Spain : Andalucia

Walking in Sierra de Aracena

Trip code: W07SR 5 (5 reviews)

Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1
Leisurely

15.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
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SUMMARY

  • Unique landscape of lush green rolling hills with groves of cork, oak and chestnut
  • Varied walking passing through whitewashed villages
  • Follow centuries old donkey trails from one whitewashed village to the next
  • Protected National Park providing a haven for wildlife, especially birds and wild flowers and including trees which can be hundreds of years old
  • Area known for its rich gastronomy including the best pata negra ham of Spain

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 5 evening meals
  • Headwater navigation app
  • Luggage transfers between hotels

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Andalucia is well known among visitors enjoying its coastal resorts and mountains of the high Sierra Nevada, but in the far west lies the hidden gem of the Sierra de Aracena. This is 'green' Andalucia where villages are immaculately neat, white and adorned with azulejos; those beautiful blue and white tiles which Andalucia has long been producing. The proximity to Portugal caused centuries of battle over ownership leaving hills dotted with castles, streets ornately cobbled, churches painted and a blending of cultures, but Spain it remains.

Walking here is an easy and varied delight as you pass from one village to the next. The hills are lush and green with groves of cork, oak and chestnut. 'Dehesa' is the farming method; oak gives acorns, pigs love acorns, truffles thrive and so on. The land is beautifully maintained as are the trees which can be hundreds of years old. In Spring wildflowers are in abundance with orchids and peonies growing by the wayside as bright sunlight filters through the trees creating patterns on the lush new grass. Autumn brings on those rich golds and reds as the chestnuts mature, leaves turn and mushrooms poke through the warm soil. Above all, Andalucia is eternally blessed with water as it trickles along streams, springs from courtyard fountains and forms lakes in underground caves. With gastronomy high on the region's menu, Sierra de Aracena makes the perfect place to walk, eat and be merry!

Most days you follow our specially designed route using the many ancient paths linking villages in days gone by. Some are part-cobbled and worn smooth from centuries of use. Others are sandy forest trails wandering through neat, ancient groves of chestnut and oak. We made sure to keep road walking to a minimum to allow you to bathe and recharge in nature. Each day is gloriously shaded; that dappled shade which plays with sunlight but protects from intense sun. Through the trees, glimpses of white villages and castles delight and surprise.

You will stay in an interesting variety of Andalucian accommodation comprising a restored townhouse with roof garden, a secluded rural retreat with all year round natural swimming pool and a delightful apartment set around a lush courtyard.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrival in Aracena

Arrive in Aracena and at your first hotel. If time allows, climb up to the castle for your first glimpse of the surrounding Sierra or visit Las Gruta Maravillas renowned through all of Spain.

You stay at Essentia.

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Hotel Essentia en Aracena, Aracena

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Hotel Essentia en Aracena is centrally located in Aracena, with views of the Castle ruins and the lovely Igleisa Prioral that sit on the hill overlooking the town and it's pretty cobbled streets. The air-conditioned rooms are stylish, modern and well equipped. There is much room to relax or you may want to go for a swim in the outdoor pool.

Day 2: Aracena - Fuenteheridos (14km/8.7mi)

Wander over gentle flower covered hills, passing through forests of oak, cork and chestnut with an olive grove here and there. This is the furthest south that chestnuts can grow in the Northern Hemisphere and it's unusual to see such ancient trees cultivated and protected. You will see happy, slate grey pigs foraging amongst oak trees nourishing their bodies.... ready for the most prized 'jamon' in Spain. Los Marines falls at just about the right time for lunch before walking on to Fuenteheridos.

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You stay at Casa Tinoco.

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Casa Tinoco , Fuenteheridos

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Casa Tinoco, is located next to the church and is a Casa Rural, which in Spanish means a country house. The rooms are typically furnished in a traditional style. The small and quaint village of Fuenteheridos, in the heart of the Sierra de Aracena, has a local history about the legend of the much sought after 'Tinoco Treasure' that is hidden somewhere in Casa Tinoco.

Day 3: Fuenteheridos - Galaroza (12km/7.5mi)

With more undulations the first part of this walk offers interesting terrain and so many wildflowers (for Spring walkers). A stop at the quaint little village of Castano del Robledo, is ideal for mid walk refreshments. The second part follows a tranquil river through shady woods emerging close to Galaroza itself.

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You stay at Doce Canos.

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Doce Canos, Galroza

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Aparthotel Doce Canos was built using only natural materials and is situated within the Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche Natural Park, overlooking forested hills and orchards. The rooms here are very traditional with unique features and all fully furnished with views of the area.

Day 4: Galaroza - Almonaster (14km/8.7mi)

A slightly longer and more difficult day lies ahead only because of a steep climb and descent out of Canaleja on a part cobbled old way. The reward, however, is that wonderful views and gorgeous forests make up the trail and end at the exceptionally pretty town of Almonaster la Real.

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You stay at Apartamento Rural Las Palmeras.

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Apartamento Rural Las Palmeras , Almonaster

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Located in the Huelva town of Almonaster la Real, Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Nature Reserve, the Apartamento Rural Las Palmeras is a typical Andalusian whitewashed house, surrounded by vegetation. The air conditioned apartments have a traditional style with tiled floors and rustic decor, some offering views of the town's mosque.

Day 5: Almonaster to Santa Ana la Real (13km/8.1mi)

It is no hardship to retrace one's steps this morning as the route seems ever more delightful in the freshness of a new day. It's a day of views as the route traverses the highest point in Sierra de Aracena and the scenery continues for the rest of the day.

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You stay at Complejo Los Veneros.

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Complejo Los Veneros, Huelva

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Complejo Los Veneros is located on a hill in the Sierra de Aracena Nature Reserve and has a feel of a Venezuelan ranch. Surrounded by lush green forest, the rooms are colourful and modern. The property offers comfort with charming areas you can relax in, or take a dip in the inviting outdoor pool after your walk.

Day 6: Circular walk from La Posada to Cortegana (12km/7.5mi)

Today you have the chance to follow into the footsteps of the Romans following an ancient road starting from Hotel la Posada de Cortegana and climbing all the way up to the castle to take in the spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. On the way back you will follow the river dotted with old ruins of watermills. From La Posada it is then a 2km hike to Finca bravo, which is where you will be staying for the night.

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You stay at Finca Bravo Apartments.

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Finca Bravo, Cortegana

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Finca Bravo is a farmhouse-style Rural Retreat on a 6 hectare plot with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. The evergreen trees of cork and holm oak provide year-round refuge to wildlife, especially birds which the area is particularly known for. The ecological apartments offer stylish and modern accommodation complete with large private terraces and a natural pool (open all year round).

Day 7: El Repilado and the Barranco Caliente (11km/6.8mi)

Enjoy a rest day, taking in the beautiful surroundings of your casa rural, with the option to visit a local farm where they rear the Pata Negra pigs for the special ham, or take one more walk, following the circular route starting from El Repilado. On this trail you will admire the typical landscape of the Sierra, passing through the sleepy villages of Los Romeros and La Canaleja.

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You stay at Finca Bravo.

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Finca Bravo, Cortegana

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Finca Bravo is a farmhouse-style Rural Retreat on a 6 hectare plot with panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. The evergreen trees of cork and holm oak provide year-round refuge to wildlife, especially birds which the area is particularly known for. The ecological apartments offer stylish and modern accommodation complete with large private terraces and a natural pool (open all year round).

Day 8: Depart Cortegana

After breakfast, depart Aracena

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OPTIONAL UPGRADES
  • Flights from London Gatwick to Seville with EasyJet
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Extra legroom seats available
TRAVEL DETAILS

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights
Out: EasyJet London Gatwick to Seville, then transfer from Seville Airport to Aracena Hotel, 90 minutes, please call for prices. Return: Transfer Aracena Hotel to Seville Airport, 90 minutes, please call for prices, then EasyJet Seville to London Gatwick

Extra legroom seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Standard transfers
Transfers are at an extra cost on this holiday please call for prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am tomorrow) or email sales@headwater.com

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.

REVIEWS

Communication was excellent throughout our booking. Knew exactly what we should expect from the holiday. Local agent was really good and their selection of accommodation good.



Wendy Bond, 6 Jun 2024

 

Excellent holiday, weather a bit cool but good for walking,

Lovely food, decided to learn a little Spanish for future visits!

Gillian Choyce, 12 May 2024

 

I had a good holiday with Headwater, everything was well organised and the local agent, Patricia, was very helpful when changes to restaurants were required.

I had no issues with the travel or accommodations.

I would have no hesitation recommending Headwater holidays to family and friends.

Walter Mcallister, 21 Sep 2023

 

Headwater went out of their way to expedite the trip and resolve the few problems that arose. The seif-guiding aspect worked well.

Ian Andrew Young, 3 Sep 2023

 

Beautiful walking in forested hills, mostly easy, but with a few stiff climbs. Good boots needed, and walking poles helpful

Mr Evans, 3 May 2023

 


Self-guided walking

7 nights,
hotel-to-hotel

Level: 1
Leisurely

15.0Kg CO2e

Headwater
Navigation App

7 nights from £1039

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