Andalucía (I) – Sierra de Aracena

Almonaster la Real

We just came back from our holidays in Spain and had a blast. We wanted to take it easy, sod so we went to Andalucía, in the south of Spain.

Driving from Madrid, our first stop was a picnic in El Real de la Jara, by the river. We then arrived to our accommodation at Finca La Fronda in Alájar. We can’t thank the Wordsworth family enough for treating us like kings during our stay!

We had a lovely time there and the hotel was the perfect place from which to explore the Sierra. We visited Linares de la Sierra,Aracena  and its Gruta de las Maravillas (a cave), a ham factory (jamones Eíriz) in Corteconcepción,Almonaster la Real and Alájar.

We mostly ate at the hotel, but we tried Jesús Carrión restaurant in Aracena (delicious and big portions). We were told Los Arrieros in Linares de la Sierra was excellent too but unfortunately it was closed at that time. In addition to that, we brought goat cheese and honey from the area.

What we really liked about Sierra de Aracena is that it seemed we were on our own as there were barely tourists. It was the perfect getaway!

On our way to Tarifa (see the second post of this trip here), we stopped in Sevilla to meet with a friend. She took us to a few places: Bar Alfalfa, Bodega Santa Cruz and the rooftop at hotel Doña María. I hadn’t been there for many years and I loved it. I hope we’ll visit Sevilla again soon!

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