Andalucia walking & local cuisine holiday

“Two wonderful weeks exploring Andalucia, using a tailor made itinerary and expert guide to walk through splendour & fill your boots to the brim en route. ”

Highlights

Seville | Expert local guide | Local markets | Andalucia walking trails | Aracena Hills | El Rocío | Doñana National Park | Jerez | Oryal Equestrian School | Bull farm | Grazalema Natural Park | Vejer de la Frontera | Barbate | Cadiz | Roman ruins at Baelo Claudia

Description of Andalucia walking & local cuisine holiday

Untouched Andalucian villages - - sherry and jamon - olive oil and fish - ancient farming techniques - incredible variety - meet the producers at source - local food - small inns and hotels - independent but with private guiding - horses and bulls

Explore the mountains and coast of rural Andalucia on a holiday which brings to life the extraordinary quality of produce in the region.

Stay in a personally selected collection of beautiful hotels, which all offer superb character and a wonderful welcome.

Your self drive trip allows you independence, punctuated by privately guided experiences to immerse you into the best flavours of the region.

Visit the only organic certified pig farm in the area and learn about the traditions behind this most iconic Spanish food.

Sample fresh local produce at source, from the world famous olive oils of the interior, to the lesser-known almadraba red tuna of the coast.

The holiday is recommended from February - June or September - November, although can be taken at any time. December and January are the wettest months, and July and August are extremely hot. Ideally this trip starts on a Thursday or a Saturday, although we can occasionally be more flexible.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Arrive in Seville and settle in to your beautiful hotel before an afternoon walking tour which ends with a tasting of - what else? - fresh tapas. (D)
Day 2:Flavours of Seville. Become a local today as you go to the local market with your guide-cook to buy some fresh products and learn how to cook like a Sevillano. This afternoon is free to visit some of the iconic Moorish legacy of Seville after the crowds have eased. (B,L)
Day 3:Travel up into the sierra. Collect your car to drive west up into the Aracena Hills. Today you meet the beautiful landscapes and people that produce the jewel of the Spanish products: jamon iberico, the finest Iberian ham. (B,L)
Day 4:Hike oak forests before heading south. Hike along ancient cobbled paths in the harvested forests of cork oaks and chestnut trees of Aracena before making your way south to El Rocío, gateway to the marshlands of Doñana. (B,D)
Day 5:Marshlands of Doñana. Meet your private guide this morning to explore Doñana National Park, recognised today as a globally important biodiversity hotspot due to its birdlife and endangered species. (B,D)
Day 6:Icons of Andalucia. The bulk of today is spent in Jerez, where you savour the essence of Andalucía, as you admire the skills of the horses and riders at the Oryal Equestrian School before visiting the monumental sherry wineries. (B)
Day 7:The bulls of Andalucia. A day of bulls and horses on the farm belonging to the powerful Domecq family in Arcos de la Frontera. They will introduce you to the world of bull farming and its links with Spanish culture and history. (B)
Day 8:Andalucia's liquid gold. Work up an appetite this morning with a guided walk in the hills of the Grazalema Natural Park before you discover the 'liquid gold', olive oil, and tasty cheeses so typical of the area. Once replete, head south to the enchanting town of Vejer de la Frontera. (B,L)
Day 9:Red tuna of Barbate. Your guide today knows all about the fishing culture of the nearby coastline and the variety of its resources, from the world class red tuna to the traditional fried fish. Meet the fishermen and sample their catch before walking it off along the cliffs of Barbate. (B,L)
Day 10:The coast of Cadiz. Explore the coast of Cadiz at your own pace today, from the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia to the fish market and tapas bars of Cadiz, known as the 'city of light' or Little Habana. (B)
Day 11:To Seville and home. End your foodie journey with the drive back to Seville to drop off your car and check-in for your flight home. Alternatively, extend your trip to take in some of central or eastern Andalucia. (B)

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

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This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Andalucia walking & local cuisine holiday

Environment

The accommodation offered on this holiday is all very comfortable, not luxurious but charming, characterful and each in a very different but striking location.
Over the course of the holiday you stay in a variety of locations, from the great city of Seville, to a village in the sierra, a remote hamlet in the 'wild west,' and a pretty coastal town. Each hotel reflects a different aspect of what makes this area special. Culture, people, food and landscape. In addition to this, the owners of each place are passionate about protecting the environment.

On the pig farm the concern for the environment focuses on low-impact living and being as self sufficient as possible. The owners live off their land as much as they can – milk, eggs and cheese come from their own chickens and goats. They also have their own organic allotment.

Your holiday takes in some of Andalucia's prettiest landscapes, and your visit will directly contribute to their protection. Certain traditional rural practices, such as management of the cork forests, are under some threat, and your visit will help support and maintain them, and their vital role as part of this unique ecosystem.

Community

We are passionate about all of the places we visit. To help preserve the integrity of these destinations, we work directly with local businesses and organisations to directly benefit local economies. We use small, locally owned hotels, inns and restaurants.

We work with local guides in order that our holidays are more interesting and authentic for clients and more beneficial locally from an economic point of view. By visiting the properties on this holiday, you are directly contributing to the economy of an area which is not wealthy. Carefully managed visits such as this to the region result in more sustainable and traditional employment in this rural area.

Throughout your trip you will be eating delicious food at source, but also meeting the people who produce it. These are people who've often been born to this food production, have done it all their lives, and do so with traditional methods that are as far removed from industrial, mass-processed food as can be.

All of the suppliers we work with in delivering this holiday receive a fair wage and are paid for services head of our clients travelling. Due to the hand-crafted nature of this holiday, we have built close working relationships with all of the suppliers, ensuring our clients receive an excellent welcome. The properties used are the best reflection of the local area, and they are integrated in the local communities.

We actively support the Spanish mountain conservation charity quebrantahuesos.

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