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Self guided walking short break in the Sierra de Aracena
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Highlights

  • A relaxed walking short break between the sleepy villages of Sierra de Aracena
  • Sample gastronomical delights like the famed jamon iberico
  • Stay overnight in a charming posada in the traditional village of Alajar
  • The undiscovered villages of Linares de Sierra, Fuenteheridos and Cortelazor
  • Almonaster la Real, with its magnificent 10th century hilltop mosque

Enjoy a relaxed walking short break based in the traditional Andalucian village of Alajar, close to Seville. With its rolling hills, woodlands, lush pastures and orchards, the Sierra de Aracena is the perfect place to escape for a few days discovering authentic Andalucia.

Based in a delightful posada in Alajar, enjoy a selection of easy-going walks through the countryside. Visit Linares de Sierra, with its Michelin rated restaurant, explore the nearby village of Almonaster la Real and discover Cortelazor, a very sleepy little village where time truly seems to stand still.

At the end of the day return to your posada and relax in the pool and enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants lining the square of the charming whitewashed village.

Day 1: Arrive Seville Aiport. Transfer to Alajar

Fly into Seville Airport, which is easily reached from destinations across UK and Europe, from where you will be picked up and transferred to Alajar (1h 30m).


After checking in enjoy a wander round this charming whitewashed village with its small paseo and cobbled streets steeped in tradition and with several lively restaurants serving fantastic food.


Overnight: Alajar


Day 2: 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, where your hosts Lucy and Angel will be happy to entertain you with a special tasting sampling some of the finest olive oils in Spain (payable locally).


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


Overnight: Alajar


Day 3: Transfer to Cortelazor, walk to Alajar

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before being transferred to the sleepy and untouched little village of Cortelazor. Walk 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 lively little village of Fuenteheridos, home to several tapas bars, before continuing through the rolling hills and then down into Alajar.


Walk: 16.4km, 400m ascent/448m descent, 4-5 Hours


Overnight: Alajar


Day 4: Loop walk to Linares de Sierra

Today’s walk is sure to be a high point of your break —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 will 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! (payable locally)


Walk: 11km, 310m ascent/descent, 2-3 hours.


Overnight: Alajar


Day 5: Onward Travel. Transfer to Seville Airport

You will be transferred back to Seville at a time of your choice.


Accommodation

4 nights accommodation is included in your trip in a lovely traditional 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

4 breakfasts 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. Evening meals can be taken in Posada San Marcos (please pre-book with us in advance) or there are also a small selection of restaurants in Alajar offering fantastic regional cuisine. Your route notes have details for each day.



 

 

 




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 400m 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.


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, 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 Alajar

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, an included transfer will collect you and bring you to Alajar (1h 30min). You will also be transferred back to Seville at the end of your break.


Included

  • 4 Nights in a posada hotel
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 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
  • 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 Seville
  • Taxi from Almonaster la Real to Alajar on Day 2 (payable locally)
  • Lunches, dinners, 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 olive oil tasting (payable locally)

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 400m 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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