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Flights

Castaño del Robledo can be reached from a number of airports in Andalucia and Portugal. The nearest and most convenient are...

    Seville Airport: - 1¼ hrs by roadClick to enlarge

  • Ryan Air (www.ryanair.com) Daily from Stansted plus 3 per week from Gatwick and twice weekly from Dublin.

  • EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) 4 flights per week from Gatwick.

  • British Airways (www.ba.com)
    Daily via Madrid from Heathrow & London City.

  • Iberia (www.iberia.com) Daily via Madrid from Heathrow.

    Beja Airport: - 1¼ hrs by road

  • The recent withdrawal of Sunvil's weekly charter service from Heathrow currently leaves Beja with no direct flights from the UK. We will keep you informed if this changes...

 

Other low cost destinations within easy reach of Castaño are:

 

      Faro Airport: - 2½ hrs by road

  • Monarch Air (www.flymonarch.com) Daily from Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and 5 weekly from Luton.

  • Ryan Air (www.ryanair.com) Daily flights from Stansted, Manchester and Dublin.  Also 6 weekly from Bristol and Liverpool; 5 weekly from East Midlands, Glasgow and Leeds/Bradford; 3 weekly from Birmingham, Bournemouth, Edinburgh and Knock West Ireland plus 2 weekly from Cork, Kerry and Derry.

  • EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) Daily flights from Gatwick, Luton, Liverpool, Southend, Bristol and Belfast.

  • Also 5 or 6 weekly flights from Newcastle and 2 or 3 from Glasgow.
  • British Airways (www.britishairways.com) Daily from Gatwick plus 3 per week from London City.

  • TAP Portugal (www.flytap.com) Daily from Heathrow.

  • Jet2 (www.jet2.com) Daily from Leeds/Bradford. Daily from Manchester though only 4 to 5 times per week outside the summer months, plus 5 or 6 times weekly from Newcastle. Also 4 times weekly from Blackpool, East Midlands, Edinburgh and Glasgow plus weekly from Belfast.

  • BMI Baby (www.bmibaby.com) Daily from East Midlands plus 2 or 3 times weekly from Birmingham and Belfast.

  • Flybe (www.flybe.com) 3 per week from Exeter, Southampton, Glasgow and Edinburgh and 2 or 3 from Newcastle, Belfast, Dublin, Guernsey and Jersey. Also 1 or 2 per week from Aberdeen and Manchester.

  • Aer Lingus (www.aerlingus.com) Daily from Dublin and Belfast plus 6 times a week from Cork.

  • Thomson Holidays (www.flights.thomson.co.uk) Twice weekly from Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Doncaster/Sheffield, plus weekly from East Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, Stansted and Newcastle.

  • Thomas Cook (www.flythomascook.com)Weekly flights duringMay to October from Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Gatwick, Manchester and Newcastle. Gatwick flights are twice weekly from June to August.

 

      Jerez Airport: - 2½ hrs by road

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    Malaga Airport: - 3½ hrs by road

    With the exception of TAP, all the above airlines listed as flying to Faro also have cheaper and more frequent flights to Malaga.  From Malaga there are excellent rail and bus links to Seville. see below...

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Trains

For those coming from Madrid the AVE high speed train link (National Rail Network) has 20 departures per day to Seville (16 on Sat & Sun). Incredibly, the journey takes just 2½ hrs though it costs around 83. Other trains are cheaper but take longer.


Directions

The following gives you detailed directions on how to get here, both by car and by public transport...

From Seville:

By car; driving time - 1¼ hrs

From the airport join the A4 motorway in the direction "Sevilla".  At the next junction after 2km leave the motorway following the blue motorway signs to 'Merida A-66'.  You'll follow a ring road (SE-20) round the city.  There are several roundabouts on this ring road but keep following signs for "Merida A-66" or "todas direcciones".  After around 10km from the airport and at the 5th roundabout, you'll see the large brown "Stadio Olympico" on your left.  At this roundabout, following the "Merida A-66" signs will bring you up an on-ramp onto the SE-30 - the main city ring-road.  This takes you straight out across the Guadalquivir river and after almost 2km you should turn-off right onto the beginning of the A-66 heading in the direction of Merida.

Continue northwards away from Seville on the A-66 for 27km.  The 6th exit after leaving the SE-30 is the one numbered 782 (motorway junctions in Spain are numbered according to their distance in kms from the start!).  Turn off at this junction - it's signed N-433 to Aracena and Portugal.  (NB. It's 11kms to the next motorway exit so best not miss this one!) Once off the exit ramp you'll come around two roundabouts before branching right onto the N-433 - keep following the signs for Aracena and Portugal. This road heads NW and is marked with kilometre posts all the way to the Portuguese border.  Some 50km from the motorway at km post 86 the road by-passes Aracena. Keep following signs for Portugal and in another 10 mins, just after km 96, you turn off left on a small road signed to "Fuenteheridos" and "Peña de Arias Montano". Driving up this road you ignore a turn off right after 600m and, after a further 400m, you'll come to a roundabout. Continue straight ahead at this roundabout and after a further 5kms you'll arrive in our village.  Just after the zebra crossing is the main turn-off left into the village proper. After 200m and a couple of quite tight turns you'll emerge out at a junction of small streets called "Trinidad".  The Posada del Castaño is  slightly uphill 25m straight ahead on the right.  Number 33 - you've arrived.  Welcome!

By public transport

  • From Seville city:
    Buses from Seville to Fuenteheridos (4½ kms from Castaño del Robledo) depart twice daily from the Plaza de Armas bus station in the city. These are modern, air conditioned coaches with plenty baggage space beneath.
    Departure times: 0900 & 1600 daily plus 1900 on Fridays -  check the Movelia website.
    Cost: around 7.25
    Journey time: Just under 1¾ hrs
    From Seville you should try calling ahead to the Posada (959 465502 or 620 109331) so we can pick you up or at least arrange a taxi from Fuenteheridos to here.

  • From Seville airport:
    Taxis from airport to city cost around 29. They take about 20 mins to Plaza de Armas bus station - more at rush hour. If you can't depart the airport before 3.30pm there is little chance you'll get to this station in time for the last bus to Fuenteheridos - except on Fridays.  In that case you can…
    • Take a taxi to Castaño del Robledo. These cost over 100 for up to four people and take about 1¼hrs. Alternatively with some advance warning we can pick you up for just 85. 
    • Take a bus/taxi into Seville and spend a night in a hotel before coming to Castaño the next day. Posada del Castaño can make hotel reservations in Seville if you give some advance warning.

    Airport buses to the city terminate outside the 'Prado San Sebastian' bus station.  Unfortunately buses to Aracena and Fuenteheridos leave from 'Plaza de Armas' bus station so you have to take a taxi, another bus or walk between the stations. Taxis cost 5 to 7 euros depending on the time of day.  If you're up for it though, the walk takes you directly through the historic centre of Seville.  Non-stop it should take a ½hr but you may have to allow much more!  Airport bus departures times are found on the Seville Urban Transport website. Avenida del Cid is next to the Prado San Sebastian bus station in the city centre. Airport buses cost 2.40 and the journey takes about 30 mins.


From Faro (and Huelva):

By car; driving time - 2½ hrs

On leaving the airport by car you'll come first to a large roundabout (with giant sculpted figures staring up to the sky.  Take the first exit marked "Faro" on the N125-10.  After nearly 5km your road crosses over the main N125 with signs indicating Faro city.  Ignore the turnoff continuing another 2km to join the N2 for which you must take the exit ramp signed to "Sao Bras" and motorway "IP1".  From the exit ramp, turn right onto the N2 and follow it northwards away from Faro city for 7km until you come to the E1 motorway.  Join this motorway heading east in the direction signed "Espanha".  (NB.  "IP1", "A-22" & "E1" are all national and international designations for this same motorway!) After 61 kms of motorway you cross into Spain via a modern suspension bridge (there are no border formalities). Keep on the motorway in the direction of Huelva. A further 54 kms brings you to the turn-off for the city of Huelva which you ignore, keeping on in direction Seville for a further 4 kms until the town of San Juan del Puerto (recognisable by the huge smoke stack of a pulp mill on the right hand side). Come off the motorway here at junction 75 (just past the pulp mill) - it's signed "San Juan del Puerto" and "Trigueros". The sharply curved slip road comes up to a T-junction with the N435. Turn right here in the direction marked "Badajoz".

The N435 is marked with kilometre posts all the way from Badajoz. Follow it north for just over 90 kms until, just a few hundred metres after kilometre post 134, there is a turning on the right hand side signposted to Castaño del Robledo. Turn along here for 3½ kms to the village. Ignore the first turning into the village on the right hand side and instead continue a further 300m and turn right into the village just before the zebra crossing.  After 200m and a couple of quite tight turns you'll emerge out at a junction of small streets called "Trinidad".  The Posada del Castaño is  slightly uphill 25m straight ahead on the right.  Number 33 - you've arrived.  Welcome!

By public transport
The only convenient way to get to Castaño del Robledo by public transport from Faro airport is to catch the international bus from downtown Faro to the Spanish city of Huelva and change there for a bus or train to Jabugo.  We can pick you up for the last 7km from Jabugo, or you can take a taxi.

Don't forget we can come to Faro to meet your flight and take you directly to the Posada del Castaño. Taxis cost around €250 for the 214km trip but we can do it for €185. We use an air-conditioned estate car (station wagon) which comfortably seats four passengers and there's plenty room for everyone’s luggage.

Unfortunately there are few good connections for this route and any require that you leave Faro quite early  Here's the information you'll need to put your itinerary together.

  • Airport to downtown Faro; see Faro airport bus timetable.   Once in Faro, the main bus station is just 400m from the train station. The bus journey from the airport takes 20 mins and costs €1.90 payable to the driver.  Also, taxis from the airport cost roughly 10 and takes about 15 mins.
  • Faro to Huelva; see the Eva Bus Company website for the latest schedules and prices.
  • Huelva to Jabugo (or Aracena); see the Movelia website for the latest times and prices.
  • Jabugo (or Aracena) to Castaño; Call ahead to the Posada (959 465502 or 620 109331) so we can pick you up or at least arrange a taxi if we are not available.

Train to Jabugo; An alternative to the bus is the twice daily train from Huelva to Jabugo/Galaroza.  This is really one for railway enthusiasts - a rural branch line that climbs up into the Sierra from Huelva. The line is generally far from any roads and the train stops in some of the most remote villages in the province. Nevertheless, this can be a rewarding journey for the intrepid traveller. For current schedules see National Rail Network website. Basically there are two trains a day (tho' only one on Sat).  However, on all but the longest days of the year the 1900 train makes the trip mostly in darkness.  The earlier train leaves Huelva at 14.00 on weekdays and 09.50 on Sat & Sun. The trip takes 2 hrs and costs 8.65 euros. Please also note the train station in Huelva is 1 km from the bus station!


From Malaga & Jerez:

Whether coming by car or public transport from Malaga or Jerez,  you will have to go via Seville to reach Castaño del Robledo. Here is some information to help you reach Seville by public transport from your chosen arrival point.  From Seville follow the directions above.

For trains from Jerez or Malaga to Seville see: National Rail Network website.

For buses from Malaga or Jerez to Seville see: Movelia

For Malaga airport bus schedules see: Empresa Malagueña de Transportes.(choose option two then use the drop down menu to select bus route 75 then click on "consulta")

For train schedules from Malaga airport see: Malaga city trains

 


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