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Loop walk to Linares de la Sierra

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  • The path to Los Madroneros.
    / The path to Los Madroneros.
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  • / The central square of Los Madroneros.
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  • / Horses grazing.
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  • / The old Plaza de Toros (Bull Ring) now the central square of Linares de la Sierra.
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  • / Iglesia de San Juan Bautista.
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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!

11 km
3:15 h
324 m
330 m

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!

Author’s recommendation

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.

Highest point
704 m
Lowest point
465 m

Safety information

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.

Tips, hints and links

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.


Lavadero público

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. 



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Turn-by-turn directions

0.00 km – Starting with the front door of the church to your left walk STRAIGHT ON.

0.06 km – At the end of the street BEAR RIGHT down the large stone steps. Then continue downhill on Calle Peligros.

0.17 km – TURN RIGHT to cross the small bridge then immediately RIGHT AGAIN onto Calle San Antonio.

0.23 km – BEAR LEFT as the road now heads uphill and out of Alajar.

0.45 km – After passing the small white chapel and cemetery on your left continue STRAIGHT ON along the gravel vehicle track.

0.55 km – BEAR LEFT where the track splits then continue STRAIGHT ON downhill.

1.10 km – TURN LEFT at the end of the track to join the tarmac road.

1.40 km – TURN LEFT at the sign for ‘Los Madroneros’ then follow this concrete track the entire way to the village.

3.00 km – BEAR LEFT to continue on the track as you passing the white gate pillars. After 50m BEAR RIGHT along the walled path as you enter Los Madroneros.

3.10 km – TURN LEFT then STRAIGHT ON through the small square of this tiny village to follow the cobbled path between the houses.

3.20 km – TURN RIGHT to leave the village by a rough, stony path. Soon passing a wooden bench on your left.

3.80 km – After BEARING SHARP LEFT the trail now narrows and climbs steadily.

4.20 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON at the junction, following the sign for ‘Linares de la Sierra’.

4.50 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON, over a small stream, through the trees.

4.60 km – TURN LEFT following the narrow rocky path past an old stone barn.

5.00 km – BEAR RIGHT past the green gates marked ‘Maria Lozana’. The trail now heads downhill on a loose path with a wall on the right.

5.60 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON at the crossroads as the narrow track soon becomes a gully.

5.80 km – STRAIGHT ON again at the next junction, passing large Aloe Vera plants on your left.

6.00 km – TURN LEFT over the low stone bridge then follow the steep dirt track uphill.

6.10 km – Now entering Linares de la Sierra.

6.20 km – TURN LEFT at the large map/info board.

6.30 km – To leave the village TURN LEFT here at the top of the hill. But first take some time to explore Linares and enjoy some lunch near the church and Plaza de Toros.

6.40 km – Continue STRAIGHT ON, passing a map/info board for ‘Linares de la Sierra – Alajar’.

6.50 km – BEAR LEFT onto the dirt track just next to the cemetery.

7.20 km – BEAR RIGHT to continue on the track as it now climbs steadily uphill.

8.70 km – At the top of the track TURN LEFT to take the wooden steps before the tarmac road.

8.80 km – TURN RIGHT at the top of the steps then follow the concrete vehicle track downhill, parallel to the road.

10.30 km – TURN LEFT at the end of the track to join the road into Alajar. Follow this cobbled road directly back to the church.

11.00 km – Your walk finishes here, back at the front doors of the church.


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