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Seville & the Aracena Sierra

A taste of southern Spain
 
Explore vibrant Seville – one of Spain’s most beautiful cities – on this leisurely, self-guided break, which also features two nights in the picturesque Aracena Sierra. As well as panoramic walks, you can look forward to delicious meals of regional fare, and stays in welcoming, hand-picked hotels.
Seville & the Aracena Sierra. 4 nights
Seville & the Aracena Sierra. 4 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A city & walking break in Andalucia

Set amid the red-chalk plains of western Andalucia and bisected by the mighty Guadalquivir River, Seville is a city which encapsulates the essence of southern Spain. Not only do its many impressive buildings – the soaring minaret of the Giralda, the intricate Alcázar and the ‘Tower of Gold’ – bear witness to the region’s great Moorish past, but this beautiful city is also where you’ll find many of Spain’s great cultural traditions, from fiery flamenco to colourful ferias, and tasty tapas to masterful toreros.
After two nights in Seville, you head north into the lush green pastures and glorious woodlands of the Aracena Sierra, where crystal-clear streams cut through soft, rounded hills and sleek black pigs feast freely on grass and forage for acorns. The Sierra is well known for its Jamón Ibérico – the highly prized air-cured ham that these free-range pigs produce – but the timeless landscapes also conceal some fascinating architectural gems, from the peculiar ‘stone doormats’ of Linares de la Sierra to atmospheric ruined castles and Knights Templar churches, not forgetting, of course, your welcoming hotel, a restored 19th-century village house in sleepy Alájar.
 

2021

We are currently unable to take new bookings for this holiday, but hope to be able to do so again soon.
 
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Itinerary

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights.
  • Arrival in Seville
    Night 1: at Las Casas del Rey de Baeza (the first of two nights here).
    As your first night’s accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of exploration.
  • Explore Seville
    With our detailed route notes in hand, discover both Seville’s famous heritage sites and the many overlooked corners of the city. One of our favourite places to visit is the Moorish fortress of the Alcázar, with its impressive ceilings, courtyards and beautiful gardens (online booking essential to avoid long queues). This is closely followed by the striking Gothic cathedral – the world’s largest – known for its soaring bell tower and astonishing gold altarpiece, and by the ornate Plaza de España, whose lovely fountains and waterways are a joy to stroll around. Seville is a great city to wander through, so make sure to set aside some time simply to explore its winding, whitewashed streets and orange-tree-filled plazas, to test out the many traditional tapas bars, and perhaps even to call into an authentic tablao to catch a stirring flamenco performance.

    This is a city that likes to celebrate, and there is a good chance your stay may coincide with one of the major festivals. The most impressive parades come at Easter during Semana Santa (Holy Week), followed by the Feria de Sevilla (Seville Fair) two weeks later, when the city is alive with processions of horses and carriages, live music events, flamenco and tapas. Other festivals include Corpus Christi and the Día de San Juan, both celebrated in June and both of which draw large exuberant crowds.
    The gardens of Seville's lovely Alcázar
  • Seville to Alájar
    Today you have more time to explore Seville before catching the daily bus north to Aracena, where you are collected by taxi and transferred the short distance to the tranquil village of Alájar and La Posada de San Marcos, your base for the final two nights.
    Enjoy a further exploration of Seville before departing for Aracena
  • Choice of walks in the Aracena Sierra: 7.5km to 12km
    The gently rolling hills of the Aracena Sierra are a paradise for walkers, with no shortage of easy paths through cork-oak woodland and along inviting riverside trails, connecting some of the prettiest villages in the area. We provide route notes for three circular walks from the door, as well as a linear walk to nearby Aracena from where you take the bus back (pay locally).

    Los Madroñeros circuit: 7.5km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 260m
    A perfect introductory route for the afternoon of your arrival, this pretty walk explores the cultivated area to the south of Alájar, the banks of the River Antezuela and the previously abandoned hamlet of Los Madroñeros.

    La Peña de Arias Montano: 10km, 4hrs; longer option: 11.5km, 5hrs; ascent/descent 410m
    This second scenic walk from the Posada ascends to the cliff-top shrine of Peña de Arias Montano, which commands a grand bird’s-eye view of Alájar and the sierra beyond. There is an optional extension along an ancient muleteers' path to another higher viewpoint, offering further wonderful views.

    Linares de la Sierra circuit: 10km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 425m
    This is an easy, gentle route, passing through the almost lost hamlet of Madroñeros to reach Linares de la Sierra, the streets of which have the peculiar ‘stone doormats’ – decorative panels laid into the street at every doorway and composed of black and white pebbles. The square here, which doubles as a bull-ring, boasts a couple of original wash-troughs, plus an excellent restaurant where you can enjoy lunch before returning to your hotel via a different path.

    Alájar to Aracena: 12km, 5hrs; ascent 450m/descent 350m
    You follow the same pretty route as above to Linares de la Sierra, from where winding paths lined with drystone walls lead you on to Aracena, the area’s main town, crowned by a crumbling castle. Aracena’s key attraction, however, is the Gruta de las Maravillas – the ‘Cave of Wonders’ – named for its twelve caverns, subterranean lakes and extraordinary stalactites and stalagmites. Return to Alájar by bus or taxi (pay locally – no bus on Sundays or bank holidays).
    Los Madroñeros circuit: 7.5km
    Explore timeless countryside
    La Peña de Arias Montano: 10km
    La Peña de Arias Montano
    Linares de la Sierra circuit: 10km
    Alájar to Aracena: 12km
 

Accommodation

The two very different hotels at which you stay ensure a very varied and enjoyable break.

Occasionally, due to availability, we may offer an alternative hotel, as shown below. You will be informed of any change to the usual hotel (along with any price implication) prior to us confirming your holiday to you. Whichever hotel you stay in, we recommend an additional night in Seville for more time to discover this intriguing city.
 

Extend your stay

What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 1 dinner
    4 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • GPS navigation
  • notes for city walking tours
  • return taxi between Aracena bus station & hotel
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • If your holiday plans go awry because of Coronavirus, rest assured that we’ll do right by you. Since the start of the pandemic, our flexible booking policy and prompt issuing of refunds to customers who prefer not to defer their holiday have earned us high praise in the national press.
  • We sincerely hope that your holiday experience will be as enjoyable as it would have been before the pandemic – walking holidays are ideal in these times of social distancing, and we’re not operating holidays if the key highlights can no longer be delivered – but, naturally, there will be some changes to ensure your and other people’s safety, not least taking tests before and after your holiday for many destinations.
    Your holiday experience: what to expect >
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    Entry requirements for non-UK destinations & for re-entering the UK >
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • Yes, prior to going on holiday you will be able to download GPX tracks so that you can follow your route on your smartphone or dedicated GPS device if you wish. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you use them – our detailed, step-by-step route notes remain the principal means of guiding you from A to B – but we provide them as a secondary means of navigation for additional reassurance when walking.
  • We can book a wide range of routes from the UK with a variety of airlines (but not, currently, with Ryanair). As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe, there’s a £35 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £60 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted to book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.

    More information about the booking process >
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  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to take out our recommended travel insurance policy (if you live outside the UK you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies – including falling ill with Covid-19 while on holiday – and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.

    We'll ask you for the details of your policy (insurer, policy number and medical emergency phone number) so that we can help out if the worst happens while you are on holiday. It's up to you, though, to check that your policy covers the activities you'll be doing on holiday and that it is adequate for your own individual needs; we don't check alternative policies.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa. If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice for UK citizens can be found through the Travel Health Pro website. You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). You should also apply for a Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) if your EHIC has expired (if you have a still-valid EHIC, you can use this until it expires).
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • For information on the practicalities of travel now that the UK is no longer part of the European Union, visit www.gov.uk/visit-eu-switzerland-norway-iceland-liechtenstein.

    At Inntravel we work in close partnership with our hoteliers, taxi drivers and other local suppliers to provide our self-guided holidays directly to you. We are entirely confident that you will continue to receive the usual warm welcome from them, regardless of what is happening in the European political sphere.
  • The UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
  • You are the best judge of your child’s/children’s capabilities. We are happy to take bookings for families of older children/teenagers if they walk regularly, love the outdoors and are comfortable with the distances and ascent/descent involved. Please note that the bedrooms at most of the accommodation we use will normally only sleep a maximum of 3 people, and sometimes only 2.
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