A tour that combines R&R on the beach with the flamenco-dancing and sherry-producing capital Jerez de la Frontera. The highlight of the tour is a stop in beautiful Sevilla.
Arrival in Jerez
The 1920's mansion sits on a palm-lined square in the old town of Jerez. There are countless bars, restaurants, shops and attractions in the immediate vicinity. The property is a listed landmark due to the building's outstanding architectural style and the famous architect who created it. Consequently, its conversion to boutique hotel was carried out with particular care. The heart of the house is still the Andalusian courtyard, where breakfast is served. The rooftop terrace is the perfect place to read or just relax and take a break from the rigours of sightseeing.
Most of the tourists who come to Jerez are interested in sampling the famous wine known as vino de Jerez, or sherry, which can be tasted and purchased in the numerous "bodegas" (wine cellars and shops). The city just north of Cádiz is also known for horse-breeding and flamenco dancing. These combined attributes are celebrated in a three-week autumn festival that takes place just after the grape harvest. Travelers merely looking for a pleasant place in Andalusia to take a stroll and enjoy a good meal will hit the mark here.
Rental car pick-up
Type: Opel Astra or similar
Pick-up location: Jerez, City/Downtown
The building is located on a baroque square among palm treesopposite a tower of the city wall, and some of its foundations date back to the10th Century. The new building of the 17th Century-style caliph house isinspired by the Moorish period, when Vejer was an important city of the Islamicempire. A large south facing sun terrace gives uninterrupted views over theMarismas Nature Park & the Sierras de Retin. Through corridors and innercourtyards you are lead to the rooms, which are all individually, comfortably andtastefully furnished. Air conditioning and coffee machine are a standard.
The 18th century mill stands on a hill outside of Ronda among olive trees. The views of Ronda and the Sierra landscape are unbeatable. Every room in the small luxury hotel has a private garden or patio, and many have a cosy fireplace.
The restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine from a daily menu featuring feshly prepared dishes. Umfulana will reserve a table upon request. Ronda is just a 10-minute drive away, although guests may be happy to relax in the swimming pool and otherwise keep doing nothingin accordance with the house motto.
The hotel near the cathedral in the vibrant Old Town represents an oasis of tranquility where guests can relax on the rooftop terrace with a pool and lounge chairs, or on one of the cool patios or in the spacious bedrooms. The service is excellent, as is the breakfast with a choice of buffet or à la carte orders. The interior is marked by fascinating contrasts: vivid colors, floral scents and a fountain in the courtyard reflect the urban surroundings, while natural materials like stone, clay and slate lend the estate a country touch. Bath robes and natural cosmetics are provided in the bathrooms.
Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Jerez
Rental car company: AVIS (Spain)
Type: Opel Astra or similar (Group C)
Air-conditioning, power steering, radio