Enjoy a sense of remoteness as you follow this looped trail up and over the Sierras and along narrow forest tracks.
A delightful loop walk today goes high above Cortelazor for wonderful views across the whitewashed village. Cross ravines and mountain streams to arrive at Valdelarco and then Navahermosa. Continue on paths lined by orchards and olive groves in a fertile river valley to arrive back at Cortelazor.
Enjoy another night in the cosy La Flamenca Inn where the owner Lola makes you feel right at home. Dinner can be taken at one of the local restaurants serving typical regional dishes such as the mouthwatering Aracena goats cheese and desserts steeped in honey.
Once back in Cortelazor enjoy a well earned drink at Bar El Maño whilst overlooking Plaza de Andalucia.
The route is very isolated and even though you're walking through woodland for the majority of the time it can still be extremely hot. It's advisable to set out early to avoid the hottest part of the day. Take plenty of water, suncream and watch your step on the rocky sections.
There is a fountain in both Valdelarco and Navahermosa if you need to refill your water bottle en route.
A pair of sturdy walking trainers will be enough for this route if you dont want to wear full hiking boots. Along with the rest of your usual gear for a day outdoors remember to pack a sunscreen and insect repellant. A waterproof is always a good idea to keep handy, although you'd be unlucky to get wet in this region.
Food & Drink
There are a couple of bars around Plaza de Andalucia in Cotelazor and a small store which opens at 9am if you want to buy supplies for your walk today. Once you reach Valdelarco there is a small bar and a restaurant but remember, as with all these small villages, if you're there during siesta time nowhere will be open.
Points of interest
The Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park
Spanning an area of 184,000 hectares, around 90% of the natural park is covered by woodland of mainly Mediterranean oak. Consisting of gently rolling hills and wooded valleys gradually giving way to dramatic rocky outcrops on high peaks. There is a abundant and varied wildlife with plenty of chances to spot birds, lizards, snakes, butterflies, wild boar, goats and many more. The area is famous for its rearing of black Iberian pigs and these can be seen everywhere as they hunt for the acorns that give their ham its unique taste.