EXCURSIONS COSTA DE LA LUZ
JEREZ WITH HORSE RIDING SCHOOL
Jerez de la Frontera has the distinction of being internationally
famous as the home and source of sherry. During a detailed
guided tour of one of the leading wine cellars, the blending
process which is responsible for the continuing perfection of
quality sherry wine will be explained.
Afterwards, a tasting of different types of
sherry will be offered in the unique
atmosphere of the bodega. The excursion will continue with a visit to the
show of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. The Spanish-
Andalusian horses are known worldwide for being pure breed with
incredible grace, speed, stamina and, above all, beauty.
JEREZ WITH HORSE BREEDING FARM
The Dehesa de la Fuente del Suero is a symbolic location that
houses the world`s most important stock of Cartujano horses, namely
the Yeguada de la Cartuja – Hierro del Bocado. This is a stud farm
with over 200 heads of Spanish thoroughbreds. The Spanish-
Andalusian horses are a pure breed with incredible grace, speed,
stamina and beauty. After a guided tour through the installations
where you get “in touch” with these beautiful animals, a unique show
of colts and mares takes place at the indoor paddock where the onlooker can observe the
elegance and power of the horses. Afterwards drive to one of the
leading wine cellars of Jerez. During a detailed guided tour the blending
process which is responsible for the continuing perfection of quality
sherry wine will be explained. Afterwards, a tasting of different types of
sherry will be offered in the unique atmosphere of the bodega.
Afterwards, the alcazar, the Moorish fortress from the 11th century will
be visited with its well maintained Arab Thermal baths.
Drive along the marvelous coastline to “Little Great Britain”, the most
famous rock of the whole continent, which is rising more than 1200 ft
out of the sea. You will visit the incomparable St. Michael’s caves as
well as the most southern viewpoint of Europe.
From there you will be able to see two continents
at once, which are separated by two seas, the
Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
Afterwards there will be a stop to meet the Gib-monkeys, the very first
residents of Gibraltar. The legend says that Gibraltar will remain British
as long as the monkeys stay on the rock. Spare time for tax-free-
shopping is included. The excursion can be combined with a dolphin-watching tour.
The aim of this excursion is the North of Morocco. Crossing the Strait
of Gibraltar from Tarifa harbour you will arrive in Tangier in only 35
minutes. The local guide will take over the group and show during a
sightseeing tour the former European Quarter, which was founded
when Tangier was still ruled by international sovereignty. On the way
to the Cape of Spartell you will pass by the Royal palaces, hidden
behind hills. Afterwards, during a walking
tour, you will discover the “Kasbah” and the “Medina”, the fortress
and old town of Tangier. While you are passing through narrow alleys
you will see typical bakeries and small workshops. You will stop to
have lunch at a traditional restaurant to taste the Moorish cuisine.
After lunch you will visit a bazaar where you will have the opportunity
to buy some souvenirs before returning to Europe.
The drive to Seville, the beautiful capital of Andalucia, will take you
along the highway through vineyards, cotton fields and olive
groves. Upon arrival the local guide will show you the Cathedral of
Seville, built in the 15th century and considered as the 3rd largest in
the world. La Giralda, an imposing 322-foot tower was formerly a
Moorish-style minaret from a mosque that once stood on this site
and, nowadays, is the landmark of the city. Next to the Cathedral is
the Alcazar, a 14th century fortress-palace built in the Moorish style
by a Christian King, Peter the Cruel. The marvellous architecture, intricate decorations,
fragrant gardens and sparkling fountains are sure to make your visit memorable. Afterwards,
you will see the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter, with its labyrinth of narrow
streets, with wrought-iron-grilled windows, white washed buildings and hidden tiled patios.
The guide will show you the nicest places
during a panoramic tour which includes Plaza
de America, Plaza de España and Parque
This excursion leads you along the coast from Conil towards
Zahara de los Atunes, passing by the Cape Trafalgar and one of
the most beautiful pine forests of the whole province. The relaxing
walking-tour takes approximately 1 ½ hours starting in Atlanterra
and taking you to the still virgin landscape
of Cape Camarinal. You will recognise the
rich and various vegetative areas and the
excursion offers marvellous views towards the Sierra de la Plata and
the sea, and with a little luck also the coast of Morocco. The tour ends
in the Bahía de Bolonia, where you will visit the ruins of the former
Roman town Baelo-Claudia.
VEJER DE LA FRONTERA (Half day)
The old Moorish town of Vejer overlooks, from
the top of a hill, the river Barbate and has been
prized as the most beautiful white-washed village
of Spain. The old quarter is very well-maintained,
and its Moorish city wall, towers, pinnacles and
portals it are classified as historical monuments
and invites the visitor to spend time and enjoy a
while. The guide will show you the nicest places during a walking-tour.
ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA (Half day)
Arcos de la Frontera is set on a hill with the Guadalete River flowing at
its base. The old fortress town of Arcos is one of the most beautiful
Moorish settlements in all Spain. During a walk through the town, that
starts at the bottom of the hill and leads you through narrow streets up
to the top of the hill, you will be able to get a glimpse of the life beyond
tourism. As a reward for the exhausting walk uphill you will get
amazing views towards the canyon and the whole landscape. The
church Santa Maria, situated at the main square of the village, is an
unique blend of Romanesque, Gothic and Mudejar architecture. See the extravagant choir
stalls and altarpiece. A small museum displays the churches treasures. Stop at the beautiful
Parador Casa del Corregidor. Built in the 1700’s, this restored palace in the heart of the old
quarter was the palace and government seat of the king’s magistrate in Arcos. Enjoy
refreshment before returning to the hotel.
NATIONAL PARK COTO DOÑANA
The Parque Nacional de Doñana is the delta of the Guadalquivir river
and the biggest national Park in Spain. The excursion starts with the
drive along the Bay of Cádiz to Sanlúcar, the entrance door of the
park. The entrances are strictly controlled. The guide takes you with
small motor launches across the river. Jeeps with a capacity of 20
seats are waiting there to take you on a safari that lasts 2½ hours.
What you see at Doñana depends on the
time of the year and the luck of the draw. There is no end to the life
cycle of this wilderness where approximately 125 species of birds
are known to breed, as well as 28 mammal species, 17 reptiles,
nine different amphibians and eight species of fish. The park as a
whole comprises three distinct kinds of ecosystems: the marshland,
the scrubland and the dunes. One thing is guaranteed – that is that
no two visits will be alike.
The Strait of Gibraltar is the only connection between the Atlantic
Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea and one of the most used
waterways of the world. At the same time, it is home
for seven different species of whales. Some of them
live there throughout the whole year, others come
during certain seasons. The navigation through the
Strait of Gibraltar, a real paradise for these
cetaceous, will allow the clients to see a large number of these animals at a
very close distance from the boat.
SPANISH NIGHT (EVENING EXCURSION)
The excursion starts after
dinner with a 10 minutes drive
to the ranch “El Sotillo”. The
clients will be welcome with a
glass of sherry and the chorus “Coro Rociero” with their traditional costumes who will put the
clients into the proper mood of a typical folkloristic evening. Afterwards you will see a
flamenco show in the bull ring accompanied by pure breed Andalusian horses that will show
their “dancing skills”. In continuation the skills of a young bull will be tested without any blood-
shed, this procedure is called “Tienta”. The program will be continued with an original flamenco
show. The clients are invited to learn some steps and movements of Flamenco and Sevillana.
Return to the hotel will be at around midnight.
HACIENDA FUENTE REY
The ranch “Fuente Rey” is a 19th century
farmhouse with approximately 1300 heads of
brave cattle. It belongs to the famous
bullfighting-dynasty Fermin Bohorquez who
breeds besides bulls also pure breed Spanish
horses. The clients will visit bulls at grass
within an open trailer that is leaded by a
tractor. They have the unique opportunity to make pictures of these impressive animals at a
very close distance. After this exciting tour a visit to the stables is made to admire the
thoroughbred Spanish horses as well as the private museum.
CADIZ SIGHTSEEING AND SHOPPING Cadiz can lay claim to being Europe’s oldest city.
Legend names Hercules as its founder, although history credits the
Phoenicians about 3000 years ago. Modern Cádiz is a busy port with an
historic centre consisting of haphazardly heaped, Moorish-style houses.
Your guide will take you through the old town, where flowers sprout from
rusting cans mounted on walls beside religious paintings. In the Plaza de
España you will see a fine monument to the first Spanish constitution of
1812. The tour will pass by the Town hall in the Plaza de San Juan de
Dios. Then on to the 18th century baroque and neo-classical Cathedral. It has a dome of
yellow tiles, which forms the chief landmark of the city. Afterwards, you will have spare time for
THE WHITE VILLAGES "PUEBLOS BLANCOS"
Drive through the fascinating and rugged mountainous country of the
province of Cádiz surrounded by lakes and abandoned valleys within
a picturesque environment. This is where you find the white villages
with their very old traditions and behaviours. The first stop will be in
the historic old quarter of Arcos de la Frontera. Afterwards the
excursion will go on until Grazalema with spare time for lunch. After
lunch you will get to know Ubrique, the capital of leather, with
another spare time for shopping before you return to the hotel.
RONDA This romantic mountainous town is known as the cave of bullfight and
flamenco. Famous personalities like Ernest Hemmingway and Orson Welles
were fascinated by this cute little town that is situated like
an eyrie above on the top of a hill. Your local guide will
show you the old quarter and the most important
monuments of the town, like for example an old
Andalusian Patrician house with its well-maintained
garden with spectacular views to “El Tajo” the 160m deep canyon
which is part of Ronda. Afterwards you will have spare time before you
return to the hotel.
The drive will take you along the highway through olive groves to
Cordoba, the city of caliphs. Christians, Jews and Moorish people
were living in Cordoba during lots of centuries in peace and
harmony. The first universities of the whole western world were
founded in Cordoba in the 10th century, and, compared with other
cities, Cordoba counted with street lighting and paved streets
many centuries before e.g. London and Paris. You will visit among
other monuments the famous “Mezquita”, the most powerful
Moorish building all over Europe as well the former Jewish quarter with its synagogue.
A trip through the marvellous and rich countryside using 2nd class
roads and with breaks in the white villages of Medina Sidonia and Vejer
de la Frontera. Lunch can be served at a country restaurant near Vejer.
Drive back along the coast road from Cape Trafalgar to Novo Sancti
Petri passing by Conil de la Frontera..