A day of forestry trails and wonderful views over the mountains of the Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche Natural Park.
Head towards Cortelazor on paths running through quiet forests, taking your time to stop and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the beautiful wooded valleys. From the hamlet of Corterrangel cobbled trails (lined with wildflowers during the spring) will bring you to Cortelazor.
Arriving in this sleepy and little explored village gives you a taste of authentic rural life, as you perhaps enjoy some tapas at one of the quaint little bars lining the square.
NOTE: This walk either starts in Los Marines or Aracena, depending on where you are staying the night before. If you were staying in Finca Buenvino you will walk from there to the centre of Los Marines to start the walk. The total distance of the walk from Los Marines is 15km and from Aracena it is 19.3km
Dipping your legs in the river under the bridge, just before your final climb up to Cortelazor, is very refreshing on a hot day.
There are some short road sections at the beginning of this walk, take good care at crossings and remember to walk on left to face on coming traffic when there's no pavement.
The route is quite isolated in places and even though you're walking through woodland there isn't much in the way of shade so it can 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.
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
Aracena has a good selection of food stores and delis for you to stock up on supplies before your walk. Once in Cortelazor there are three restaurants and a small food store. Remember, as with all the small villages in this area, if you arrive during siesta time nowhere will be open.
Points of interest
Museo del Jamón
Famed and farmed in this region, the Iberian pig will be a common theme on your trip. Wether you're passing by a group of them foraging on farmland or enjoying a tapas of iberico jamon. A visit to the museum with give you an informative insight into what's involved in the daily life of the pig and the farmers that rear them. Consisting of seven rooms explaining the cycle from start to finish. It begins with the process of aging the Iberican pig, its life out at pasture, feeding, traditional and industrial slaughter, as well as curing. All this information is provided by audio-visuals as well as an informative guide to explain any queries that visitors may have.
Tours last 30 minutes and cost €3.50 per person.
Opening times: Monday-Sunday, 10:45-14:30hrs and 15:45-19:00hrs. Guided Tours take place at 11:30, 12:30, 13:30 and 16:00, 17:00, 18:00.
Paseo de la Sierra
An exhibition of ceramic murals lines the main street, Calle Isaac Peral, of Los Marines. Actiing as a border for the lovely botanical garens, each of the colourful murals represents a village or town in the Sierra. Take a look for a sneak preview of some of the beautiful places you'll be staying during this tour.