Seville, Sea and Sierra

Seville, Sea and Sierra information and booking

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$1660
  • Duration
    9 days
    Days
  • Group size
    4-12
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    introductory - moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 8 nights in small locally run 1-3 star hotels
Equipment Required
Sunscreen, walking boots, outer layer including rain jacket, day pack and sun hat – walking sticks are recommended. (A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • The soul of west Andalusia, from the Atlantic to the Guadalquivir and the Sierras of Huelva
  • Walking in four national parks: on the coast, river estuary and in the mountains
  • Three fantastic cities: Seville, Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera
  • Friendly hotels, bars and restaurants with delicious local dishes, including seafood and Iberian pork products
  • Visit a sherry bodega, be bewitched by the rhythms of Flamenco
  • Cross the Bay of Cadiz by boat and circle it on the train

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

A walking tour with a difference, including all the best scenery, history, traditions and gastronomy of western Andalusia. The sparkling Atlantic Ocean washes the golden sands of the Costa de la Luz with its dunes, salt-pans, traditional craft fishing and sea birds. Cadiz city, protected from attack on its peninsula, has controlled for 3000 years the seaways and the entry to the Guadalquivir, Andalusia's biggest river. Nearby is Jerez, renowned for its wines and its flamenco dance. The river is navigated by ships upstream to Seville: the capital of Andalusia, replete with the history of Iberians, Romans, Moors and Castilians, a producer of fine porcelain and the main home of Flamenco. A world away from the bustle of Seville is the Sierra de Aracena Natural Park, with cork-oak forests, raptors, Iberian pigs and traditional white villages, as well as a civilization dating back fifty centuries.

What's included

  • 8 breakfast, 7 lunches, 4 dinners (does not include drinks) - breakfasts are continental inclusive of bread or toast with butter and jam or grated fresh tomato and olive oil, tea or coffee. lunch on days 3 and 4 will be a set menu, starting with salad, gazpacho, hors d'oeuvres, soup, rice or pasta, followed by either a chicken, egg, red meat or fish dish and finishing with a dessert of fruit, crême caramel, etc; on two of the other days, lunch will be a picnic. the other main meals will be of 'raciones' (nothing to do with being rationed!): a choice of giant 'tapas' to pick from, 'andalusian style' (no formal courses or dessert). four meals are not included (usually the dinners of days 2, 4, 6 and 7). please note in spain dinners are generally served between 8:00pm to 9:30pm
  • 8 nights in small, locally run 1-3 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Transfers: on day 1 you should make your own way from seville airport or station, by bus or taxi, to our hotel in the city centre, arriving between 3pm and 7:30 pm. details are given in the pre-departure information. on day 9 our partner offers a free transfer from jerez to seville station and airport; you should not book any flight departing before 1:00pm nor train/bus departing before 11:30am.
  • Experienced walking guide
  • Entrance fees: sherry bodega, seville alcázar and cathedral, jerez alcázar, flamenco performance (in seville or jerez), and baelo claudia for non ec citizens. (almonaster mosque and the mudéjar churches of seville are free, as is baelo claudia for ec subjects)
  • Boat and train tickets jerez-cadiz-jerez
  • Luggage transfer and internal transfers where specified

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival at Seville, where we stay two nights; tapas evening
Meeting point in Seville: at our hotel in the old city centre (Barrio de Santa Cruz). Welcome tapas evening.
Day 2 Exploration of Seville, and flamenco evening
Exploration of Mudéjar Seville, as well as the Cathedral, Giralda and Arenal (old port area): the world's richest city in the 16th century. Flamenco evening (sometimes the flamenco evening may be in Jerez).
Day 3 Seville Royal Palace; Los Madroñeros walk (4hrs); arrival at Almonaster for two nights
Visit to the Real Alcázar [Seville royal palace], then we leave Seville for the ancient Sierra Morena mountains which separate Andalusia from Castile. The most interesting part of these is Sierra de Aracena Natural Park: we follow the Madroñeros walk, through forest and pretty hamlets. Arrival at the delightful village of Almonaster where we stay for two nights.
Day 4 San Cristobal walk (4hrs) and visit of Almonaster
The San Cristobal walk presents to us a different aspect of the Sierra de Aracena Natural Park, home of the Iberian black pig and of acorn liqueur. Visit of Almonaster la Real, which has some surprising and important historical buildings.
Day 5 Walk of the Dolmens (3.5hrs); transfer to Jerez, where we stay four nights
The route of the Dolmens: an exploration on foot of the hills of the Campiña of Huelva, whose copper deposits attracted settlers 5000 years ago. Transfer to Jerez, where we stay for four nights. Time to visit the Alcázar [castle-palace].
Day 6 Breakfast in the gardens of a ducal palace; visit a sherry bodega; Guadalquivir estuary walk (3hrs)
We breakfast in the gardens of the palace of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia, and follow this with a visit to a Sherry bodega [winery]. In the afternoon, we take a walk in the famous Doñana Natural Park, bordering the Guadalquivir estuary: ships passing on the river and (sometimes) cowboys on horseback rounding up their herds, as well as the salt-pans, home to numerous sea birds including flamingoes, stilts and spoonbills and hundreds of cangregos violonistas, curious crabs with one pincer much bigger than the other!
Day 7 Cadiz city by boat and train
Discovery of the rich history, original architecture and excellent fish cuisine of Cadiz. Journey from Jerez to Cadiz and return using the boat services across the Bay of Cadiz and the train line which borders the bay and gives an impression of the vast expanses of salt marsh it encloses.
Day 8 Visit Baelo Claudia; walking on the Bolonia dune and Barbate sea-cliffs (3-3.5hrs)
We visit an important archaeological site: the Roman town and fishing port of Baelo Claudia, in the beautiful Bolonia Bay on the Costa de la Luz (El Estrecho Natural Park). The visit is complemented by a walk on the impressive sand dune and another along the top of the sea-cliffs of the Breña de Barbate Natural Park.
Day 9 Transfer to Seville airport, trip concludes
Transfer to Seville station and airport where we shall arrive at 11:00am at the earliest.