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Walking Holiday in the Natural Park Sierra de Aracena

Walking Holiday
in the Sierra de Aracena Natural Park

We invite you to a pre-planned walking week centred around three different accommodation points. Firstly at Molino Rio Alajar just outside the beautiful village of Alajar, then on to Valle de Arroyo a charming Bed & Breakfast in Los Marines owned and run by Johan Berkvens and Luc Rutten and finally the Hotel Convento Aracena at Aracena.

The Sierra is a natural haven for walkers since it offers centuries old paths, trails and bridleways that criss-cross the region linking all the beautiful white walled Andalucian villages in the natural park. The area is home to some of the most attractive flora and fauna in Spain and each day provides an opportunity to see the diverse scenery and vegetation on display.

The package on offer comprises three nights in El Buho at Molino Rio Alajar, two nights at Valle del Arroyo and finally two nights at Hotel Convento Aracena.. It is available from September 15th until May 31st. You are free to vary the sequence of places you want to stay in if you wish. Please indicate at the time of booking.

The price, based on two people sharing, is 410.50 euros p.p which includes accommodation, breakfast, detailed walking maps and luggage transport from each venue. If you elect to come by bus from Seville we will collect you from the Alajar bus stop and for your return to Sevilla you need a 5 minutes walk to reach the bus station.

The walking week

DAY 1

Arrival at Molino Rio Alajar.

Here you will have a chance to orientate yourself and settle into your cottage. If you wish we can stock your fridge, so you can prepare your own dinner for an extra cost of 30 euros. Alternatively we also can pre-book a table in Restaurant Las Palomitas in Alajar which is only 1.5 km walking distance away. We can also cook a three course dinner for you that you can eat in your cottage 27,50 euro pp.

DAY 2

The Gorge Walk – 13 km.

This fabulous walk (our favourite) takes in an extraordinary range of scenery within a relatively short walk capturing all the beauty of the Sierra; cork oak forests, olive and chestnut trees, a ravine, meadows with the famous indigenous black pigs, past farms with cows and maybe bulls and goats. Finally you follow a meandering river back to your cottage. In the course of the walk you will have the chance to see as many as 100 different species of birds.

DAY 3

The Linares walk – 13 km.

This circular walk passes the deserted and largely abandoned hamlet of Los Madroneros now popular with cats. You walk to the picturesque white washed village of Linares de la Sierra with its stone mosaic doorsteps and winding streets.

Here you can have lunch at Los Arrieros (closed on Mondays) arguably the best restaurant in the Sierra de Aracena or alternatively have tapas at one of the three bars around the Plaza de los Toros. Your return route home is via the village of Alajar.

DAY 4

Walk to Los Marines – 13 km.

After your breakfast it’s time to move to your next two nights accommodation in Los Marines. Since we will be taking your luggage to Valle de Arroyo you have the chance to walk all the way there.

This walk passes the locally dubbed hippy village of El Calabacinos, beautifully situated on the hillside just above Alajar providing spectacular views to the south. This village has been populated since the 60s by those seeking an alternative, simpler lifestyle and they have chosen their spot well. A bit higher up on your route you can visit the Chapel of La Pena de Arias Montano. Again here you will have the chance of beautiful views into the far distance.

The walk continues through chestnut trees, which attract many visitors in the autumn when they drop their nuts. This is also a favourite time for mushroom hunting.

Continue on through the attractive village of Fuenteheridos famous for its fountain with twelve jets It also has a good selection of bars and restaurants. Your next stop is Valle de Arroyo in Los Marines where you will be welcomed by your new hosts Johan and Luc.

In the evening you have the choice of either dining with your hosts (3 course dinner at 27.50 euros per head) or eating at a local restaurant.

DAY 5

Sendero Dos Pueblos – 16 km.

After breakfast you can start the Two Village walk, named after the two villages you will be visiting; Los Marines and Cortelazor la Real. Valle de Arroyo is situated on the border of these two villages.

You start your walk by heading towards Cortelazor la Real. The first part of your walk is along walled tracks where you pass a variety of vegetable gardens and cattle.

After an attractive climb you reach a hillcrest providing great views over the Sierra. Continue on through eucalyptus forests to arrive in Cortelazor la Real, where you can stop for tapas.

After lunch continue your walk to Los Marines and after a climb you will be rewarded again by nice views. From Los Marines you walk on home where a treat will be awaiting for you.

DAY 6

Sendero de Aracena (10 km).

A classic route through beautiful countryside linking the regioanal capital of Aracena with the pretty village of Los Marines.

It is all easy strolling through chestnut groves,farms and small holdings on well made tracks and trails.

On your arrival at Aracena you pass the main square before arriving at the Hotel-Convento of Aracena a beautiful restored convent transformed into a 4 star hotel. Your luggage will be awaiting you there.

This day you also have time to visit the famous Caves of Wonders and climb the hill to arrive at the castle of the Templars.

For your evening meal you can either eat at the hotel restaurant or venture into town to choose from the variety of places available.

DAY 7

Sendero de Corteconcepcion. A circular walk (11 km).
This walk combines many of the regions virtues without excessive extertion.

The trail winds through a bucolic landscape, beautiful at any time of the year but stunning in spring with its sparkling wild flowers.

Upon your arrival in Corteconcepcion you have the possibility to visit one of the best ham producers of the area of the family Eiriz. Here you can take part in a guided tour (english spoken). Your return to Aracena starts with a stiff climb and is quite different in nature. The climb is followed by a stroll through cattle country on a broad dirt track that runs along the high ground giving good views, before running down to Aracena.

DAY 8

If you travelled by bus originally you have to walk 5 minutes to catch the Seville bus at Aracenas bus station.

Extras at Molino Río Alájar

We can offer you a professional English speaking bird-watching guide Peter Warden who has a great deal of local experience in the Sierra. The cost is 100 euros for the day with transport included. Pre-book please.

Extras at B&B Valle del Arroyo

A three course culinary dinner is available at 27.50 per head for each of your nights stay at Valle del Arroyo.

If you would like lunch then please pre book a day in advance. Also if you require a picnic lunch for your walk please let us know the day before.

Some practical information

Bus Times
Sevilla (Plaza de Armas) to Alájar.
Everyday 09:20 y a las 16:00 (2 hours time approximately).
Aracena- Sevilla.
Daily: 07.45 17.15 1,5 hours time approximately.
Taxi. Sevilla-Alájar-Aracena / Sevilla. 130 euros.