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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 Biarritz Rural, in Fuenteheridos 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 Biarritz Rural 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 492.50 euros p.p (total 985 euros) 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. Possibility of dining at the Rio Alajar Mill in your own home, three-course menu € 30 per person with bottle of wine included.

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 €30 per person.

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 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 Fuenteheridos – 10 km.
After your breakfast it’s time to move to your next two nights accommodation in Fuenteheridos. We will take your luggage to your accommodation “Biarritz Rural”.

This walk you will have the chance of beautiful views into the far distance.

The tour passes through chestnut trees, which attracts many visitors in autumn when the chestnuts fall. This is also a perfect time to pick wild mushrooms. Your route will end in the attractive town of Fuenteheridos famous for its fountain “Fuente de los Doce Caños”.

It also has a good selection of bars and restaurants.
In the evening you have the option to dine in your rural apartment or eat at a local restaurant.

DAY 5

Circular trail from Fuenteheridos – 11km

After your breakfast in one of the bars of the town, you can start with your route from the Plaza Alta of the town. You will begin to descend a large chestnut tree that will take you to an old winery of the seventeenth century today in ruins.

Then, your path will continue through the mountain between pines, cork oaks and chestnut trees in the direction of Galaroza. A little before reaching this village of carpenters, you will follow your path in the direction of Alájar, to reach another dirt road that will take you through the same place where we departed: the Plaza Alta de Fuenteheridos.

DAY 6

Sendero to Aracena -12 km

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

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 the village 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.

Some practical information

Bus Times
See DAMAS buses schedules

Sevilla (Plaza de Armas) to Alájar.
Everyday 09:20 y a las 16:00 (2 hours time approximately) and on Fridays at 19h.
Aracena- Sevilla.
Daily: 07.45 17.15 1,5 hours time approximately.

Taxi. Sevilla-Alájar-Aracena / Sevilla. 148 euros.

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 29,50 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.