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Self guided walking holiday Seville & Sierra de Aracena Highlights
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Highlights

  • Vibrant Seville with its bustling tapas bars and architectural classics The Alcázar and the Gothic Catedral se Sevilla
  • Walk along Roman cobbled tracks, passing abandoned watermills and ancient hill forts left by the Moors
  • Relax at the charming Molino Rio Alajar; lounging by the pool or playing outdoor chess
  • Sample the mouth-watering Iberian ham which this area is renowned for

A city break in the vibrant city of Seville combined with a few days of relaxing walking in the Sierra de Aracena. Spend two days in the exciting capital of Andalusia, exploring, shopping and sampling the delicious local cuisine. Then head into the countryside for a few days to relax and unwind in the tranquil surroundings of the Sierra de Aracena National Park, walking along ancient tracks through lush green rolling hills and staying overnight in one of the Sierra's prettiest whitewashed villages, Alajar.

Seville is a vibrant and enchanting city with fantastic architecture - one of the most impressive 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 pretty whitewashed village of Alajar in the Sierra de Aracena. Walk through its unspoilt countryside, strolling along cobbled paths and timeworn mule tracks in one of Andalucia's most scenic national parks.

Day 1: Arrive in Seville

Arrive in the Andalusian capital of Seville by one of the regular international flights with various carriers including British Airways, Ryanair and Easyjet. Buses depart regularly from the airport to Plaza de Armas in the city centre (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 magnificent Alcazar palace.


Overnight: Seville


Day 2: Free Day to Explore Seville

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


Seville is also 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: 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 the friendly owners of the Molino Rio Alajar 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 pool 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.


Dinner & Overnight: Alajar


Day 4: The Molinos Loop Walk

Today’s walk lets you enjoy some easy to moderate trail 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.


Walk: 11.5km, 3-4 hours  


Overnight: Alajar


Day 5: The Linares Loop Walk

Enjoy one of the nicest walks in the Sierra to the pretty little village of Linares.Walking along ancient 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: 15km, 3.5-4 hours


Overnight: Alajar


Day 6: Onward Travel

After breakfast you will be dropped off in Aracena, from where it is possible to take the bus back to Seville., private transfers can be arranged at a supplement.


We can also arrange additional nights in the Molino Rio Alajar or Seville if required which we highly recommend!

Accommodation

5 nights accommodation is included in your trip. 2 nights are in a stylish boutique hotel in the centre of Seville and 3 nights are in your own private self-catering stone cottage at the Molino Rio Alajar.


We can also extend your stay in either location should you have the time.


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.


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.



 

 

 



Hotel Sacristia de Santa Ana - Seville



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.


 

 

 


 

 

 



Molino Rio Alajar - Alajar



Molino Rio Alajar - 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.


 

 

 

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.


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 walking tour is graded Easy-Moderate. Walks are between 2-5 hours and there is an ascent/descent of between 130m to 500m each day. The paths can become slippy when wet but luckily this area experiences very little rain so that shouldn't happen too often!


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.


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. 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

  • 2 Nights in a boutique hotel in Seville
  • 3 Nights in a self-catering cottage at Molino Rio Alajar
  • 1 Welcome Dinner at Molino Rio Alajar
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Return transfers between Aracena and Molino Rio Alajar
  • Detailed route notes, maps and pre-departure information pack
  • GPX tracks and access to our smartphone app
  • 24/7 Emergency Telephone Support

Excluded

  • Travel insurance (required)
  • Travel to and from Aracena
  • Return bus between Seville and Aracena
  • Lunches and Dinners (apart from 1 welcome meal at Molino Rio Alajar)
  • Drinks and Snacks
  • Personal equipment

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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