Vast natural scenes and a rich cultural heritage add to Osuna’s character and appeal, given that it is set in the heart of the Sevillian countryside.
Visitors can take in the olive trees and mountain lands from the triangular hill where the town stands; lands where mild temperatures can be enjoyed throughout the year. But if there is something particular about this town with a stately past, it would be its protected natural spaces, that cover a large part of its territory. This environment is perfect for nature lovers to enjoy hiking, birdwatching, carp fishing in the Río Corbones reservoir, long routes on horseback or organised tours of bull farms.
Osuna is a vast territory and has 387.8 km of drover’s ways prepared for public use. This means we can offer a wide range of hiking trails (details below), to practice nature activities and recover historic places.
Signposted and prepared natural areas are:
· Lagunas de Osuna (Osuna’s lagoons): With its own light, one of the town’s richest protected spaces is the endorheic area. Its beautiful and shallow lagoons are visited every year by different bird species resting on their migratory path. The most remarkable species among the great variety are: mallards, gadwells, Eurasian wigeons, northern shovellers and red-crested pochards; flocks of flamingos can also be seen, especially during springtime. Waders, such as black-winged stilts, black-tailed godwits and seagulls like the black-headed gull and lesser black-backed gull are also all spotted here. The almost-extinct ruddy shelducks and white-headed ducks can also be observed.
· Higuerones- Gomera: This space is a wonderful example of the Middle Subbética, forming a setting of great botanical and faunal richness, in a good state of conservation.
· Necropolis: Following the Marchena-Estepa drover’s way, we come across Osuna’s Roman theatre: one of the few that remain in Spain. A little further along the drove, in what is known as “Las Cuevas”, there is an ancient Roman necropolis. The Roman forum of ancient Urso makes up a large part of this drove, especially in the area known locally as “La Pileta”.
· River Corbones: The river Corbones’s reservoir is particularly appealing for nautical sports lovers. It is one of the very few navigable reservoirs in the province of Seville. Visitors can enjoy a day in direct contact with nature, admiring this natural setting’s rich flora and fauna, or just relax on the banks of this reservoir.
· La Calderona: This path is spectacular, going between olive groves and cereal fields and its wonderful riverside landscape, where tamarix predominates. We find ourselves before a land through which the local streams, el Peinado and el Salado, run. This trail shows us wonderful examples of rural architecture.
· Ípora-Los Naranjos: Reptiles and birds of prey in serious risk of extinction find their refuge in the natural spot bordered by the river Blanco and Salinoso stream, which has some very characteristic forms. Along the river’s course, the spot known as the “planada del río” stands out, where you can see a meander in the process of forming. Foxes, sparrowhawks, nightingales and moorhens have taken this space as their habitat.