La Sierra de Aracena Walking Holiday

Start / Finish:
Los Marines / Alájar

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January and June

83 km
8 days / 7 nights
Hotels and Country Cottages
from 744€ per person

83 km

8 days / 7 nights


Hotels and Country Cottages

from 744€ per person
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Have you ever thought about touring around a National Park and sleeping in the surrounding villages? You can do this on your hiking trail in La Sierra de Aracena.

In Santiago Ways we want to be part of this adventure and, through our experience, help you enjoy your holiday as you walk along ancient stone trails, in the middle of hills, forests and orchards, advancing towards each of the places that you will encounter during your travels: Cortelazor, Alájar, Los Marines, among others.

The hiking trail in La Sierra de Aracena, which starts in Aracena and ends in Alájar, will allow you to trek along easily walkable trails and meadows with Iberian pigs, as well as get to know the 10th-century mosque in Almonaster la Real. You will be able to go to the best bars in Fuenteheridos and delight in the silence and rest in Cortelazor.  

You can enjoy our baggage transfer service that will allow you to walk much easier while discovering the beauty of this hiking trail through the towns and villages you’ll be visiting.

Also, if you have any incidents en route, we are at your disposal 24 hours a day via an emergency telephone. With Santiago Ways, you will walk safely and comfortably.

We’re glad you’ve got this far. Now, we just need to know how you want us to help you prepare your trip. We’re waiting for you! Leave us your details and we will send you a quote tailored to your requirements.

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    Arrival in Los Marines

    Today you will arrive at Seville airport from your home city. From there, you should take a bus to Aracena, which will take you about 1 hour, where a driver will take you to Los Marines to spend your first night of this walking holiday.

    If you prefer, we can book you an additional private transfer from Seville Airport to Los Marines.

    If you arrive during the day, we suggest you try some of the traditional regional dishes such as Iberian pork or Aracena cheese. It will be the best way for you to begin your experience.

    Overnight: Los Marines


    Circular route towards Corteconcepción

    Today you will be transferred to Aracena to start your route. There, we recommend that you get to know Las Grutas de las Maravillas and the underground lakes, and then start the walk to your final destination for today: Corteconcepción. Your journey will start along stone trails and a spectacular valley, passing through some farms until you reach Corteconcepción. Once there, the visit to the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, from the 16th century, you will love the bullring.

    When you leave the village, you will find large farmlands with Iberian pigs and livestock which are typical in this area of Andalusia. When you return to Aracena, you can enjoy the town, try some of its authentic cuisine and take a taxi back on your own to your accommodation.

    Length: 9,5 km

    Overnight: Los Marines


    Hike to Cortelazor

    Today you will go to Cortelazor through forests and valleys characterized by the tranquillity they offer to their walkers. Once you pass through the village of Corterrangel, you will reach some stone paths, and surrounded by spring flowers, they will guide you to Cortelazor, your destination today.

    When you are in the village, which stands out for its life and rural atmosphere, why not try out some tapas in the bars on the square that will be evident thanks to its colourful façades.

    Length: 19 km

    Overnight: Cortelazor


    Circular route from Cortelazor

    For today's hike, you will travel through ravines and across streams until you reach Valdelarco, from where you will have spectacular views. You will continue to Navahermosa and continue along orchard and olive grove trails that will take you back to Cortelazor. Remember that you are in a region which is rich in local gastronomy, so be sure to try the desserts made with honey, olive oil and Aracena goat's cheese.

    Length: 16,5 km

    Overnight: Cortelazor


    Hike towards Alájar

    Your hike today will begin as a climb along a valley that stands out for its stunning green landscape which surrounds it. You will cross farmland and find donkeys, birds and livestock typical of the rural area in this region of Spain. When you arrive at Fuenteheridos, remember to stop and enjoy a good meal in its typical bars.

    Then, follow through the hills and start descending towards Alájar, a village with stone streets and full of traditions and gastronomy that you will fall in love with.

    Length: 16 km

    Overnight: Alájar


    Circular route towards Linares de Sierra

    Today you will enjoy your walk more than you can imagine. You will walk across farmland and numerous orchards that will take you to the village of Los Madroñeros, the essence of highland architecture, and then on to Linares de Sierra. Once there, visit the Church of San Juan Bautista and its popular old fountain.

    On your way back to Alájar, you'll go through large trees and citrus plantations that will allow you to start seeing in the distance the white houses of today's final destination.

    Length: 11 km

    Overnight: Alájar


    Circular route towards Cerro San Cristóbal

    Today you will walk above the village of Almonaster la Real, until you reach Cerro San Cristóbal while enjoying stunning views of the Sierra de Aracena. When you're in the village, remember to visit the 10th-century mosque at the top of the hill.

    Return to Alájar in the afternoon after your walk and do not hesitate to try the food and get to know the places you haven't yet seen. Take advantage of your last night of your trip.

    Length: 11 km

    Overnight: Alájar


    Return from Seville

    Today you finish your Walking Holiday in La Sierra de Aracena with Santiago Ways.* You will need to take a return bus from Alájar to Seville, which will take around 2 hours, or ask us to book you an additional private transfer.

    *Remember that when you book your circuit, you can ask us to book additional hotel nights for the days after the end of your circuit to extend your stay in one of the villages in La Sierra de Aracena on your own.

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    General information

    All the rooms you will find on this hiking trail have a private bathroom and all the necessary services to ensure good comfort.

    Our team checks on site the quality of all the accommodation offered in order for all travellers to have an adventure experience always accompanied by nights of absolute rest.


    When working with quality accommodations with limited capacity, the exact name of the location will be provided 30 days before the start of the trip.

    All our accommodation is subject to availability. In case we can't offer you any of them for reasons of capacity, we'll accommodate you in one of equal or better quality.

    Single rooms

    Single rooms are available subject to availability. Reservations must be made in advance and come at an additional cost.

    Where am I going to stay?

    All our accommodation has been selected to ensure tranquillity, rest and enjoyment along your hiking trail:

    Los Marines

    Los Marines





    Included Services

    checkAccommodation in Hotels and Country Cottages.

    checkRooms with private bathroom.

    checkMeal plan of your choice.

    checkComplete itinerary of your trekking route in La Sierra de Aracena.

    checkTransfers according to the itinerary.

    check24 hours Telephone assistance on route.

    checkLuggage transfer between stages.


    Additional Services

    checkAdditional single room: to consult.

    checkExtra night (breakfast included): to consult.

    checkTravel assistance insurance: 3€ per person and day.

    checkCancellation insurance: 3€ per person and day.

    In order to resolve our travellers’ doubts, we answer, the most frequently asked questions when we receive inquiries about our hiking trails.

    If you have any other questions, you can contact us and we will be happy to help you resolve all your doubts.


    What is the best time of year to travel on this route?

    This route is available between January and June inclusive and September to December inclusive.

    The climate in this area is quite friendly to walkers, since winter is very mild, except for a little rain; and in spring, exceptional.

    How do I get to the starting point?

    To get to the starting point of your walking holiday in La Sierra de Aracena, we suggest that you take a flight to Seville Airport. From there, take a bus to Aracena, which will take around 1 hour and a half, from where you have a transfer included to your first accommodation.

    At the end of your route, very early in the morning, you can take a bus from Alájar to Seville that will take you in just over 2 hours.

    Can I travel alone?

    Yes, you can. On most of our hiking trails we offer accommodation in single rooms if the traveller requires it. Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.

    This hiking trail is suitable for solo travellers, so you won't have any problems if you're on your own.

    When can I start my trail?

    You can start your hiking trail any day of the year according to the specifications of your itinerary.

    Does this route have an accompanying guide?

    All our hiking trails are completed in self-guided mode. Thus, each traveller has the opportunity to advance on their own and at their own pace for each of the routes marked during the full route itinerary.

    What does the full route itinerary contain?

    The route's complete itinerary is a guide we prepare for you with information on the maps, routes and sights of each hiking route.

    You will receive it by email one month before starting the trip along with all the documentation of the trip: accommodation reservations, luggage transfers, among others.

    The kilometres of travel and the journey times indicated for our hiking trips are reference values.

    It will depend on each walker the fulfilment of these times and distances, according to the speed at which they advance.


    What should I consider to prepare physically?

    Both sedentary people and those who regularly exercise should physically prepare for any of our hiking trails.

    Sedentary people can start with moderate activity and continue progressively. They should start by taking small 20-minute walks, two or three times a week. It is suggested to increase the time until you reach walk about 4 or 5 kilometres every hour.

    People with regular physical activity can start by walking from 45 to 60 minutes a day and increase the amount of time and kilometres they travel in the same span of time.

    Generally, it is recommended to start training about three months before starting the route.

    How far in advance should I make the reservation?

    There is no minimum number of days in advance to book, although on certain dates the occupancy of the accommodation is higher, especially in high season.

    Therefore, in order to guarantee availability in the best accommodation, we suggest you book as much in advance as possible, so that we can meet all your needs.

    What clothes and hiking equipment are indispensable?

    For any of our routes we suggest you to bring the following items: light and fast drying clothing, waterproof jacket and trousers, sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a pair of shoes suitable for hiking, trekking poles, a pair of shoes to rest in, a jacket that doesn't take up much space and a bottle to carry water.

    Depending on the time of year in which you make the route, these items may vary.

    Remember that with Santiago Ways, you have included a baggage transfer service between stages, so we will take your backpack from one accommodation to another so that you only worry about walking (maximum 1 piece of 20 kg per person).

    For this reason, we suggest you prepare a second backpack, much smaller, that you can carry with you every day with water, sunscreen, cap, sunglasses, documents, some food and cash.

    How does the baggage transfer work between stages?

    Every day, at 8:00 am, you must bring your luggage, properly labelled, to the reception. One of our carriers will pick it up and take it to the place where you are going to stay on your next stage.

    Delivery time varies according to the distance between stages and the carrier's delivery route. Usually, delivery is made before 4 p.m.

    Please note that on many routes you sleep more than one night in the same accommodation, so the baggage transfer will not be necessary in these cases.

    Should I take out travel insurance?

    To make any of our hiking trails it is advisable to have travel insurance with all the necessary coverage, especially emergency evacuation and medical care.

    To do this,we suggest you take out the Travel Assistance Insurance and Cancellation Insurance that we offer you in Santiago Ways.If you want more information about it, we will be happy to answer your questions.


    Do all rooms have a private bathroom?

    Yes, all rooms you book for hiking trails with Santiago Ways have a private bathroom.

    Can I sleep alone in a room?

    Yes. We offer accommodation in single rooms and double rooms, according to the requirements of each traveller.

    Single rooms have a special surcharge and are subject to availability.

    When do you tell me which hotels I'm going to sleep in?

    We work with multiple accommodations in all locations which allows us to guarantee the best quality rooms for our travellers, provided that they are booked well in advance.

    The name and exact location of each hotel is sent about one month before the start of the trip.

    Am I going to share a room with strangers?

    No. All the accommodations we book for our travellers have private rooms with private bathrooms in order to guarantee all the comfort and comfort they need to rest properly.

    Is the accommodation close to the route I need to follow?

    All the accommodation we book is located in the centre of the villages. In any case, depending on availability, if any accommodation is quite far from the centre, they are all accessible on foot.

    When necessary, Santiago Ways will offer a transfer to the traveller so that they can reach their accommodation in the most comfortable way possible.

    What kind of accommodation do you book?

    All the accommodation we book in Santiago Ways offer the necessary comfort to rest after long days of walking. We have partnerships with hotels, country houses, mountain retreats and charming farm stays, always with a room and a private bathroom.

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