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The Aracena Sierra

Andalucia – chestnut woods & hidden valleys
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided, single-centre walking holiday
  • stay in a charming rural hotel with an included hire car
  • excellent regional gastronomy
  • walking routes provided
  • glorious woodland and far-reaching views

Andalucia’s Aracena Sierra is a land of glorious woodland and far-reaching views, of soft, rounded hills and crystal-clear streams. Tucked away close to the Portuguese border, it is dotted with small, workaday villages whose inhabitants live in harmony with the land and, as you walk along inviting paths through mature woodland and picturesque valleys, you get a glimpse of Spanish rural life.
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
The rolling hills lend themselves to leisurely discovery on foot. Indeed, this is a region not to be rushed, as exploration of the sierra’s timeless villages reveals hidden architectural gems, from ancient mosques to Baroque churches. Staying in the delightful village of Alájar, which itself boasts a 16th-century chapel, you can make use of your hire car to walk and explore as the mood takes you, gaining an insight into this fascinating corner of Andalucia and sampling some of the many wonderful restaurants in this gastronome’s paradise.

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