Aracena Hills walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain
Description of Aracena Hills walking holiday in Andalucia, Spain
Sierra de Aracena - whitewashed villages - ancient pathways - olive groves - river valleys - chestnut and cork oak forests - self-guided walks - welcome meeting - friendly hosts - delicious food - local produce - small characterful inns.
Walk a route exclusive to us, through a little-known corner of Andalucía, following quiet paths from village to village through forests and hills. Enjoy well-paced days, with maps and walking notes provided, and relax as your bags are delivered ahead for you each day. Stay in comfortable village inns and hotels with tasty fresh food and a warm Andalucían welcome.
|Day 1:||Arrive in Seville and transfer by road to the hills of the Sierra de Aracena. On arrival meet your hosts, who give you an introduction to the region and a special tasting of local cheeses, and talk you through the walks over a glass of sherry or wine.|
|Day 2:||Walk a circular route today to get your first look at the area. The path takes you through evergreen oak and chestnut forests and along a pretty river valley to a hillside village, home to Andalucía's finest ham producers. Walk 14.5km, 4hrs, up 250m, down 250m|
|Day 3:||Walk over the high sierra. Leaving your bags to catch their taxi, set off walking up into the high sierra and your next inn. The views over the natural park are enough to detain you en route. On arrival at your hotel you will find your bags waiting for you. Walk 11km, 4hrs, up 300m, down 320m.|
|Day 4:||Today's highly varied walking takes you up and down one valley before following a path through woodland and by the river to your third inn, set in an old water mill. Stop for a picnic en route and then enjoy a special tasting menu at a local restaurant this evening. Walk 15km, 5hrs, up 550m, down 500m.|
|Day 5:||Walk perhaps the prettiest route of the week, taking you through whitewashed villages with cobbled streets, through chestnut forests and over the ridge to the south side of the sierra. A delicious dinner is included tonight, prepared using local ingredients. Walk 19km, 5hrs, up 480m, down 480m|
|Day 6:||A circular walk from the hotel takes you along quiet ancient paths to a sleepy village with the most renowned restaurant of the region. Enjoy a memorable tasting menu and perhaps take a relaxing dip in the hammam spa. Walk 11km, 4hrs, up 400m, down 400m|
|Day 7:||Complete your circuit of the Sierra. Walk through your last villages to return to Aracena and meet your transfer to Seville at a time to suit you. There's time to relax en route or in the morning, linger in Aracena or kick back and celebrate in the Andalucían capital as you reach the end of your hike. Walk 10km, 4hrs, up 400m, down 450m.|
|Day 8:||Make your way to the airport today at a time to fit your flight home. Alternatively you could extend your stay in Seville, head to the beach or explore more of Andalucía, or the rest of Spain, with us.|
PlanetA genuinely untouched corner of Andalucia, an area so little known that you see a way of life long forgotten elsewhere. Total peace and quiet in rural villages.
The route is exclusive to us. Our guides meet you, drive you to the hills and run through your holiday with you. They are there to support you in case of need at any time during your stay. You will learn about the area, the people and the environment with your guides. The walking trails which you will follow help to protect the traditional dehesa landscape, characterised by cork and holm oaks scattered across meadows grazed by free-range Ibérico pigs.
PeopleYou get to see and interact with the local community as you are staying in the smallest of villages, which see few visitors, local or from overseas. All hotels and restaurants are locally owned, so your holiday makes a direct difference to all of our partners.
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