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New Year in the Aracena Sierra

Aracena, southern Spain's secret sierra
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided, single-centre walking holiday
  • gentle walking through timeless hills, route notes provided
  • visit nearby villages and discover a wealth of architectural treasures
  • traditional New Year’s Eve dinner
  • hire car included

In the Aracena Sierra north-west of Seville, an inviting network of shady paths lead you from one pretty village to the next, passing through cork-oak and chestnut woods where sleek black pigs forage for acorns. The natural pace of life is languid and the siesta sacred, while the cuisine is rich and wholesome, featuring the prized local jamón and other regional produce such as wild mushrooms and chestnuts.

We grew very fond of sleepy Alájar with its narrow streets, shuttered Baroque church and, rising high above on a cliff-face, the shrine of the Peña de Arias Montana glistening whitely.
The Independent

This is certainly a corner of Spain that is worth taking your time to explore – seemingly every village hides an architectural treasure – and a New Year break here, amid such timeless landscapes, will leave you refreshed and invigorated for the year ahead. You enjoy four nights in the sleepy village of Alájar at the friendly Posada de San Marcos, a charming country hotel with just six cosy rooms, where the relaxed, low-key celebrations focus on a gastronomic meal of traditional local dishes.

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