Andalucía Foodie Adventure

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From the mountains to the coast, delicious fresh local produce and deeply traditional Andalucían villages come together on this relaxed journey through the flavours and landscapes of southern Spain.

11 day trip described, guide price £1,845pp i

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"Absolutely cracking"

"Absolutely cracking"

We had an absolutely cracking time from start to finish… We really enjoyed the food and had no hesitation in cracking on with olive oil, honey and home made pates and jams... The walking was challenging but not in a daunting way and we met wonderful people who know exactly how to do hospitality in a way you feel like you are with friends. Jean & Mark P

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Sample itinerary

Arrive in Sevilla

Arrive in Seville today and settle into your beautiful hotel. Head out later for an afternoon walking tour, ending with you sampling some of Seville's renowned tapas bars.

Cook like a Sevillano

Meet up with your chef-guide this morning to delve into the local market and source some fresh produce for your lunch. Near to the market is a space where you can set out your purchases and, with the help of your guide, cook up a delicious lunch just like the locals. This afternoon you might visit some of Seville's historic monuments, such as the Alcazar, which tend to draw fewer visitors later in the day.

Travel to the sierra

Collect your car this morning and set off for the Sierra de Aracena, and a traditional cork oak pig farm, where you can spend a couple of hours learning about the production of Spain's finest cured 'jamon.' Enjoy a feast of hams, chorizo and a variety of cheeses with Armando and Lola, the owners of the farm. Wash it all down with some local wine. This really is exceptional food and to eat it in the kitchen with the producer is a treat for any foodie.

Walk through cork forests

Before you turn south, take a circular walk through the cork oak forests today and into the Aracena hills. After lunch, drive to Rocio, on the edge of the Doñana National Park wetlands. This sleepy village is reminiscent of a Western set, and a lovely spot to fall asleep to the sounds of the nature around you.

National Park wildlife and sherry

Head into the park this morning with your guide to look for wildlife. The park is home to red deer and wild boar, eagles and the endangered Iberian Lynx, as well as being a favourite stop on the route of thousands of migratory birds including African flamingos. Continue later to Jerez, cradle of sherry, flamenco and Spain's best horses.

Royal horses and sherry bodega

This morning is spent at the Royal Equestrian School, where as well as entertaining visitors, future Olympic medal winners are bred and trained. This afternoon you enter the ancient bodegas of the Domecq family, the oldest winery in Jerez, for an insight into the production of this iconic tipple. Later drive the short distance to Arcos de la Frontera, a classic white-washed village in the hills.

Bulls and a forest walk

Spend more time with the Domecqs this morning in one of their other endeavours, the breeding of Torrestrella bulls, where Isabel Domecq will lead you through the farm. Make a stop in the Alcornocales National Park later for an easy stroll up through the forest to the Picacho Peak to look out for soaring vultures.

Guided hike and olive oil sampling

Meet your new guide this morning for a hike into the limestone hills of the Grazalema Natural Park, some of the prettiest scenery of the week. After you've worked up an appetite, return to the village for a tasting of local olive oils, as well as cheeses and wine. Later you can see the centuries-old olive press still in use before ending the day in the town of Vejer de la Frontera.

The fishermen of Barbate

Spend the bulk of the day with your local guide in Barbate, learning about the local fishing highlights such as red tuna, before enjoying some of the freshest catch for lunch. Walk off your lunch with a hike into the cliffs overlooking the coast before an optional dinner at El Campero, perhaps the best in the area for the red tuna.

Explore the Cadiz coast

Your final day is yours to explore the area. You might start with a visit to the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia, before spending some time in the historic streets of Cadiz. Watch the sun go down in 'Little Habana,' one of the oldest towns in Spain, before enjoying a final dinner in one of Vejer's outstanding restaurants.

Travel home

Return to Seville at a time to suit you today.

About this trip

Summary

From the mountains to the coast, delicious fresh local produce and deeply traditional Andalucían villages come together on this relaxed journey through the flavours and landscapes of southern Spain.

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Physical adventure

Whilst very much an active foodie adventure, the level of activity on this trip is fairly low with walking distances of just a few km. However, on most days you are outdoors and on your feet experiencing the towns and countryside on foot. For those who prefer a more physical adventure, there are opportunities for longer walks in Aracena and Alcornocales Natural Parks, but otherwise it's a moderate activity level, with hikes up to three hours.

This holiday is based around an excellent collection of very comfortable, even luxurious hotels, but most importantly we believe they offer character and variety, making your accommodation a key part of your holiday.

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Cultural adventure

This whole area is a living cultural experience thanks to the mix of cultures that have passed by, from the Phoenicians and Romans to the long lasting presence of the Moors and the Christian reconquest. And the gypsy culture is writ large all over this part of the country. All layers of this history are still visible today and form much of the basis of Spanish culture more generally.

This trip is full of iconic images such as the Islamic monuments and narrow streets of Seville, the hilltop whitewashed villages in the Sierra, the beauty and power of bulls and horses roaming free, the lively ambience of the Spanish people enjoying food and music in the streets... and of course the food. This is an all-around active cultural adventure.

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Practicalities

There is a detailed itinerary for this trip, please get in touch and we can email that to you. As a tailor made trip we would love to have time to talk to you in order to send the most appropriate proposal to you. The holiday can be adjusted in a number of ways, for example to include more time and opportunity for walking.

In order to confirm your holiday, we need to discuss dates with you as well as any additional arrangements you might like before checking in with all of the inns to make sure they have space. The holiday price includes first class accommodation, breakfast throughout and several other meals, It also includes car hire with personalised GPS system, privately guided excursions as described, walking notes, maps and local information.

The holiday starts and ends in Seville (airport code: SVQ). Air connections to the city are good, as are rail connections to Madrid and road connections to Malaga.

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