barcina 

Barcina, is a popular bar and restaurant where you can buy beer, tapas and meals during the day and evenings.  Prices are reasonable and the locals are extremely friendly. The restaurant has a good ambience and like most village bars doesn’t shut before the last person leaves! 

El Camino 

Run by Miguel, the food at this bar is fantastic and the wine menu extensive. It doesn’t look much from the outside but it is worth a visit just for the pan de la casa (special pork on herb and garlic bread). In the winter months it generally opens only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, It is the favourite for villagers and visitors on Saturday nights when the tables are often joined together to accommodate extended family meals. There is generally no menu but Miguel will tell you what he has – you can be assured it is fresh.  

El Mato or locally Antuans 

Right at the top of the village you will find Antuan’s. A rough and ready family run bar that is in the local square. Homemade tapas are served here and it stays open really late (or early!!). Their speciality is garlic prawns. 

‘Hostel’ 

Almost opposite Antuan’s, is a bar to the local hostel and this is down some steps. They occasionally do hog roasts which are brilliant. Their tapas menu is varied and we especially like the San Jacobo Berjenas (aubergines with ham and cheese). The people here are really friendly and will be happy to accommodate most food requests/ 
 
Bar Javier  

This bar is renowned for its solomio at the weekends and you often have to book in advance. People come from across the region and it is good value and delicious. In the summer there is a children’s out door cinema next to the bar. It is a popular bar with locals and they have great cheese and jamon. 

Shops and Banks 

Supermarkets (really corner shops) 

There are two in the village and you can buy mostly all you will need right there but in Aracena there are specialist shops if you want greater variety. 

Butchers 

The Iberico pig butchers prepare fresh meat as well as jamon and Spanish sausages. People come from all over the region for meat here and sometimes it can take an hour to be served as the people in front buy as much as 500 euros of meat to take home. 

Estanco (tobacconists) 

Located just outside your front door, they also sell groceries and stamps. They are open Sunday mornings if you are stuck for basic items. Run by a local family, you are assured a friendly welcome. 

Bank 

There is an El Monte bank with a hole in the wall if you need some money. Well within walking distance. There are also banks in Aracena where you can change money or travellers cheques. 

Pharmacy 

There is a pharmacy in the village where you can buy over the counter medication and sun protection creams etc. 

Churches 

There are two churches, one either end of the village. They are typical small village churches and have services on Thursdays and Sundays.

  

Black Jamon 

As this is an area famous for the local black jamon, many families’ run businesses in the production and curing of meats. If you would like to visit one we can arrange this for you. The family is really friendly and they often invite you to partake of some samples with bread and a beer. You can also buy some of the wonderful sausages and ham, which they export to Fortnum and Mason’s. The Cana de lomo and chorizo sausages are wonderful. 

About the area 

Aracena 

About 7km away by carAracena is quite close. It has a splendid Castillo on the hillwhich looks equally impressive day or night. Loads of restaurants and shops, but not one high street name in sight. There is a Saturday morning market in Aracena where you can buy all sorts from clothes to olives by the kilo. It is located at the top end of town. 

Aracena has a huge choice of restaurants and tapas bars. For example’

Mesa Rural serves freshly made tapas at one of the bar and a full a la carte menu in the restaurant at the other end. It is reasonably priced for a quick bite or the full works. The deserts are particularly good, and different. Most of the restaurants serve Spanish food but you can eat Italian or Moroccan too. 

Aracena has a theatre, a large swimming pool and best of all, the world famous ‘Grutas’ or caves. These were used in the Temple of Doom film and are situated below the Castle. Aracena is also host to a number of festivals and concerts in the region. 

From Aracena, you can take buses across the region, to Jabugo, Portugal, Linares, Alajar etc., as well as Seville. 

Zufre 

There is a local craft market on the first Sunday of every month which is fun. Zufre is about 15km from the house, and is a beautiful white village set high in the hills and boasts fantastic views across to Seville. 

Sevilla 

About 85 km away and a beautiful city.  A must to visit. The architecture, museums and shopping are first class. The Cathedral is the second largest in the world and is amazing. As you would expect you can eat well in Seville catering for every palate. 

In the city you can take bus trips, horse and cart rides, boat down the river or just sit and soak up the atmosphere.  

Alajar 

This is a village high in the mountains (15km) where the views over the Sierra are spectacular from the ‘Pena’. There is a twenty minute walk up to what is called a Mirador or view point and although a reasonable climb, it is well worth the trouble. The village itself is set down below and there is an extraordinary bar there where the trees grow right inside the bar. The tapas are good and the atmosphere refreshing. 

Pantana 

The local lake is great for a swim and a lazy afternoon picnicking. In the summer there is a bar/restaurant open and you can have a good meal there. The water is really warm in the summer and there are many little bays to explore. 

The Beach 

If you want to travel to the beach, the best ones are those frequented by the Spanish. These are about an hour and a half away on the Costa de la Luz. Islantilla, La Antilla and Punta Umbria are a few where the beaches are pure sand the atmosphere is relaxed and fun.