The Cerro del Hierro information point is in a public area of about 360 hectares, where the Cerro del Hierro was declared a Natural Monument on 1 October 2003.
The cultural centre, located in one of the finest examples of civil architecture in the county, houses a museum on the history of writing.
It also has an area dedicated to the life and legacy of José Manuel Lara Hernández, founder of the Planeta publishing group, who is an El Pedroso native. This centre also focuses on the enormous relevance of mining in the town’s development.
The Pilar del Barranco is an old watering place for livestock. It is located in what used to be a gully or ravine, where several groundwater courses converge. The hole receives inflows from a mine that channels the water from Parpagón Alley.
It was waterproofed and renovated in 2009.
The importance of the iron mining sector in Andalusia during its heyday is made clear at this old mining site. It consists of an old mine, active until the mid-20th century, as well as lifts, shafts and galleries (some transitable).
The Abrevadero Mine, listed as a Site of Community Importance (SCI) and a Special Conservation Area (SCA), is located in the northwest of Villanueva del Río y Minas.
A multi-species breeding colony of five different bat species has been found in this mine, including the Mehely’s horseshoe bat (R. Mehelyi).
The Cañuelo Park, which takes its name from an old farmhouse nearby, is situated to the south of the Aljarafe Cornice. Its location near the town centre makes it an ideal place to connect with nature and find peace.
The Cerro del Hierro, one of the best known and most frequently visited areas of the Sierra Norte Natural Park, is an old open-cast mining site located between the municipalities of San Nicolás del Puerto and Constantina, the southern part of the park belonging to the latter.