Sierra de Aracena y los Picos de Aroche Natural Park - Walks
With countless footpaths and tracks linking villages, many now signposted or waymarked, the Sierra is ideal walking country. The best time is spring and autumn; the months of July and August are best avoided because of the heat unless you do a short walk starting at the crack of dawn (preferably ending in a river to cool off on your return).
The tourist office opposite the Grutas de las Maravillas in Aracena sells maps and books on Sierra walks in Spanish. The Discovery Walking Guides map and book on the Sierra de Aracena is available in English from UK bookshops. Walking in Andalucía by Guy Hunter-Watts has a section on the Sierra.
The best places for the starting point of many walks include Aracena, Alájar and Fuenteheridos.
Good short, easy walks that are well-signposted are:
Starting from El Talenque picnic area near Navahermosa is a 3km linear walk alongside a stream to the secluded village of Valdelarco.
The 2km-long track to the Chorro de Santa Ana waterfall.
The Cerro de Castaño, a 5km circular walk originating in the village of Castaño del Robledo, passes through the chestnut woodland and has wonderful views.
Hotels in the main towns and villages. Bed & Breakfast and casas rurales (country cottages) in beautiful rural locations. More on Sierra de Aracena accommodation page >