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Loop Walk to Cerro San Cristobal

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  • Almonaster La Real.
    / Almonaster La Real.
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  • / Views down to Almonaster La Real.
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  • / Iglesia de San Martin.
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  • / The 10th century Mosque.
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  • / Inside Almonaster Mosque.
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  • / Plaza de Toros (Bull Ring), next to the Mosque.
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A wonderful loop walk with amazing hilltop views and one of the most quaint villages in The Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park.

11.2 km
3:00 h
407 m
411 m

The gorgeous village of Almonaster la Real with its magnificent hilltop mosque dating from the 10th century is a must-see in any tour of the Sierra de Aracena. Today’s walk takes you on a circuit high above the village for wonderful views right across the sierra and beyond.

Return to the posada in Alajar for your final night, where your hosts Lucy and Angel will entertain you with a special tasting sampling some of the finest olive oils in Spain.

You will be transferred to Almonaster la Real this morning to start your walk but should make your own way back to Alajar by taxi once you have finished. Please arrange this directly with either Pedro Taxis or your accommodation in Alajar.

Author’s recommendation

Before catching your taxi back to Alajar make sure you stop by one of the small squares in the village for a cerveza and tapas.

Highest point
856 m
Lowest point
491 m

Safety information

Parts of this route follow roads with no pavement, take good care and walk on the left so as to face any oncoming traffic.


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 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.

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Food & Drink

Almonaster la Real has a good selection of bars/restaurants to choose from. If you prefer to picnic, there's a great spot 2km before the end of your walk, then your B&B hosts can arrange a packed lunch for you. 

Points of interest

Mosque of Almonaster la Real

Located within the castle on top of the hill in a dominating position overlooking the village. Built on the site of a fifth-century Visigoth basilica, this is one of few surviving rural mosques in Spain. A beautifully-preserved mezquita that was converted into a church (a smaller example of Cordoba's famous Mezquita), it is highly unusual in that most of its Islamic features have survived almost intact to this day, alongside the Christian additions.

Built in the 9th and 10th centuries during the reign of Abd al-Rahman III, the mezquita has three components in a trapezoidal shape: the pillared prayer hall (Haram), the courtyard of ablutions (Sham), and the minaret tower for the call to prayer.

Open daily from 9:30am to 8:30pm with no entrance fee.


Almonaster (580 m)
37.873369, -6.785701
29S 694755 4194076



Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – Your transfer this morning will drop you off at the main road entering Almonaster Le Real. Standing with your back to the village TURN LEFT to follow the main road uphill in the direction of ‘Portugal’.

0.60 km – Continue on the main road, on it’s left side as there is no pavement, passing a tiny chapel on your left.

1.30 km – As the road bears right again, TURN LEFT to follow the descending gravel vehicle track.

2.90 km – TURN RIGHT after a short, leafy descent, passing a yellow/red/white marker labelled ‘GR-42’.

3.00 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON alongside a small stream then TURN LEFT to cross it using small stepping-stones.

3.10 km – 20m after the stream crossing TURN RIGHT to leave the main path following a narrow stony track (easy to miss!) with the stream to your right side.

3.20 km – After passing another yellow/red/white marker continue STRAIGHT ON uphill, keeping the fence close to your left. The path narrows between blackberry bushes, possibly overgrown in places.

3.40 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON over the railway tracks just beyond the large fig trees.

3.50 km – The track now climbs uphill as you approach the hamlet of Acebuche.

3.80 km – At the top of the cobbled road through Acebuche, TURN RIGHT to join the tarmac road. Continue following this to the next hamlet of Arroyo.

4.60 km – Head STRAIGHT ON through Arroyo.

5.00 km – TURN RIGHT at the junction to join the main road, following the sign for Almonaster. After 20m BEAR LEFT to cross the road and follow the rocky trail uphill, passing a large white house.

5.50 km – BEAR LEFT where the trail splits, to continue uphill.

6.60 km – At the end of the narrow, overgrown, path TURN RIGHT then IMMEDIATE LEFT to follow the rocky vehicle track along an ‘avenue’ of Cork Oak trees.

6.80 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON at the crossroads.

7.50 km – At the top of the track TURN LEFT to join the small tarmac road.

7.80 km – Continue following the road downhill until it’s end.

8.40 km – If you’re comfortable with a very short scramble there is a wonderful view from the top of the rocks on your left as the road BEARS RIGHT.

10.70 km – At the bottom of the hill TURN RIGHT to join the main road back into Almonaster.

11.20 km – Finish your walk back at your starting point. Take some time to explore this beautiful town before taking a taxi back to Alajar.


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