From flamenco flamboyance to tranquil mountain trails, exploring Andalusia and Seville on this walking tour means embracing the moment.
Rooting for acorns under the cork oaks outside Linares, the region’s famous black pigs look downright blissful. Watching them from the trailside on your walking tour of Seville and Andalusia, you feel just as contented. Walking through the Sierra de Aracena’s pastoral mountainscapes has slowed you down to a simpler pace, and taught you a thing or two about Andalusian culture. Life here in Spain’s spiritual heartland is all about embracing the moment—whether it’s the flamboyant dancing, clapping, singing, and strumming of a Sevilla flamenco trio or the languid lifestyle of Aracena’s stone villages. As you walk into Linares, locals still chat by the communal wash trough and linger over wine and tapas by the town’s tiny ex-bullring. Time to join them for a glass of fino, and a plate of that famous Iberian ham.
- 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.
In the historic heart of Seville, with panoramic views of the Giralda bell tower and the city’s cathedral, this classical music-themed boutique hotel occupies a beautifully restored 18th-century mansion. Spacious, air-conditioned, individually decorated guestrooms—each named for a different composer—feature family antiques, complementary WiFi and laptops, flat-screen TVs, and libraries of classical music. A rooftop terrace offers breakfast daily and cocktails in the evening with arguably one of the city’s most romantic views. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Hotel Convento Aracena & Spa
A four-star hotel, located just below the Aracena castle, occupies a carefully restored 17th-century convent, retaining historic elements combined with modern amenities. Air-conditioned guest rooms are contemporary with exposed wood and stone, crisp fabrics, and neutral tones. An on-site spa offers whirlpool and swimming pools and a selection of treatments, while an outdoor saltwater pool is surrounded by terraced grounds and chaise lounges. The on-site restaurant features traditional and updated versions of the region’s distinct cuisine and fresh products.
La Flamenca Inn
Occupying a large traditional home in the small village of Cortelazor, this charming guesthouse has been beautifully renovated with late 19th-century reclaimed and restored furnishings and décor, much from England, from late-Victorian stained glass to ceramic stoves. Spacious guest rooms boast ceiling fans rather than air conditioning, and are individually decorated, each in a unique style accommodating the building’s original architecture, featuring late-Victorian, William Morris, or Art Deco pieces, natural wood and colorful tile, and comfortable and eclectic furniture. Your host, Lola, makes this private residence feel like a home away from home as soon as you arrive—with her warm welcome and the family-style breakfasts served in the large kitchen. An honesty bar is available in one of the two cozy common areas, or you may choose to relax at one of the local bars on the village square, just a few steps away.
Finca la Fronda
In the heart of the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park, this luxury rural hotel—environmentally constructed within the existing landscape with aged tiles and brick—has just seven guestrooms surrounding a typical Andalusian patio with orange trees and a goldfish pool. In addition to private terraces, spacious guestrooms have air conditioning, king beds, terracotta tile floors, classic furnishings with muted pastel colors, seating areas, and desks. The posada, the traditional farm building, also includes two fireside sitting rooms, two covered terraces, and an outdoor swimming pool. In keeping with the rural character of the inn, guestrooms are not equipped with televisions or telephones. Please note that this family-owned hotel has a friendly dog on the property.
|14 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 3 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes, maps, and use of a handheld GPS unit|
|Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transportation (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to travel with your luggage from one accommodation to the next; there may be an additional charge.)|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: Tasting and visit at authentic producer of Ibérico ham and guided exploration of Aracena|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by Allianz Global Assistance|
|Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.|