Andalusia-(Aracena)

Outdoors life is luxury when you have the option to escape, all year round, to sunny warm south Spain for outdoors activites, good regional food and wine, cultural experience, fabolous mountains and come back home with a new state of mind!

Your nature surroundings are in Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche. Huelva -South Andalucia

It is nice to know that Aracena and surroundings still keep nowadays their tradition of producing hand crafted and organic products
Honey, chestnut marmalade and confectionary, all hand crafted in the Sierra de Aracena is done by Rufino. A good way to contribute small local business with sustainable travel

 

 

 

 

Day 1 .

Picked up by private driver you are taken to Aracena. Check in at Hotel
Inmediately after  you will make a historical and cultural walking visit of the streets of Aracena. The best place to visit for its splendid panoramiv views over the town and surrouding countryside is the Castillo (castle)     

  • Tour of the Old Town, with its ancient  monuments and winding streets.
  • Arrival at the Medieval Square and view of the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption.
  • Visit to  the Visitors Center of the  Cabildo Viejo  Natural Park
  • Ascent to El Cerro del Castillo; visit Nuestra Señora de los Dolores Church

Lunch at Aracena and then visit the Cave of Wonders. ( Cueva de las Maravillas )
The vast expanse of lakes, the abundance and variety of formations, and the length of its development make this underground complex set of great beauty and magnificence.

Around 17:00hrs when the Andalusian light is at its best for hiking  you are driven to start your Pure Nature Route ” THE BARQUERA FOOTPATH ” .

One of its main features is that this road is called “vertebra” because it connects with other footpaths in  the Sierra.
During the itinerary you can see different types of vegetation and the exploitation of its natural resources. Among them: grazing fields, chestnut groves, olive groves and riverbank forest. It is worth mentioning the importance of mycology in this area due to its diversity.
The dividing dry-stone walls that limit private estates also give shelter to domestic livestock.
Scenic back-roads of pasture farms, Iberian pigs, domestic  goats  and night life  birds that use hollow chestnut trunks for nesting.

Features of the path
Route: Linear / Length: 5 km / Estimated time : 2 hours / Difficulty: Easy / Type of path: Public footpath and livestock dirt track.

19:30  Back to hotel . Free time

Day 2

After breakfast you depart to visit a family owned farm where you will walk around their goat farm, and other domestic livestock. Listen and  see  how the production of the best artisan cheeses in Sierra de Aracena is made. This farm holds a known quality award .

Be a cheese maker!  You will make your own artisan cheese ( take it back home and share your moment)

Enjoy being outdoors! Aperitif time with some local wine, cured Iberian ham and cheese tasting in the Andalusian countryside.
Feel the pleasure of your own time…..walk around the farm and get ready for Lunch on the farm. Very authentic!

You will back to Aracena town around 17:00
Free afternoon and night. Michi Moments local guide will suggest you some places for dining or visiting

Day 3 .

You leave the hotel at 09:00 for a bike  ride  through  the  centenarian chestnut groves of the Natural Park.
While cycling you will stop around 12.30 to see how the cure and mature process of Spanish ham is made. This can be made in different types of drying sheds, artificail and natural. You will visit a natural ham making company.
Cultural and Gastronomic tour of the facilities of a company devoted to the production of Pata Negra ham and Iberian pork sausages.
Ham tasting  and sausages on the site. A gourmet treat!

14.00  Lunch and free afternoon. Get ready for your next outdoors activity Horse Ride along  Barquera  mountains, source  and Odiel River.

You will be back to the hotel aproximately at 19:30
Free time for your own disposition

Accommodation Luxury Boutique Hotel  **** or similar

 

 

 

Available all year-around upon request

Private tour from 1 to 20 people

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