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Gourmet Walking week in the Sierra de Huelva

Gourmet Walking week in the Sierra de Huelva

Here at Molino Rio Alajar we invite you to join us on a pre-planned week (8 nights/7 days) that delivers the best the Sierra has to offer: walks through some of the most beautiful scenery in Spain, sampling some of the best local food and restaurants while having the chance to make some of the local delicacies yourself taught by local experts. We have carefully prepared an itinerary each day that takes into account some of our personal favourite walking and eating experiences gained from the last 20 years living in the area.

Also, if you wish and prefer to stay relaxed in your rural house, you have the possibility of being delivered homemade meals with menus based on local products, in your accommodation.

The week is planned to start on a Saturday and you are free to join it at any point but the sequence of events is fixed across the week so you join the programme on the day of your choosing . Please let us know at the time of booking your chosen starting point. The programme is available from September 15th until 1st of June. The price for the week of accommodation with breakfast included and welcome dinner for 2 people is € 525 VAT included per person. For a week with 1/2 board (lunches), the cost to be added would be € 216 / pers VAT included and € 160 / pers VAT included to carry out all the activities proposed in the detail of our week.

THE WEEK

DAY 1 – Saturday

We will start our week of hiking with a circular route of 13 kms from the door of your house. This trail, we “call it the Route of the Mills”. It will take you along a path along a ravine and stream with glorious views and changing vegetation.

If you wish, we prepare a picnic based on regional and seasonal products that you can carry in your backpack and enjoy on your way enjoying incredible views of the surroundings.

In the evening, we invite you to enjoy a welcome dinner prepared by Monica and served in your rural house (30€/pers)

DAY 2 – Sunday

From the selection of detailed walking maps and directions provided on your arrival you can choose a circular walk from your cottage door. During the mushroom season you can pick your own mushrooms with an expert guides in mycology. Lunch on this day is in a restaurant located in the Plaza de Alájar approximately 1.5 kms from your home. There you can eat a 3-course mushroom-based menu or eat a la carte, depending on your preferences.

DAY 3 – Monday

A circular path of 13 kilometers through ancestral lanes for cattle, crossing cork oaks and olive groves from Alájar to the picturesque town of Linares de la Sierra. Here halfway you can have lunch at one of the restaurants listed as best in the Michelin Guide; “The Muleteers Restaurant” . Luís-Mi, the chef, will prepare a tasting menu for € 50 / person.

DAY 4 – Tuesday

A circular 13 km walk starting in Aracena ,along a valley through a bucolic landscape, beautiful at any time of year but stunning in spring with its sparkling wild flowers.

Halfway you reach the village of Corteconcepcion where you can visit one of the regions top Iberican ham producers run by the Eiriz family.

You will be given a tour of the farm facility and an explanation in English of the lifestyle and cycle of the famous Iberican pig.

The tour ends in the tasting room where you will have the chance to sample the best ham on offer.

At 6:00 p.m. there is the option of an introductory course to the cutting of Iberian acorn-fed ham. Vanessa, a professional cutter, will lead the course in your rural house with prior agreement. The cost will be 150 euros for a minimum of 2 people, charged 45 euros for each additional person and includes the course and a dinner based on local Iberian products (Iberian ham and sausages). Total cost to be shared by all participants. In addition to the meal a bottle of wine is included.

DAY 5 – Wednesday

At 11.00 am you can bring a visit to a local cheese farm, which makes and distributes goats cheese all over Spain. At Monterobledo, just outside Aracena, you will be shown how they milk their goats and how to make your own goats cheese which you can take home with you. The programme will include a tasting session of different cheese and the chance to visit a small cheese museum on the farm. The tour lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes. Price 20 euro pp.

Following this you may continue to Aracena (www.aracena.es) where you will have a chance to explore this delightful town.

There will be an opportunity to visit the famous local caves of Aracena – one of the top ten tourist sites of Spain. Locally they are known as the Caves of Wonders. They are open from 15.00 to 18.00 in the afternoon. Also possible is a visit to the Aracena Ham Museum which tells the story of the regions most famous delicacy. Open from 11.00 to 13.45 and 15.30 to 18.00 and includes a tapa.

In the evening, we recommend a dinner in one of our favorite restaurant in Aracena: “Del Tinto al Odiel” where you can taste some tapas based on the Iberian, some more traditional, others more avant-garde … all of great quality! Elena, the head chef won the winning tapa of the V Ruta de la Tapa Ibérica.

DAY 6 – Thursday

Circular route to the town of Castaño del Robledo, which owes its name to the chestnut forest that grow in its surroundings. For your lunch, you have the possibility to have lunch in a small tapas bar located in “el Balcón de la Sierra”, that is, in the viewpoint of the Peña de Arias Montano, which offers spectacular views of the entire Sierra de Aracena towards the south of the province of Huelva. It is named after the famous humanist Benito Arias Montano, since this was his place of retreat after his works on the Polyglot Bible and his participation in the Council of Trent. In the evening, you will have the opportunity to dine in the Plaza de Alajár or choose the option of having a dinner prepared and delivered to you based on local and seasonal products, in your rural house.

DAY 7 – Friday

Today you undertake one of our favourite walks – The Gorge Walk. – 13 km from the door of your cottage. The walk takes in an extraordinary range of scenery within a relatively short distance, capturing all the beauty of the Sierra. Cork oak forests, ravine, meadows and meandering river.

At 21.00 at the restaurant El Padrino in Alajar we have organised a wine-tasting session in the restaurant’s ancient wine cellar which has an interesting collection of old farm implements going back many years. After the wine-tasting and tapas you can enjoy a three-course meal in the old chapel part of the restaurant including a bottle of wine to celebrate the last night of your trip. Price 45 euro pp.

NB – While it is possible to join this programme at any time during the week the events each day remain fixed so you will experience the week in a sequence based on your day of arrival.

Prices

525 euros per person. Minimum 2 persons. All prices assume an eight night stay at the Molino in order to partake in each event. Included in the price is breakfast and 10% sales tax.

Note. We can pick you up and deliver you to Seville airport for 130 euros one way.

General information

Taxi prices: approximate (from Molino Río Alájar):

Aeropuerto de Sevilla: 145 euros
Linares de la Sierra: 25 euros
Corteconcepción: 30 euros
Castaño del Robledo: 25 euros
Aracena: 25 euros

Bus schedule

See DAMAS Bus schedules

Monday to Saturday
Seville to Alajar mon/fri day at 9.20 and 16.00 (journey time approx 2 hours)
Sat/Sun and festivals 9.30 and 16.00.Alajar to Seville daily 7.00 and 16.00.
Sunday. Aracena to Seville 11.00 and 17.15.