Try your hand at baking fish in salt or preparing freshly made gazpacho at a local cookery school in Vejer de la Frontera. Day classes and tapas/market tours available
Catch the turistic train from outside the tourist office. The journey lasts around an hour and is an excellent chance to visit the old and new parts of town without climbing the steep hills yourself!
A Acampo Abierto
Visit the estate of Alvaro Domecq and see how the horses and fighting bulls are bred in their natural habitat. A great morning out for all ages.
El Cortijo de Beatriz is ideally situated for lovers of different sports. The house is close to beaches which are paradise for windsurfers and kitesurfers, bicycles can be hired from nearby towns, the stables at the end of the road organises excursions on horseback, there are tennis clubs in the area and several excellent golf courses are within easy driving distance. Walkers, too, are well catered for with some well-planned hiking routes in the area.
Barbate fish market
Explore the market of this buzzing working town and buy fresh red tuna caught from the Atlantic, juicy prawns and a selection of organic fruit & veg. Finish off with a coffee and a pastry in the square outside.
Some great courses in the area and all available to non-members. Montenmedio Golf & Country Club and the Fairplay Golf & Spa at Benalup are just 15 mins away by car. Both have excellent facilities.
There is a well-known stables 5 mins down the road. You can book an hour’s ride or a daily trek through the beautiful Andalucian countryside.
Jerez de la Frontera
The home of flamenco, sherry, brandy and horses. Visit this elegant city where churches and palaces nest between orange trees. An impressive bull ring, boutique shops and traditional tapas bars.
Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Climb the Torre Tavira, stroll around the flower market, shop in the boutiques, sample the fried fish and tapas, visit the fresh food market, have a coffee in the Parador, walk out to one of the castles, relax on La Caleta beach.
This white hilltop town with a beautiful town hall square is famous for its coffee bars and cakes. It was also home to the Duke who led the Spanish Armada. Walk up the hill to the castle and church for unrivalled views across the Bay of Cadiz.
Visit one of the many flea markets in either Vejer, Barbate or Conil.
Drive or take the bus/train into the capital of Andalucia. Stroll along the river passing the impressive bull ring and Torre del Oro. Ride a horse and carriage around the Parque de Maria Luisa. Shop til you drop or relax in one of the many tapas bars with a cool drink.
Spend the day on a boat in the Straits of Gibraltar watching dolphins and whales close up.
Visit Local Wineries
There are 'bodegas' in Chiclana, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda as well as the famous ones of Jerez. Take a tour, learn how the sherry, brandy and vinegars are made, taste the different varieties and buy your favourites in the bodega shops. Some tours include tapas too.
A trip across the Bay
Cádiz city is easily reached by car or by train from San Fernando. Once there, explore the historic city centre and then cross the Bay of Cádiz by catamaran for one of El Puerto de Santa María's famous seafood lunches. The view of Cádiz's golden-domed cathedral from the top deck is absolutely stunning, so don't forget your camera!
The area around El Cortijo de Beatriz is renowned for its bird life and even those who have never been interested in ornithology before will be intrigued by the variety. Excursions can be organised with a local guide, you won't be disappointed.
Enjoy Europe's best beaches
Just a few kilometres from El Cortijo de Beatriz lie the stunning unspoiled beaches of this Atlantic coast, from tiny coves with rockpools to seemingly endless stretches of pine-fringed white sand. Further afield you can find the fantastic sand dunes at Bolonia, Tarifa and Zahara de los Atunes.
In recent years a number of fantastic restaurants have popped up in Vejer. All open for a leisurely lunch or romantic evening meal. Sample traditional tapas such as tortilla or jamon or fried sea anemone, cuttlefish meatballs and the famous fresh red tuna (seasonal). There is also a great Moroccan restaurant, French cuisine, numerous Italian restaurants and quirky wine bars.
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