Not everything is a beach in Cádiz in summer.
The alternatives for those fleeing the sun, sand and summer crowds are many.
One of them may be
, a more than valid option for both wine lovers and those interested in discovering beautiful corners and historical enclaves of the Andalusian province.
Marco de Jerez region
, which includes the municipalities of Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and El Puerto de Santa María, has become in recent years one of the most visited in Spain and Europe, in terms of tourism oenological is concerned.
The numerous proposals offered by the different wineries to enjoy their wines (under the PDO Vinos de Jerez and Manzanilla de Sanlúcar), together with other exclusive experiences, are a claim throughout the year, and also perfect for a getaway from summer, to rest a day at the beach or when the Levante blows.
Here are six wine tourism plans to fully enjoy this fashionable region, with the help of the Regulatory Council of Wines and Vinegars of Jerez and La Manzanilla.
On horseback through the Jerez countryside
The bucolic landscape of the Jerez countryside between the
Finca Alcantara Ecuestre
and the Finca Salto al Cielo (about 15 km outside Jerez) can be enjoyed with a guided ride on the back of a Carthusian horse.
The four-hour excursion begins at Alcantara Ecuestre and travels through lands that have seen the best Jerez wines born.
Later, in the emblematic
Finca Salto al Cielo
you can see a historic chapel with a circular structure and an old bullring, walking among cattle.
The excursion ends with a visit to the Conde de Peraleja winery, with a tasting of Sherry wines accompanied by typical tapas from the region.
: 300 euros / person.
Sunset in Doñana.
Manzanilla and Doñana
It is undoubtedly a tandem that will make everyone who visits one of the most important natural parks in Europe fall in love.
In this experience, the Doñana National Park is traveled by minibus.
After discovering its ecosystems, the return to Sanlúcar is done by boat on the Guadalquivir in a replica of the Real Fernando, the original ferry boat.
The day ends with a visit to a Sanlúcar winery, where you will learn about the secrets of Manzanilla, the
that is born by the sea, and you will taste some wines accompanied by typical tapas of the place.
Price: 75 euros / person.
Breakfast among vineyards and aperitif in a winery
Another proposal to enjoy the Jerez countryside and its vineyards is to do it with a country breakfast with local products in this incomparable setting. Specifically in
the El Majuelo vineyard
. At 10 am, with the help of an expert guide, the vineyard is toured to learn about the viticulture work from its first shoots and before the grape reaches the winery. Afterward, expect an energetic country breakfast with local produce. To end the day of about three and a half hours, a visit is made to the
Fundador Pedro Domecq
(bicentennial), to discover its history and the tradition of its production processes and taste its wines and brandies.
: 50 euros. Reservations here.
Castillo de Macharnudo, in the payment of El Majuelo, from Bodegas Fundador.
Jerez and Picasso
Combination of art and wine on this excursion to two institutions considered wineries-museums, due to the treasures they house.
The experience includes a guided visit to the
, which houses an art gallery with a collection of Spanish painting from the 14th to 19th centuries.
In it, you can savor some of their very old wines, VORS (Very Old Rare Sherry), more than 30 years old, taste some tapas and, with a guide, observe paintings by Goya, Velázquez, El Greco, Zurbarán ... and the collection of etchings
, by Pablo Picasso.
The excursion also includes a guided visit to the
Estévez Group Wineries
: Real Tesoro, Valdespino, with a tasting of their wines, entrance to the "Real Tesoro" stud farm and the art gallery.
: 42 euros / person.
More information and reservations here.
Monuments and flamenco
Guided tour of about two hours through the historic center of Jerez.
Between monument and monument, stops are made at
the most emblematic tabancos
(old establishments that have been serving
wines directly from the boots since the 17th century), with a typical glass and tapa tasting in each of them.
The walk ends with a flamenco performance.
Price: 55 euros / person.
Between vineyards in 4x4
A 4x4 adventure that runs through the oldest vineyards in Jerez, while a guide reveals the secrets of these lands and the origins of the region's wines.
In the unique landscape of the Jerezana Countryside, you will be able to see the people who carry out the agricultural work, the vineyards, etc ... To finish, an aperitif in the field with a glass of Jerez.
: from 55 / euros.
Where to sleep
Hipotels Sherry Park
Hipotels Sherry Park
(Av. Alcalde Álvaro Domecq, 11, Jerez de la Frontera; Telephone: 956 31 76 14).
A 15-minute walk from the historic center of Jerez, this hotel surrounded by lush gardens, has a large outdoor pool, as well as an indoor pool, gym and sauna.
In its restaurant,
, a selection of typical Andalusian dishes is served.
: from 108 euros.
Reservations here *.
Hotel Doña Blanca
Hotel Doña Blanca
(Bodegas, 11, Jerez de la Frontera; 956 34 87 61).
In the heart of the city, this simple and modern hotel has all the comforts (free wifi) and is ideal to go with the family.
Wreck: from 111 / family room of four.
Reservations here *.
La Arboledilla Winery (Barbadillo).
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