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Rural Andalucia

Exploring the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park on foot and by bike...

A cockerel crows as the morning sun rises above the distant hillside, bathing the whitewashed buildings of the town in a golden glow. The main square is bustling with the anticipation of the weekly market and villagers chat over a morning coffee swapping their latest news. And so starts another day in the traditional Spain you’ll discover away from the costas.

This is a nature lovers’ haven. The contrasting landscapes offer gently rolling hills, wooded valleys and acres of oak and cork trees, which gradually give way to dramatic rocky outcrops and high peaks. The province has rich and varied wildlife with plenty of opportunities to spot birds of prey or perhaps hear woodpeckers in spring. The profusion of springtime flowers gently gives way to mushroom season in the colourful autumn months.

There is an extensive network of footpaths and centuries-old drovers’ tracks linking numerous pretty villages, making it a delightful region to explore on foot or by bike. Many of the gentle trails offer the perfect terrain for Nordic Walking too. Whitewashed towns and villages, often huddled around the focal point of a large church or castle, make a perfect lunchtime stop or for a late afternoon coffee. The region is famous for its black Iberian pigs, which roam free and feed on acorns from the numerous oak trees.
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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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    Date
    08 Nov 2017
    Nights
    7
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    Level B
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    London (Gatwick)
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    £1,499
    Date
    16 May 2018
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    7
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    19 Sep 2018
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    07 Nov 2018
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  • Itinerary & Map
    08 Nov 2017 - 15 Nov 2017

    Day 1 - Aracena
    On arrival into Seville airport, we transfer by coach to our accommodation, the Finca Valbono, close to the picturesque Andalucian town of Aracena. Due to our late arrival today, a snack will be provided on arrival at our hotel.

    Day 2 - Aracena
    An introduction walk of Aracena this morning introduces us to this lovely little town and after an independent lunch we will transfer to Santa Ana la Real for our first Nordic walking experience on a circular walk. We'll have dinner at a village restaurant before enjoying a starlight walk. This is one of the best areas to the sky at night.

    Day 3 - Aracena
    After breakfast, we take a walking path directly from the hotel enjoying the local flora and fauna as we go. We'll stop at a working finca for a visit, and local lunch, and return to Finca Valbono by a different path. There will be time to enjoy the hotel's swimming pool or a drink in the bar before dinner.

    Day 4 - Aracena
    Saturday is market day in Aracena and we'll make a stop here to see local life, before continuing to the Rio Tinto mines. Named after the river which flows through the region, the now unused giant opencast mines create a surreal, almost lunar landscape. The removal of layer upon layer of soil and rock, in the search for iron ore, copper, silver and a host of other mineral ores, has tinted this part of the region in hues of dusty pink, brown, yellow, red and grey. No longer a working mine the area is a haven for flora and fauna. Our expert local guide will lead us through the area and make a stop at Bellavista village, where the English miners used to live. There is even a preserved Victorian house we can visit. After our full day, we head back to our hotel for dinner

    Day 5 - Aracena
    Our second experience of Nordic walking today between local villages offering fresh air, good scenery and a lot of fun! Lunch will be taken in one of the villages, before we walk back to our hotel (not Nordic walking). Dinner is at the hotel this evening.

    Day 6 - Aracena
    We are "on our bikes" today and explore the spectacular countryside on two wheels. We'll cycle between villages, on quiet roads and paths and stop for a picnic lunch. We'll be back at the hotel in time for an afternoon swim before dinner. Our cycle time will be approx. 4 hours, spread over the day.

    Day 7 - Aracena
    Taking transport, we head to Galaroza in the Valle de Murtiga where we'll follow paths between villages. We'll pick a nice spot for our picnic lunch en route. This area of Andalucía is know for its variety of flora and fauna, oak and cork trees and in November, mushrooms. Our November date will include mushroom picking on this day.

    Day 8 - -
    Leaving Aracena behind, we head to the beautiful city of Seville, the vibrant Andalucian city with its tasty cuisine, Flamenco and historical sites. After a guided tour with a local guide, there will be time for an independent lunch and some free time, before heading to the airport for the flight to London.


  • Accommodation

    The former country house of Finca Valbono is now a hotel with its accommodation in cottages scattered around its extensive grounds. The main house features the restaurant, renowned for its high quality dishes, lounge and bar and there is also a swimming pool. Walking trails lead directly from the hotel and there is also a riding school on site. On a couple of evenings we also plan to eat in local restaurants.

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • En suite accommodation and breakfasts.
    • Dinners taken at the finca and local restaurants.
    • Equipment and instructors for our cycling and Nordic walking days.
    • Guided visit of Seville.
    • All local transport costs.

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Nordic walking on country paths.
    • Discovering the flora and fauna of the Rio Tinto Mines.
    • Savouring Andalucian cuisine and wines.
    • Cycling the nature trails of the area.
    • Exploring Seville with our local guide.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c90mins).
    • Flights: Gatwick-Seville (c2hrs 45mins), British Airways.
    • UK add-on flights £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades to Business Class available, please ask for a competitive quote.

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Activity Level
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You enjoy the great outdoors and possess a moderate spirit of adventure. For you, nothing beats exploring the natural world, whether by foot, wheels or water. You enjoy filling your days with great scenery and a range of different experiences. You are moderately fit. Previous outdoor activity experience is preferable. Where walking is involved you can expect up to 8 miles of walking on occasionally rough paths with up to 600m of ascent.



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