The Environment Agency, under the new national and autonomous legislation included in our first provincial catalogue our Sierra de Aras (Mountain range of Aras). The Sierra de Aras or of Araceli, is 868 meters high and located about six kilometres south of Lucena, on which sits the sanctuary of the Virgin of Araceli, patron saint of the City and the Andalusian Countryside. It owes its name to the discovery in it of remains of altars or altars of a gentile temple, and in its top there was a watchtower to observe the border Muslims, since from its top, extensions of the provinces of Córdoba, Málaga, Granada, Seville and Jaén are dominated, being able to distinguish more than 25 towns in clear days. It houses a very important vegetation, whose maximum interest lies in the presence of a relatively well preserved holm oak, among which grows a thick thicket of black hawthorn, broom, white rock, mastic, kermes oak, gorse and torvisco (Daphne gnidium). At the top we also find some exotic pines. Other interesting species are Alyssun minus, Erophila verna (whitlow) and Hornungia petraea, most notably Cosentinia vellea, a rare pteridophyte in the territory, which grows in cracks of limestone rocks. The Sierra de Aras is also known for hosting one of the main paleontological sites in the province. In some of the numerous caves that exist there, such as those of la Cornicabra, la Campana (the Bell) or la Habitación (the Room), Neolithic materials have been found. But it has been the paleontological discovery of the Cave of the Angel with its remains of the Lower and Middle Palaeolithic, which has given it a reputation in this area, since it constitutes, for that time, one of the largest deposits found in Spain and Europe, and it is calculated between 400,000 and 100,000 years old. Thousands of pieces have been extracted from it, including spearheads, knives and the remains of animals such as rhinoceroses, bears, lynxes and bovids. Undoubtedly, it constitutes the most important natural heritage of the people of Lucena, listed as Serrano Complex of Environmental Interest and proposed on occasion as a Natural Monument. In the Sierra de Araceli you can carry out activities such as paragliding or hang gliding, having very favourable conditions for it, such as a well-oriented hillside and a runway, in addition to having a landing area near Campo de Aras a very large extension. It is quite common to find in it some athletes practicing this sport. Likewise you can practice caving, to own several caves. Other sports are mountain-biking, hiking and a multitude of leisure and free time activities.