An easy to follow loop walk along quiet cobbled paths, through an abandonded hamlet and farmland with a steep climb at the end. We suggest stopping for lunch in Linares de la Sierra - as the restaurants only tend to open about 1:30 it may be worth having a slightly later start to the day!
Today’s walk is sure to be a high point of your holiday —a delightful stroll through farmland, orchards and the forgotten little hamlet of Madroneros to Linares de Sierra.
As well as its traditional bull-ring another highlight here is the amazing Meson Arriero restaurant, where the strawberry gazpacho is sure to be one of the finest things you have ever tasted!
Head back to Alajar on shady tree-lined paths lined with citrus groves which ascend gradually before they open up for great views down to the white houses of Alajar. Descend gradually to Alajar alongside a trickling stream.
You may like to take part in a cheese-tasting this afternoon where you can sample some of the regions different tasty artisanal cheeses!
There is a great picnic area and swimming spot just 1km along the route as you make your way from Linares de la Sierra back to Alajar.
There are some loose rocky sections on this walk so take good care and watch your footing.
As temperatures can be extremely high around this area 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 loose rocky sections.
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 some great spots along the route for a picnic and your B&B hosts will be happy to arrange a packed lunch for you if you let them know the night before. If you prefer to sit down for a meal then stop by Meson Arriero once you reach Linares de la Sierra (please note this opens at 1:30pm).
Points of interest
Plaza de Toros
The central square in Linares is round in shape as it used to be the bullring - grandstand seating still lines the outer walls. These days it's used for events, markets and general village socialising rather than bullfights. The sand normally found in the centre of a bullring has been replaced by cobbles, so you can stop by the square and have a drink in one of the small bars. You'll not fail to notice the 500-year-old oak tree called 'El Alcornoque Torero' growing sideways from the seating area.
The public washing fountain at Plaze de la Fuente, in the centre of Linares, is made up of three parts: the fountain with four chutes, the rectangular water trough for animals and the circular clothes washing section. Designed to accommodate 18 stone washboards in a small space, the fountain never stops flowing and the water continues from the lavadero via three different channels to feed the orchards lower down the hillside. Thought to have been constructed originally around two centuries ago the fountain in its current form dates from 1908 when it was donated by the village mayor.