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Self guided walking holiday Inn to Inn Walking in the Sierra de Aracena
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Highlights

  • Follow ancient Roman tracks linking timeless villages of the Sierra de Aracena
  • An area rich in gastronomical delights including the famed jamon iberico
  • Walk past idyllic pastures filled with flowers and grazing Black Iberian Pigs
  • The undiscovered villages of Aracena, Cortelazor and Alajar
  • Overnight stays in charming fincas and posadas offering tasty local cuisine

Follow ancient mule tracks and cobbled paths through the rolling hills, woodlands, lush pastures, and orchards of the Sierra de Aracena National Park, with overnight stays in the sleepy and undiscovered whitewashed villages of Los Marines, Cortelazor and Alajar.

Your tour begins with two nights in the lovely Finca Buenvino, in its beautiful hilltop location amongst the chestnut and cork forest, offering fine regional cuisine. Walk from Aracena to the nearby village of Corteconcepcion on quiet, easy trails, and past meadows where the Black Iberian pigs graze. Continue to the village of Fuenteheridos with its lively tapas bars lining the square, and then on to the sleepy village of Cortelazor for two nights, where time truly seems to stand still.

Your final stopover is one of the prettiest villages in the sierra, Alajar, with its 16th century church and small paseo (square). Enjoy a walk to Linares de Sierra, with its Michelin rated restaurant, and explore the nearby village of Almonaster la Real with its magnificent 10th century hilltop mosque.

Day 1: Arrive Los Marines

Fly into Seville Airport, which is easily reached from destinations across UK and Europe, and make your way by bus to Aracena (1h 20m, 3 times a day). From there an included transfer takes you to the lovely Finca Buenvino in Los Marines (10min).


Depending on your arrival time it is possible to arrange a cooking class at the finca, introducing you to some of the fantastic dishes this area is so well known for including Iberian pork and sirloin with aracena cheese.


Dinner & Overnight: Los Marines


Day 2: Transfer to Aracena, Loop walk to Corteconcepcion

A short transfer is included to Aracena this morning (10min) where you may like to visit the Grutas de las Maravillas with its wonderful stalactites and underground lakes, before starting an easy walk to the nearby village of Corteconcepcion.


Leaving Aracena, follow cobbled paths and mule tracks above an idyllic valley lined with cork trees, passing by several farms to the tiny village of Corteconcepcion. Have a look at the 16th century Our Lady of Concepcion Church and a great example of traditional Spanish rural life, the plaza de toros (bullring). A fairly steep climb will bring you out of the village where you walk through farmland filled with grazing Iberian black pigs, cattle and the occasional donkey!


Arriving back in Aracena, take your time to soak up the atmosphere of this authentic little town before taking a taxi back to Finca Buenvino (payable locally, approx 10 Euros).


Walk: 9.5km, 2-3hrs, 182m ascent, 132m descent


Dinner & Overnight: Los Marines


Day 3: Walk to Cortelazor

Leave Finca Buenvino and head towards Cortelazor on paths running through quiet forests, taking your time to stop and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful wooded valleys. From the hamlet of Corterrangel cobbled trails (lined with wildflowers during the spring) will bring you to Cortelazor.


Arriving in this sleepy and little explored village gives you a taste of authentic rural life, as you perhaps enjoy some tapas at one of the quaint little bars lining the square.


Walk: 19.3km, 478m Ascent, 522m Descent, 4-5 hours.


Overnight: Cortelazor


Day 4: Loop Walk from Cortelazor

A delightful loop walk today goes high above Cortelazor for wonderful views across the whitewashed village. Cross ravines and mountain streams to arrive at Valdelarco and then Navahermosa. Continue on paths lined by orchards and olive groves in a fertile river valley to arrive back at Cortelazor.


Enjoy another night in the cosy La Flamenca Inn where the owner Lola makes you feel right at home. Dinner can be taken at one of the local restaurants serving typical regional dishes such as the mouthwatering Aracena goats cheese and desserts steeped in honey.


Walk : 16.5km, 596m ascent/descent, 4-5 hours


Overnight: Cortelazor


Day 5: Walk to Alajar

Leave Cortelazor on an ascending path which winds its way up the valley before being rewarded with the most wonderful views over the lush green countryside. Walk through farmland where farmers tend to their cattle with laden donkeys. Accompanied by only the sound of birdsong, this is a day to take your time and soak up the peaceful surroundings of truly authentic rural Spain.


Stop for lunch in the bustling little village of Fuenteheridos, home to several tapas bars, before continuing through the rolling hills and then down into Alajar.


Your base for the next three nights, this attractive whitewashed village with its small paseo and cobbled streets is steeped in tradition and has several lively restaurants serving fantastic food.

Walk: 16km, 400m ascent/456 descent,  4-5 hours


Overnight: Alajar


Day 6: Loop walk to Linares de Sierra

Today’s walk is sure to be a high point of your holiday —a delightful stroll through farmland, orchards and the forgotten little hamlet of Madroneros to Linares de Sierra.


As well as its traditional bull-ring another highlight here is the amazing Meson Arriero restaurant, where the strawberry gazpacho is sure to be one of the finest things you have ever tasted!


Head back to Alajar on shady tree-lined paths lined with citrus groves which ascend gradually before they open up for great views down to the white houses of Alajar. Descend gradually to Alajar alongside a trickling stream.


You may like to take part in a cheese-tasting this afternoon where you can sample some of the regions different tasty artisanal cheeses!


Walk: 11km, 324m ascent/descent, 2-3 hours.


Overnight: Alajar


Day 7: Transfer to Almonaster la Real, Loop Walk to Cerro san Cristobal

The gorgeous village of Almonaster la Real with its magnificent hilltop mosque dating from the 10th century is a must-see in any tour of the Sierra de Aracena. Today’s walk takes you on a circuit high above the village for wonderful views right across the sierra and beyond.


Return to the posada in Alajar for your final night, where your hosts Lucy and Angel will entertain you with a special tasting sampling some of the finest olive oils in Spain.


Walk: 11km, 407m Ascent/411m Descent, 3-4 Hours


Overnight: Alajar


Day 8: Onward Travel

An early bus will take you from Alajar back to Seville, arriving in plenty of time to have a full day’s sightseeing. Alternatively let us know if you would prefer a more leisurely start to the day and we can arrange a private taxi transfer for an additional cost.


We also highly recommend adding on 1 or 2 extra nights in Seville, which is a beautiful city to explore further with its amazing gothic cathedral and the Alcázar palace.

Accommodation

7 nights accommodation is included in your trip. 2 nights are in a large countryside finca, and the other 5 nights are split between a traditional rural inn and a lovely posada hotel.


The accommodation we normally use is detailed below. We may sometimes have to use alternative hotels subject to availability but if this is the case we will always let you know when confirming your booking.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers although there is a supplement applicable. Single rooms are also available and  a single room supplement is payable.


Meals

7 breakfasts and 2 dinners (days 1-2) are included. Lunches and evening meals on the other days are not included. You can pick up lunch in the villages you pass by or stop along the trail for a picnic. There are also a small selection of restaurants in both Cortelazor and Alajar offering fantastic regional cuisine. Your route notes have details for each day.



 

 

 




Finca Buenvino - Los Marines

Finca Buenvino is one of those places where you instantly feel at home! Run by the lovely Chesterton family who have lived there for the past 35 years it is set amongst 40 hectares of forest with their own Iberian pigs, sheep and chickens as well as a lovely saltwater infinity pool in which to relax.


 

 

 


 

 

 




La Flamenca Inn - Cortelazor

An exceptionally comfortable rural house, the La Flamenca Inn is in a large building typical of regional architecture and decorated with cast iron bathtubs, mosaic floors and stained glass windows. A unique place where you will be sure of a warm welcome from the owner Lola.


 

 

 


 

 

 




Posada San Marcos - Alajar

Lucy and Angel offer you the warmest of welcomes to their beautiful posada hotel in the centre of Alajar, the Posada San Marcos. Priding themselves on their completely sustainable hotel, Lucy and Angel are a fountain of local knowledge and provide a personal service to every guest who stays with them. Enjoy a swim in their pool after a day’s walking or sit on the terrace with a coffee or glass of sherry looking out onto their beautiful gardens.


 

 

 

Availability

You can start this tour on any day of the week between January and June, and then again between September and December. We do not offer it in July and August as it is simply too hot for enjoyable walking then.


Please note that this tour is only available for departures from October 2018.


Time of Year

The climate in this part of the world makes for perfect walking conditions most of the year round. Winters are very mild although you may experience slightly more rainfall during this time. Springtime is beautiful with a profusion of wild flowers on display.


It starts to heat up in June and by July it is too hot for walking. However, when autumn arrives it is once again perfect conditions with the chestnut trees and orchards filling the countryside with beautiful orange and red colours. This is also when the acorns start to fall, which is what the famous Iberian Black Pigs graze on.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers although there is a supplement applicable. Single rooms are also available and  a single room supplement is payable.


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!



Navigation, Route Notes & Maps


The routes on this trip are generally way-marked but can be unclear at times so you will need to follow the route notes and maps provided. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone’s GPS so using this combined with the provided route notes and maps means you should have no problems finding your way.



Baggage Transfer

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


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.


Accommodation Location

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in your itinerary. Occasionally, because of limited availability, there is the option to be accommodated at an alternative location. In the unlikely event that we have to accommodate you elsewhere we will advise you of this before confirming your booking.


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, 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 Los Marines

By Air: Seville is the easiest airport to fly into, which is easily accessed by flights from across the UK and Europe. Airlines flying from the UK include the low cost carriers such as Easyjet and Ryanair as well as British Airways. Coming from the US  you would fly via Europe with airlines such as Vueling, TAP, Lufthansa and Iberia Airlines.


On arriving in Seville, take a bus to Aracena (1h 15m) from where an included transfer will collect you and bring you to Finca Buenvino in Los Marines (10min).


Private Transfers: If you prefer we can arrange a private transfer to pick you up in Seville and take you all the way to Los Marines for an additional cost. 


Getting from Alajar:

By Air: There is a very early morning bus from Alajar back to Seville, which takes approx 2h15 and gets you into Seville for roughly 9am.


Private Transfers: If you prefer a more leisurely start to the day we can arrange a private transfer for an additional cost to take you back to Seville.

Included

  • 7 Nights in a mixture of stylish fincas, rural inns and posadas
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 2 Dinners
  • Olive Oil Tasting in Alajar
  • Baggage transfers as per itinerary
  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • 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 Aracena and from Alajar
  • Taxi from Aracena to Los Marines on Day 2 (payable locally)
  • Taxi from Almonaster la Real to Alajar on Day 7 (payable locally)
  • Lunches, dinners (other than days 1&2), snacks and drinks
  • Personal equipment

Extras

  • Additional nights before, during or after the tour
  • Single room supplement if required
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable
  • Optional cheese tasting in Alajar

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as the accommodations we use have limited rooms and therefore fill up quickly. However, we will always try our very best to accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

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! 

What equipment do I need?

Your detailed information pack will be sent to you after you book. This has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, waterproof clothes and a day pack.

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