Andalucia is well known among visitors enjoying its coastal resorts and mountains of the high Sierra Nevada, but in the far west lies the almost unheard of 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. There is minimal road walking and only one end of day short transfer to accommodation. 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, Casas Rurales and a delightful apartment set around a lush courtyard.
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.
Hotel Galleria Essentia
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.
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.
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.
Apartamento Rural Las Palmeras
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. A 10-minute transfer takes you to your accommodation.
Complejo Los Veneros
Today could be a semi rest day or you have the option of two add-on routes if you wish to walk further. It's another pretty, undulating walk leading to the stunningly located village of Alajar nestling beneath a vast outcrop of rock. A climb to the top of this (1 hour) La Pena de Arias Montana is well worthwhile followed by the walk on to your delightful Casa Rural.
Finca la Fronda
Today your circular route will be completed by walking onwards to Aracena. The route continues to be attractive, but drier now with olive groves replacing the lush chestnuts. Linares en route entices a linger in one of the village bars…. or restaurants if it’s lunch you’re seeking. Onwards from Linares a steady climb returns you to the familiarity of Aracena.
Los Cincos Balcones
After breakfast, depart Aracena
During your holiday you stay at the following hotels. If you'd like to extend your time at any of these or, if you'd like to enhance your stay with an upgraded room, just let us know at the time of booking.
NEARBY: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.
NEARBY: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.
NEARBY: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.
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NEARBY: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.
NEARBY: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.
Find out more on the hotel website.
Situated in the middle of Spain's stunning Sierra de Aracena, Finca La Fronda is a hidden paradise for Nature Lovers. Hugged by cork and chestnut trees in the heart of Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park, to the north-east of the province of Huelva, Finca la Fronda boasts views that stretch to distant points of the compass. The village of Alajar and the beautiful Peña de Arias Montano are situated in the valley just below, providing the pool area with magnificent views.
NEARBY:Located in a privileged area of Aracena, a few meters from the Hermitage of Santa Lucia and the center of the town, the Rural House Cinco Balcones offers its visitors a pleasant and comfortable stay, typically Spanish common areas provide comfort after a long days walk. The bedrooms are fully equipped and tastefully decorated.
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This 7 night self-guided walking holiday includes:
Hotel-to-hotel accommodation in a mix of , , and hotels
All breakfasts and 5 evening meals
Management by your local Headwater-appointed agent
Route directions and maps
Luggage transfers between hotels
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Self-guided walking Managed locally by Headwater appointed agent.
All breakfasts and 5 evening meals
This holiday does not include any flights or rail.
For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the appropriate 'Check availability' button above to complete our holiday enquiry form, we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you.
To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or click on the 'Check availability' links above to complete our holiday enquiry form.