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.
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.
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.
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.
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.