Cycling, long-haul voyages
The Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park consists of several long-distance trails called GR, that can be tackled in different ways. In self-sufficient cycling, you will load in your saddlebags all the necessary material to survive until completing the journey. You can also choose to make your trip with light saddlebags. Services such as accommodation, Meals or maintenance of the bicycle will be found in the towns through which you travel. There is also the alternative of taking a trip organized by a company (in the Natural Park you can find several), in such a way that you do not have to carry luggage and a support car can solve possible incidents.
On Route. Road cycling
The wide network of secondary roads that connect the municipalities of the Sierra region, make it a perfect destination for you to practice road cycling. These types of roads are usually in a very good state of conservation and are generally not very busy so they have little traffic.. The different slopes offered by the terrain allow you to travel routes with mountain passes of different difficulties, making them very attractive for lovers of this modality. Without forgetting of course, the beauty of the landscape of the places through which they pass. All these conditions make the Sierra the perfect destination to host cycling teams during their training sessions and preseason..
BTT routes (Mountain Bike) for all
In the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park you will find more than 700 km of trails with different levels of difficulty. You will find numerous accessible paths where you can spend a day of family cycling or just do a little sport. For example, There are terrain without complications to start in Cross Country, but also a sharp orography with descents, jumps, quarries or banks to practice the Trail Mountain, more demanding. Even enduro, in which pedaling is a mere procedure to reach complicated roads to travel at full speed, you will find your regular practitioner here.
Family routes: enjoy the four seasons
With a moderate climate of mild winters and short summers, Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche is a unique destination for cyclists at any time of the year. Walking the paths that surround the chestnut forests in autumn is a unique spectacle of color, also at this time nature offers you its seasonal fruits such as chestnuts, acorns, strawberry trees or an astonishing variety of mushrooms for which the Sierra is considered one of the most important zones of mythological wealth in Europe.
BICYCLE ROUTES THROUGH ARACENA
Cordel de las Buervas (GR 41)
The Cordel de las Buervas path crosses the Sierra Norte de Huelva from northwest to southeast. Some sections run on roads, since some old roads have been paved. This route in the province of Huelva runs 88 km through the municipalities of Encinasola, Summits of San Bartolomé, La Nava, Valdelarco, Cortelazor, Aracena, Corteconcepción and Zufre.
Cañada Real Leonesa Occidental (GR 42)
This route runs through the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park from the south to the northeast. It runs from Aroche to the border with Extremadura. It has a total length of 56 kilometres, that are usually covered in three stages through the municipalities of Aroche, Summits of En medio and Segura de León (Badajoz). It is a livestock route in an environment of gentle slopes and beautiful landscapes with holm oaks.
Land of Discovery (GR 46)
This trail runs along paths in the mountains that traditionally linked towns and villages in the area. During most of the route, it passes through areas of pasture with Mediterranean scrub and areas of small orchards intended for family consumption..
Sierra Morena Trail (GR 48)
Route of 600 km that crosses all Andalusia by 30 municipalities and natural spaces. Its section in the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche begins in the town of Encinasola and ends in Santa Olalla del Cala. During your tour we will enter between jarales, riparian forests, olive groves and meadows, we will cross crystalline riverbeds and old causeways, we will observe towers and fortifications, we will see birds and find hydraulic mills and old disused mines.
Route that starts in Santa Olalla del Cala. Go through beautiful cattle pastures and old mines. On his rise, the landscape is transformed into forests of large chestnut trees, holm oaks and cork oaks, accompanied by exuberant riparian vegetation in its many streams. In Aroche, the landscape turns into pasture and, already immersed in the Picos, in pine forests dotted with other species such as those mentioned above or eucalyptus.
Ascent to Cerro San Cristóbal – Almonaster La Real
The Fountain of the King El Rebollar: Aracena and Corteconcepción
Path of the abyss – Arroyomolinos de León
We start our path on the left side of the church. We carry the creek of the abyss to our left. In this area there are several mills of Rodezno, today in ruins. We run through the ravine. We climbed until we reached an area of oaks. At the crossroads, we turn right. We continue to the Puerto de la Gila, where do we start to go down. We passed a cemetery. We enter the town through the back of the church, to the square from where we started.
Tres Encinas Route – Cala
Route of the Vados del Múrtiga – Castaño del Robledo and Galaroza
La Barquera and La Guijarra – Cortelazor la Real
Valdelama Route – Fuenteheridos
Route of Linares / Alájar – Linares de la Sierra and Alájar
Route of the Rivera de Santa Ana – Santa Ana la Real
Ribera de Jabugo Trail
This path connects Galaroza with Castaño del Robledo through an area fed by the Múrtiga River, which receives the name of Ribera de Jabugo. The great plant diversity makes this itinerary one of the most representative and spectacular in the Sierra de Aracena y Picos de Aroche Natural Park. The first section of the trail is shady and wet, what is reflected in the vegetal tapestry formed by ferns, poplars or willows. Once we got away from the river, the road is steep. We will be accompanied by cork oaks, holm oaks and some gall oaks. The slope softens as we approach Castaño del Robledo.
Aracena Trail - Linares de la Sierra
The Sierra de Aracena has the most extensive system of towns and villages in the entire Sierra Morena. They weave a network of roads that nurtures a historical and cultural value. This path between the mountain capital (Aracena) and Linares recalls landscapes of times past. Walk through the valley between orchards and holm oaks from whose acorns the Iberian pigs that give this land its renown feed.
Alájar Trail - Fuenteheridos
Between Santa Ana la Real and Linares de la Sierra is the town of Alájar where this simple route that reaches Fuenteheridos located to the north begins., although it can also be done in the opposite direction following the route that passes between a multitude of chestnut trees. Along the route you will find informative signs about the route and different trails that take you to other nearby towns.. The route begins on a street of Roman construction (Rosales Street) that you must follow to the end, where you will see the signposting of the trailhead, a path that will show us panoramic views of the valley. The trail is characterized by its first steep ascent and subsequent descent among wide vegetation.
Cortegana trail – The mills route
This route bears witness to the importance of the flour mills in Cortegana, built in the 15th century near rivers and streams. Has some 8 km of circular route that allow us to enjoy the beautiful vegetation of the Park. A lush gallery forest runs along the Las Carabañas stream. At the Posada de Cortegana we rest and have a snack before returning to town on the road to La Alameda (Ancient route between Ayamonte and Badajoz).
Fuenteheridos Trail - Cortelazor La Real
At the end of Puente Street we ascend to a rest area. We advance between walls along a Roman road until we reach a regional road. We descend through a dense forest of holm oaks and cork oaks until we reach a crossroads. We go down to the right, next to a stream. Finally, we ascend strongly before reaching the town of Cortelazor.
Las Murtiguillas Trail - Galaroza
This variant of the Cordel de las Buervas departs from the path to reach the cortijos de Las Murtiguillas. The route ascends and skirts the Piedra Búha by a Roman road to the Puerto de la Encina. We enter a thick jaral in the heart of the Sierra de Aracena, in the valley of the Múrtigas river. The vegetation consists mainly of holm oaks and olive trees. We arrived at Mount Júrala and Alto de la Mesa, where the María Luisa mine is located. We go south, passing near Valdegalaroza. We take a lane that goes into the shady area of Galaroza until we reach the town's cemetery.
Santa Eulalia - Alájar Trail
The route starts from Santa Eulalia –where Almonaster la Real celebrates its centennial pilgrimage–, on a road that connects it with the N - 435. We cross a large holm oak grove around which we find mountains crowned with eucalyptus, chestnut trees, alcornoques, pines ... The path leads to a plain along the Rivera de Santa Ana. We head north and look for a pass between the Pico and Giralda mountains. We continue the march along the Rivera de Alájar.
Cortelazor Trail – Bad puddle
The charming Charco Malo route has 5,5 km in length. It is an idyllic corner with no easy access, where water is the best example of its value as a source of life., with the Arroyo de la Guijarra watering its banks. The trail starts from Cortelazor la Real. We descend after a few 2 km, accompanied by an important forest mass of holm oaks, cork oaks and riparian vegetation. This tour is not suitable for young children, nor is it advisable to do it without shoes or suitable clothing.
Robledo Chestnut Trail – Bridge of the Casares
A cobbled path leads to the cemetery. A short plain between pines and cork oaks takes us into a scrubland area. We reach the edge of a steep drop. The road skirts the cemetery and goes up. We go right at a fork and descend along a stream into the valley. A deviation leads us to the Jets of Joyarancón, a spectacular waterfall of 50 m high. Finally, we reached the ravine of the Casares, whose route we continue until we reach the road between Alájar and Santa Ana la Real.
Aracena Trail – The Marines
The route begins with a gentle descent along a concrete track that takes us into a chestnut forest. The brown colors give way to the intense green of the holm oaks and cork oaks that feed the pigs that are seen along the road. We start a climb that leaves us at the gates of the Marines. We cross the N-433 in the direction of Chorrito, the highest place on the route. We contemplate the spectacular views of the mountains. We descend to the Manantial del Tío Cano. We discard the path that leads to Linares to start the hard climb to Aracena.
Los Madroñeros Trail
If we choose to travel this old road between Alájar and one of its many villages we will have the opportunity to get closer to knowing the landscapes and ways of life characteristic of these mountains, like the praised symbiosis between man and nature that occurs in the meadows or the scattered settlement of mountain villages, substantial values of the Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche Natural Park. The landscape takes us here into another dimension, as if history had stopped at some point when another economy ruled and coexisted under other cultural guidelines.
Levante Risco Trail
The trail begins in the vicinity of the Fuente de los Tres Caños, in the town of Santa Ana la Real. We approach the village of La Presa. The trail follows the stream, parallel to a forest, to the House of the Ribera. There, the road forks. On the right we cross beautiful meadows of cork oak and holm oak. To the left, we will pass through the Rivera de Santa Ana. The path ends a few meters after the steepest part of the route. The landscape opens towards the place known as Los Veneros.