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Etape 8: Zafra-Villafranca de los Barros (19.2 Km)
Zafra – Los Santos de Maimona: 0-4.1 km
Los Santos de Maimona – Sign Almazara Hostel: 4.1-12.3 (8.2 km)
Sign Almazara Hostel – Villafranca de los Barros: 12.3-19.2 (6.9 km)
We leave the hostel in Zafra via the Calle San Francisco until we reach a roundabout, where we continue straight on. On our right, we leave behind an ancient tower, la Torre de San Francisco, which is all that remains of the ancient monastery (photo 1 km 0.7). We continued along a concrete road (photo 2 km 2.7) which rises until we reach the to km 3.2 km point. At the top we will see a sign that indicates Albergue de los Santos de Maimona on the right. But if we decide to stay at this hostel we need to go into town to get the keys, continuing straight down the hill we we have ascended (photo 3 km 3.5).
The trail leads to the center of Los Santos de Maimona, to la Plaza España, where there is a Church called a Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de los Angeles (photo 4 km 4.1). Los Santos de Maimona is a village of 8,000 inhabitants in which we find all services.
Leaving los Santos de Maimona for the next village of Villafranca de los Barros, we travel about 15 km without seeing any habitation. A beautiful landscape of olive groves and vineyards, but with little shade for shelter (photos 5, 6 and 7).
When we are 7.5 km from Santos de Maimona, at 12.3 km stage, we find a sign that tells us that on the right is the Almazara Tourist Hostel (photo 8). If you prefer to continue straight on, in 7 km we will arrive at the town of Villafranca de los Barros.