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Treasures of Aracena

The Aracena Sierra's chestnut woods
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • single-centre, self-guided walking holiday
  • leisurely walking amid picturesque, timeless scenery
  • authentic villages rich in architectural treasures
  • private visit to ham-curing secadero
  • guided introductory walk with local expert
  • excellent regional gastronomy

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, authentic villages whose inhabitants live in harmony with the land and, as you walk along inviting paths through gentle cork oak and chestnut clad hills, you get a glimpse of Spanish rural life – men leading donkeys laden with vegetables and shiny chestnuts, and farmers tending the black-footed, free-range pigs which feast at leisure on acorns and provide the region’s prized air-cured ham.

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.
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The rolling hills of Aracena lend themselves to leisurely discovery on foot and, to introduce you to this captivating area, we include a guided walk with a knowledgeable local expert who will bring the region to life, before you strike off on your own, using our detailed notes. We offer a wide range of walks, some from the doorstep and others from nearby villages which make use of your hire car.

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