Trek the remote and beautiful Andalusia region, and discover a passion for flamenco and tapas on a walking tour of Seville, Spain.

Journey into Andalusia, southern Spain’s hidden gem, as you hike through the beautiful Sierra Morena mountains into fertile valleys and iconic whitewashed villages. Get to know the capital of Andalusia, with an independent walking tour of Seville, Spain, a city of colorful mosaics, intense flamenco performances, and lively tapas bars. Travel on to the remote Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park, where rolling countryside gives way to dramatic rocky peaks. Meet a local producer of Spain’s renowned ibérico jamón, then explore Alájar’s maze of cobblestone streets and baroque churches. End each day in family-owned accommodations where innkeepers share their stories over a glass of wine. Combining independent exploration with authentic experiences, this memorable trek through Andalusia will awaken the adventurer in you.

Highlights

  • Stroll through the cork-oak forests of Aracena and Cortelazor, in rural regions completely overlooked by the tourist crowds of Andalusia’s major cities.
  • Visit a family-run finca that specializes in rearing native Ibérico pigs, and chat with the owner to learn how Spain’s renowned jamón ibérico is made.
  • Make time for flamenco and tapas in the one-of-a-kind city of Seville, whose Moorish influences and cobblestone streets delight.
  • Stay at a traditional finca farmhouse that has been beautifully renovated, and whose owner welcomes you with authentic family-style meals served in the kitchen.
On all Self-Guided Adventures you can count on...
Icon of person
A local representative available 24/7.
Icon of map
Detailed maps & route notes featuring turn-by-turn directions and places of interest.
Icon of cutlery
Delicious meals—many are included.
Icon of car
Scheduled taxi transfers to bring you to and from each day’s walks.
Icon of house
Gracious accommodations that are a clean, comfortable home away from home.
Icon of check-list
Experts to handle all the details, including moving your luggage between hotels while you’re out exploring.
Icon of airplane
Access to a Self-Guided Flight Concierge—ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync with your planned trip.

Itinerary

Wed, Mar 20 to Sun, Jun 30 - 2019

Show Itinerary:

Upon arrival in Seville, you check into your boutique hotel, located in the historical center. One of Europe’s most authentic urban cores, Seville contains three UNESCO World Heritage sites—the Alcázar palace complex, the Cathedral, and the General Archive of the Indies. For dinner, you can venture out nearby to some of the country’s best tapas bars.

Accommodation: Hotel Amadeus & La Musica, Seville

Today you depart Seville and drive north to the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park, a protected range of hills stretching in an arc north of Seville and containing bucolic landscapes of oak and cork forest alternating with valleys, ancient villages, and Moorish forts and castles. In the village of Corteconcepción, you join your local Representative for an interpretive visit of a small, family-run finca. This farm specializes in rearing Ibérico pigs—the famous black pigs that produce the most exclusive hams in the world. You tour the extensive grounds, learning about the flora and the fascinating dehesa ecosystem and its associated farming process. Afterward, you enjoy a tasting of their mouth-watering hams. Following your visit here, you transfer to your home for two nights in the region’s capital, Aracena, a town of 8,000 inhabitants, over which stand the ruins of a 12th-century Moorish fortress, which was in large part destroyed by Napoleon’s army in 1812. The entire town center has been declared “of Cultural Interest” for its many historical buildings and monuments, lovely squares, museums, and churches. Following an orientation meeting, your local Representative guides you on a short exploration of the town before stopping for a tapas lunch. If you wish, there is time to visit the stunning cave system of the Gruta de las Maravillas (at your own expense) before dinner on your own.

Accommodation: Hotel Convento, Aracena

7.7 miles, easy to moderate, 800-ft. elevation gain and loss

This introductory walk takes you out to the pretty village of Corteconcepción, passing farms, gurgling streams, olive groves, and hillsides where you can see the famous Ibérico pigs roaming freely. There is plenty of time for a casual lunch in the village before walking back to Aracena this afternoon, following a different path, giving you a new appreciation for this diverse landscape. Later you can stroll out and explore the many plazas of Aracena, with ample cafés and restaurants to choose from for an evening drink and dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Convento, Aracena

7.7 miles, easy to moderate, 1,000-ft. elevation gain and 1,050-ft. elevation loss

You depart Aracena this morning and are provided with a packed lunch before venturing out into the countryside of chestnut groves and small farms. The last part of your walk is on ancient cobbled pathways—part of the medieval network of paths across Spain known as the Caminos Reales or “royal roads.” Your destination is Cortelazor, a charming village of just 300 inhabitants dating back to Roman times and surrounded by cork and chestnut forests. You may wish to enjoy a drink at one of the three bars in the main square, all serving local tapas-style food, as you watch a bit of local life—as throughout Andalusia, the locals are friendly and welcoming. In the center of Cortelazor, you also find a shop, a 16th-century church, and a small crafts museum. For dinner in this authentic pueblo, you walk with your host to one of the village bars for a simple but tasty meal—a true taste of the local life.

Accommodation: La Flamenca Inn, Cortelazor

8.6 miles, moderate with challenging sections, 1,650-ft. elevation gain and loss

Today, a loop walk takes you out through some of the prettiest and most remote parts of the hills. As well as the cultivated woodlands of the dehesa, the mixed forest and pastureland typical of southern Spain and Portugal, you walk through forests and along fertile river valleys between small villages. Along the way, you stop for a picnic lunch in the shade of a chestnut tree looking out over the forested mountains. The Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche nature park has been recognized by the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism. With more than 600 miles of trails, this park in the foothills of the broader Sierra Morena contains archaeological traces pre-dating the Romans. The area is also teeming with bird life, including birds of prey such as an important population of black vultures, and golden, short-toed, and Bonelli’s eagles. Almost every village church is topped with a stork’s nest, and the endangered black stork is found here. Wandering past streams, sightings of heron and egrets are also common. This evening, you transfer to the neighboring village of Los Marines for dinner—an avant-garde tasting menu created by celebrated chef, Javier Fuster (based on availability).

Accommodation: La Flamenca Inn, Cortelazor

7.8 miles, easy to moderate, 1,300-ft. elevation gain and 1,000-ft. elevation loss

Today’s walk takes you first through oak forests to the pretty village of Fuenteheridos. Passing through dehesa, you see farmers working both the land and the trees—producing honey, picking mushrooms and gathering chestnuts, while also harvesting cork and bringing the animals to graze on acorns. In Fuenteheridos you can rest in the picturesque square and have a drink or snack at one of the many bars and restaurants. From here your path takes you uphill to cross the Sierra through one of the most bountiful chestnut forests of the region. Once at the top, views extend south over the village of Alájar—today’s destination—and surrounding mountains, and on a clear day, all the way to sea. A narrow, wooded path leads you all the way to the doorstep of your lovely hotel set high in the hills above the village. You can relax with a drink on the terrace or enjoy a dip in the pool before dinner in the warm dining room.

Accommodation: Finca La Fronda, Alájar

6.8 miles, moderate, 1,300-ft. elevation gain and loss

This morning starts with a delicious breakfast before you set off down the hill and into the village of Alájar. As you continue walking, you notice the design of cobbled “door mats” in front of the traditional whitewashed houses, unique to this village. The route then continues through the semi-abandoned hamlet of Los Madroñeros and into the beautiful forested countryside leading to Linares de la Sierra. In the village, you may encounter locals still gathering at the communal lavanderia to wash their clothes. In contrast, it is also the location of one of the best modern restaurants in the region, making it a perfect stop for lunch (based upon availability). This afternoon, you walk uphill for a short distance before emerging into the beautiful grounds surrounding your hotel, or decide to celebrate the week’s accomplishments with a visit to the local hammam and take a taxi back instead (not included).

Accommodation: Finca La Fronda, Alájar

Departure from Seville

After breakfast at your inn, you depart by private transfer from Alájar to Seville (1½ hours).

What's Included

Tour Only
Boutique accommodations Check
14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners Check
Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes, maps, and use of a handheld GPS unit Check
Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative Check
Local representative available 24/7 Check
Scheduled taxi and luggage transfers (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to transfer with your luggage from one accommodation to the next; there may be an additional charge.) Check
Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: Tasting and visit at authentic producer of Ibérico ham and guided exploration of Aracena Check
Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance Check
Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip. Check
Morocco: Marrakesh, Foothills of the High Atlas & Essaouira

Dates & Prices

2019 Dates Number of Travelers
2 3 4 5 6 Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
Sep 1 - Oct 31 $3,148 $2,898 $2,798 $2,798 $2,798 $780 $665
This tour is available starting Sunday through Thursday, on request, from March 20 through June 30 and September 1 through October 31, 2019. Thursday and Sunday start dates work best for availability. Please note that the tiered tour price is based on a guarantee of a specified number of guests—should your group decrease in size, we reserve the right to alter the per person price if necessary as reflected in the Tour Price table. Please also note that the tour price includes one departure transfer from Alájar to Seville on Day 8 of the tour. If traveling in a group of two or more with separate departure times, additional charges will apply for multiple transfers. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
2020 Dates Number of Travelers Pre Hotel Night Post Hotel Night
2-3 4+ Single Supplement
Solo Surcharge
2+ Single Supplement
2+ Single Supplement
Mar 22 - Jun 30 $3,198 $3,198 $748 $648 $198 $148 $198 $148
Sep 1 - Oct 29 $3,198 $3,198 $748 $648 $1989 $148 $198 $148
This tour is available starting Sunday through Thursday, on request, from March 22 through June 30 and September 1 through October 29, 2020. Thursday and Sunday start dates work best for availability. Please note that the tour price includes one departure transfer from Alájar to Seville on Day 8 of the tour. If traveling in a group of two or more with separate departure times, additional charges will apply for multiple transfers. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy.

0 of 4
Tours Selected