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Extend your Inn to Inn with a relaxing post-walk stay on the Costa de la Luz, with its gorgeous seascapes, laid-back cities and atmospheric sherry bodgeas. It's a part walking, part driving holiday, from the peaceful hills to the beguiling coast. Added together, its a comprehensive tour through so much of what we love about Andalucía.
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Your driver collects you from Seville at a time to suit you, either from the airport, train station or your hotel. The drive to the pretty town of Aracena takes approximately 1½ hours. From your hotel, head out on a short walking tour of Aracena, from its Moorish castle to the town's famous cave system, Gruta de las Maravillas, which you might like to visit.
Set off walking directly from your hotel, following an easy route through evergreen oak and chestnut forests along a pretty river valley. As with many of the routes in this area, paths are generally lined with either stone walls or wire fences, it keeps the wild boar away from the chestnuts and stops them interfering with the valuable iberian pig stocks. You also pass orchards and olive groves as you walk alongside the river.
Walking with just a daypack, set off from Aracena towards the pretty village of Cortelazor. For the first part of your day, the walk follows a pleasantly undulating track through pretty chestnut woods before it leads you up onto a ridge with wide views across the natural park. The last stretch of your walk is a particularly pretty cobbled trail leading into the charming small village of Cortelazor.
Leave Cortelazor for a beautifully varied, at times somewhat challenging, day of walking. The first section of the day is on a little used trail down to the river and steeply back up again to the higher hills across the valley. From Valdelarco an old cobbled path leads you through woodland alongside a stream to your charming hotel just outside the village of Fuenteheridos.
Today ́s walk, may be the highlight of the week in terms of walking. It is a beautiful traverse through the Sierra de Aracena passing through some of the prettiest villages of the area. In the afternoon the picturesque path takes you along streams, through chestnut forests and over the ridge to the south side of the Sierra. You might like to take a detour to the top of the Peña Arias Montano, for fantastic views all the way to Portugal.
Walk to nearby Alájar then cross country to Linares, one of the most picturesque villages in the area. It's also home to a rather lovely little restaurant which showcases local vegetable garden produce alongside the best of the acorn-fed jamon. To celebrate the end of your walk, we include a special tasting menu lunch here today at this extremely welcoming spot.
End your walking week today as you complete the circuit back to Aracena, where you started. It's only a short day today, so you could enjoy a morning by the pool before setting off later in the day, or set off early in order to have lunch in Aracena. There are some great places to eat here, and you'll have our local information and tips on our favourites.
Transfer back to Seville to collect your hire car and head south, perhaps breaking the journey in Jerez, just under two hours away. The compact city is world famous for its wines, flamenco and Spanish horses. Throughout your time on the Costa de la Luz you'll have the valuable benefit of our Holiday Guide to point you in the direction of the places we've enjoyed. Settle into your hotel for the next three nights, in the heart of this charming white village.
Following your walk in Aracena, today might be an opportune moment to relax and take it easy - something easily done on the Costa de la Luz. Alternatively, spend the day exploring the coast of Cádiz and its rich history, nature and culinary tradition. There is whale watching closeby in Tarifa, the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia on the pristine beach of Bolonia and fantastic walking in the Barbate Natural Park, overlooking Cape Trafalgar.
With the keys to your car and your Pura Holiday Guide to hand, today is yours to plan as you wish. A good starting point is the eminently walkable coastal city of Cádiz. Enjoy wandering the streets of this famously relaxed, and relaxing, ancient city, with gorgeous views over the ocean. Then there's the 'Sherry Triangle' of Cádiz, with all three points and their respective bodegas close at hand or the historic hilltop white village of Arcos de la Frontera.
Assuming you have an afternoon or evening flight, you'll have time this morning to wander around the pretty white streets of Vejer and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere. Or if you missed Jerez on the way down then you might want to pop in on your way back to Seville. Drop off your car at the airport and bid adios to Andalucía. Don't forget we can discuss a tailored version of this trip for you if you'd like to keep on exploring - just ask for ideas or share your own.
Note: This is just an itinerary idea and we'll therefore tailor everything to you.
Flexible departures: If you're ready to start travelling again, you can book now secure in the knowledge that we offer you the freedom to defer your trip, until the point your balance is paid, to any available date before the end of 2021.
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Exclusive departures: As we have always done on our Inn to Inn walks, we limit departures on this trip to one a day to ensure you have the best experience possible. You therefore will not be walking in convoy with any other Pura Aventura guests, these will either be at least a day behind or ahead of you. It means we sell fewer holidays, but better holidays.
For the Inn to Inn part of this trip, the itinerary is fixed from point to point; we can’t deviate from it too far without spoiling it. However, if you’d like to add in an extra night, take out the rest day or spend more time in Seville before your trip, we can certainly build this in to a personalised itinerary. On the coast, we have complete flexibility to add in time, perhaps heading up to Granada and the beautiful countryside which surrounds the city. Of course the best way to see if we can tailor a trip to suit you is to ask. We'd be only too pleased to talk.
Departs on a date to suit you from March to June and September to November. However, please note the holiday cannot start on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Please note: services on this trip are always private. Because this walk is through remote areas and is exclusive to Pura Aventura, we feel that overlapping departures risk detracting from your experience. We limit departures to a maximum of one per day.
Temperatures in early spring and late autumn will be cool - likely to be somewhere over 10° during the day. From April through June and September to October the temperatures will be more likely in the 20°s. In July and August, temperatures are really too hot to make walking in Andalucia pleasant. In December and January rains come and can be very heavy so it's best to avoid these.
The price is per person based on two sharing and includes:
First-class accommodation with breakfast
Some dinners and a special 5-course tasting menu
Luggage transfers between hotels
Detailed walking notes and GPS device
Welcome briefing with Pura Aventura guide and phone support throughout
Private transfers to and from Seville airport
Compact car hire with insurance for one drive
Andalucía Holiday Guide with personal recommendations
Pura’s expertise, local contacts, support and advice throughout
International flights are quoted separately for this holiday. Best routing is into and out of Seville (SVQ). Or there is the high speed AVE train from Madrid to Seville which is a beautiful 2.5 hour journey.
The inns and hotels we use on this trip are small, charming and locally-owned and all high quality - mainly of a four-star standard. They each have their own story to tell; for example the B&B in the hills above Alájar is owned by direct descendants of William Wordsworth. They even leave extracts of his poetry on your pillows each day.
For more details, please get in touch to request a detailed PDF itinerary.
You will stay in small villages which receive far fewer visitors than the more established and better-known places. You will therefore be making an important contribution simply by passing through and interacting with the local community. We work directly with all the hotels along this route, ensuring the maximum financial benefit to them. The maintenance of the walking trails also helps to protect the traditional dehesa landscape of this corner of Andalucía, characterised by cork and Holm oaks scattered across meadows grazed by free-range Ibérico pigs.
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