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Highlights

  • Sampling mouth-watering Iberian ham in one of the many cosy tapas bars in Seville
  • Visiting the gothic cathedral in vibrant Seville which is also the resting place of legendary explorer Christopher Columbus
  • Walking along Roman cobbled tracks, passing abandoned watermills and ancient hill forts left by the Moors
  • Relaxing at the charming Molino Rio Alajar; lounging by the pool or playing outdoor chess
  • Wandering around numerous architectural classics in the city such as The Alcázar, the cathedral and The Plaza de España

A relaxing walking tour in the stunning Sierra National Park combined with a city break in delightful Seville. Spend two days in the exciting capital of Andalusia, exploring, shopping and sampling the delicious local cuisine. Then head into the countryside to relax and unwind in the tranquil surroundings of the Sierra de Aracena National Park for three days as you walk along ancient tracks and paths amongst the lush green rolling hills and pretty white-washed villages.

You will begin your trip in Seville, a vibrant and enchanting city which will give you a real authentic Spanish experience with its breath-taking scenery and historic setting. Be amazed by the great monumental architecture which can be seen all over the city, one of the most impressive and stunning buildings being the Gothic Cathedral - arguably the largest in the world. After admiring the sights and taking in the Andalusian charm, spend three nights in the peaceful, picturesque Sierra de Aracena National Park. Walk through its unspoilt scenery, strolling along cobbled paths and timeworn mule tracks in one of Spain's most scenic mountain regions.

We have carefully selected the most charming accommodations for this trip which feature excellent locations, picturesque surroundings and friendly service. Stay in a cosy boutique hotel in the centre of Seville and a beautiful stone cottage in the peaceful Molino Rio Alajar, a real jewel in the Sierra National Park.

‘Seville and the Sierra de Aracena’ is a 6 day, 5 night self-guided walking tour and includes two days free to explore Seville and 2-3 days of easy to moderate walking. 5 Breakfasts are included (breakfast provisions will be placed in your self-catering cottage whilst staying at Molino Rio Alajar). You will receive comprehensive route notes, a detailed map and pre-departure information pack as well as emergency support, should you need it.

DAY 1: Arrive in Seville

Your trip begins in the Spanish capital of Andalusia. There are regular international flights to Seville with various carriers including British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet. Buses depart regularly from the airport to Plaza de Armas (30 mins, EUR4).


According to legend, Seville was founded by Hercules and its origins are linked with the Tartessian civilisation. It is one of the largest historic centres in Europe.


Seville Cathedral is one of the city’s most iconic buildings, it is the largest gothic cathedral in the world and home to the historic tomb of Christopher Columbus.  The city also has Moorish influences, including the Alcazar.


Overnight: Hotel Sacristia de Santa Ana***, Seville>


This former 18th century vestry is full of old-world charm and character, yet offers stylish rooms with all modern facilities. Located in the heart of the historical quarter of Seville, La Alameda de Hércules, the ‘boutique’ Hotel Sacristia de Santa Ana is only a 5 minute walk from the centre of the city.

DAY 2: Free time to explore Seville

Enjoy a second day exploring Seville at your own pace, taking in the Baroque architecture and sampling the delicious local delicacies.


Seville is home to the flamenco so you may even get to experience some colourful traditional dancing as you take in the Spanish culture along the cobbled streets. 


Overnight: Hotel Sacristia de Santa Ana***, Seville


DAY 3: Travel to Molino Rio Alajar

This morning take a bus from Seville to Aracena (departs approx. 09h00-09h30, duration approx. 1h20).  You will be collected from Aracena by Molino Rio Alajar from the bus stop and transferred to your accommodation (30 mins). You can then enjoy a short afternoon walk in the Sierra de Aracena or make use of the swimming and leisure facilities before settling into your cosy cottage


Alternatively you can opt to spend more time exploring Seville, before taking a late afternoon bus (16h00) from Seville to Aracena, then transfer to Molino Rio Alajar.


Overnight: Your own private self-catering stone cottage in the beautiful surroundings of Molino Rio Alajar.


Molino Rio Alajar  is a little area just outside the pretty Andalucian village of Alajar.  You will stay three nights here in your own private stone cottage with kitchen facilities.


Each cottage consists of a bedroom, kitchen and lounge area and bathroom. Some also have cosy fireplaces and garden terraces.  The Dutch owners, Peter Jan and Monica, offer a warm welcome and are happy to advise on walks in the area.


DAY 4: The Molinos Loop Walk

Today’s walk lets you enjoy some easy to moderate trails—perfect for a first walking day. You will be amongst the lush, green rolling hillsides and trickling streams—a stunning and peaceful location at the western end of the Sierra Morena, the longest of Spain’s mountain ranges.


After spending the afternoon walking in the Sierra, head back to your cottage where you can relax in the sunshine on the terrace or take a cooling swim in the pool.


Overnight: Molino Rio Alajar


Walk: 3-4 hrs, 11.5 km


DAY 5: The Linares Loop Walk

Enjoy a delightful walk through the pretty little village of Linares.  You will pass along the Roman cobbled tracks, come across abandoned ancient hill forts and watermills left by the Moors. You will also get a glimpse of the intriguing, abandoned hamlet of Los Madroneros. 


Once near the end of the walk you have the opportunity to turn right and head to some of the little bars and cafés for some tasty tapas and a long glass of something cool and refreshing.


Alternatively head back to Molino Rio Alajar and spend the rest of the day lounging by the pool in the sunny and idyllic surroundings of the Sierra de Aracena.


Walk: 3.5-4 hrs, 15 km


Overnight: Your own private stone cottage in beautiful surroundings at Molino Rio Alajar.


DAY 6: Onward Travel


After breakfast you will be dropped back at Aracena, from where you can take the bus back to Seville.  Then take the bus back to Seville Airport for your flight. Alternatively, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement.

Accommodation

Your 5 night, 6 day self-guided walking trip includes 2 nights in a stylish 3 star hotel and 3 nights at your own private cottage at Molino Rio Alajar. Accommodations have been specifically chosen for their comfort and also for their great locations with fabulous views and surroundings.


The cottages at Molino Rio Alajar also have access to a swimming pool on site as well as open-air chess, artificial grass tennis court, table tennis and boules. Bike hire is also available locally.


It is possible to add extra nights in Seville or at Molino Rio Alajar; please contact us for arrangements.


Please note that our standard cottages on this tour have double beds. If you wish to have twin beds, then a supplement is payable; please check with us at the time of booking. 


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo walkers are also welcome for an additional charge.


Meals

5 Breakfasts are included. In Seville you can dine at one of the many restaurants and at Molino Rio Alajar you can arrange to have your own fridge stocked (please let us know in advance; this is at an additional pre-paid cost) so that you can prepare your own meals with the kitchen facilities in your cottage. Alternatively, Peter Jan and his team will be happy to pre-book a table for you at Restaurant Las Palomitas , a short 1.5km distance away in Alajar.

Availability

You can start this holiday on any date between 15 September and 1 June. Option & Extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process. Please note that unfortunately this tour is unavailable during Easter week (09-16 Apr) and the Fiesta May week (28 Apr - 06 May).


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable. Solo walkers are also welcome for an additional charge.


Meals

5 Breakfasts are included. In Seville you can dine at one of the many restaurants and at Molino Rio Alajar you can arrange to have your own fridge stocked (please let us know in advance; this is at an additional pre-paid cost) so that you can prepare your own meals with the kitchen facilities in your cottage. Alternatively, Peter Jan and his team will be happy to pre-book a table for you at Restaurant Las Palomitas , a short 1.5km distance away in Alajar.


Navigation, Route Notes & Maps

You will be provided with detailed route maps to help you find your way. Some paths are part way-marked. You should ideally be competent at reading a map and navigating with a compass.


Grade & Terrain

This tour is suitable for most people that are in good physical condition. The daily distances are not that far, although you should be aware that there are some uneven path routes so please take care.


However on the first two days you are free to explore the city of Seville at a leisurely pace and do as much or little walking as you like. As this is a self-guided walk you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip.


Baggage Transfers

Daily door to door baggage transfer is included in the price of your trip. We ask you to keep your baggage to a maximum of 1 bag per person (maximum weight 20kg).


Equipment

Our pre-departure information pack has detailed advice and a kit list on what to take. This includes good waterproof gear, walking shoes/boots, and lots of other useful bits and bobs.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat and sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.


Getting to and from Seville

On arrival in Seville Airport you can either take a taxi (approx. EUR15-22, dependent on time of day, and 15 mins duration) or a bus (30 mins, EUR4 each way) to the centre of the city (further information can be found on Seville Airport’s website). Following your two nights in the city, you will need to take a bus from Seville to Aracena. Buses to Aracena take approx. 1h20  and the fare is around 7 euros. You will then be picked up from the bus station at Aracena and transferred to your accommodation near Alajar which takes a further 35 minutes. At the end of the tour you will need to retrace the aforementioned steps to make your own way back to Seville Airport. Or a private transfer is available at extra cost.

Getting to and from Seville

On arrival in Seville Airport you can either take a taxi (approx. EUR21-30, dependent on time of day, and 15 mins duration) or a bus (30 mins, EUR4 each way) to the centre of the city (further information can be found on Seville Airport’s website).


Following your two nights in the city, you will need to take a bus from Seville to Aracena. Buses to Aracena take approx. 1h20  and the fare is around 7 euros. You will then be picked up from the bus station at Aracena and transferred to your accommodation near Alajar which takes a further approx. 35 minutes.


At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to Aracena, and will from there need to retrace the aforementioned steps to make your own way back to Seville and then on to the Airport. Or a private transfer is available at extra cost.

Included

  • Accommodation for 5 nights
  • 5 breakfasts (breakfast provisions will be placed in your self-catering cottage whilst staying at Molino Rio Alajar)
  • Return transfers from Aracena to Molino Rio Alajar
  • Detailed route descriptions and pre departure information pack
  • Maps of the walks
  • 24-hour assistance by phone

Excluded

  • Flights and transfers to first / from last accommodation
  • Return bus transfers from Seville to Aracena
  • Travel insurance Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable
  • Airport transfers
  • Additional nights during the walk

We are often asked the following questions and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is popular for those wishing to escape to the winter sun, between September and June. You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

This tour is graded easy to moderate and is suitable for most people that are in good physical condition. The daily distances are not that far, although you should be aware that there are some uneven path routes so please take care. However on the first two days you are free to explore the city of Seville at a leisurely pace and do as much or little walking as you like. As this is a self-guided walk you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred from your accommodation as per your itinerary and moved onto your next overnight accommodation. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

What personal equipment do I need?You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, light clothing and layers, and hats etc during the hotter months. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

When is the best time of year?

The best months for walking are April through to the beginning of June and late September, October & November. During the cooler winter months, the colours in southern Spain are stunning, with golden hues in the landscape, and this is also when the harvest is plentiful; particularly for nuts and mushrooms.  Spring brings with it the refreshing scent of new green growth and meadows full of flowers.The summer months can be very hot, which is why this tour is unavailable from mid-June to mid-September.

What happens if I can’t walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

Your trip begins in the Spanish capital of Andalusia. There are regular International flights to Seville with various carriers including British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet. Buses depart regularly from the airport to Plaza de Armas (30 mins, EUR4).

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4.0

Fab city/ countryside combo.

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    Comments about macs adventure Seville & The Sierra de Aracena:

    This trip ticked the boxes for us: city break/ county walks/some warm sunshine before winter sets in. This combination worked well for us as we only had a week. We flew to and from Malaga so took the train to Seville- a really easy and pleasant experience (took around 2 and a half hours). Seville was lovely, busy and touristy. The hotel there was fine- in a good location for walking to all the sites. The best bit for us was Alacar. Sooooooo relaxing. The accommodation/setting/hospitality was really special. The walks were pretty and well marked and not too strenuous given the hot sun. We walked for around 4- 5 hours each day that was enough on a wee break. 5 stars for the country side part and 3 for city.

     
    4.0

    A lovely, interesting area

    By Phil

    from New Zealand

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    • interesting countryside, off the beaten track

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    • Poor Accommodations

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    Comments about macs adventure Seville & The Sierra de Aracena:

    Excellent trip in an interesting 'off the beaten track' region. We had an issue with having to share cottages which had been described as 'your own private cottage'. Macs responded immediately and graciously to our complaint, and desrve credit for that.

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    5.0

    Do this trip!

    By Julie

    from Los Angeles

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    • Great accommodations once you get to Aracena.
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      Comments about macs adventure Seville & The Sierra de Aracena:

      This trip is fantastic. My husband and I were looking for something over the Christmas holiday and this was just perfect. Seville was a little crowded for our taste. Neighboring Triana might be a better place to stay rather than on the very busy but well located plaza Macs currently has booked.
      However this is all small potatos because the real story is Alajar. The small town you stay outside of when you check into your own personal stone cottage at Molino Rio Alajar. Peter Jan and his wife Monica are so lovely and welcoming. They have built such a special little compound. They treat you like family. You'll never want to leave.

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      5.0

      The perfect couples holiday

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        Comments about macs adventure Seville & The Sierra de Aracena:

        A fantastic city/idyllic country holiday to celebrate my husband's birthday. Nicola at Macs adventure could not have been more helpful in the preparations, ensuring we had a full fridge when we arrived in Molino Rio Alajar, that Monica our host knew it was my husbands birthday and recommended an extraordinary restaurant in a nearby village and that we were kept informed every step of the booking process and every detail for our travels between Seville and Aracena were carefully planned. Aracena is like a jewel in the Andalucian landscape. A real hidden gem. We had such fabulous adventures (both in the City and) in the National Park with a different dog to accompany us on each of our walks (it helps to love dogs) Both accommodations are fantastic: Romantic Seville hotel and rustic peace haven in Molino Rio Alajar. I cannot recommend this company and holiday highly enough.

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