Featured holiday Food and wine holiday in Andalusia Spain

5 nights/6 days
This is a five-night food and wine holiday based at the boutique Hacienda de San Rafael, situated in countryside about 50 minutes’ drive south of Seville. This holiday introduces you to the rustic countryside and its produce of Andalusia, famous for its wines, sherry, hams and olives. We include a full day’s excursion to a sherry bodega, a half-day’s visit to a local farm, an olive oil tasting, a wine tasting and a half-day cookery lesson. There is time to explore the region on your own with a hire-car too.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Madrid return, economy
  • Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
  • One dinner, cookery lesson, wine-tasting, olive-oil tasting, full day sherry bodega visit, half day farm visit
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Luxury food and wine holiday in the Andalusian countryside near Seville

This five-night luxury food and wine holiday based at the award-winning Hacienda de San Rafael, once a thriving olive oil estate and now a rustic yet sophisticated country hideaway in the Andalusian countryside about 50 minutes’ drive south of Seville. The hotel is family-owned and provides a welcoming home-from-home atmosphere with just 14 rooms and suites. From here you can enjoy views of the almond and olive groves of the Andalusian plains, a sea of sunflowers, scent of lavender and jasmine in the gardens, the sound of singing cicadas and the soothing breeze off the Atlantic ocean. A stay here introduces you to the authentic food and wine of Andalusia, where local produce thrives and deserves to be experienced. Our holiday here will enlighten you with its depth of exploration of the local food and wine. During your stay you enjoy one dinner on arrival, a cookery lesson, a wine-tasting, an olive-oil tasting, a full day visit with a guide to a sherry bodega with transport provided, a half day visit to a local farm.

Highlights

One dinner • Cookery lesson • Wine-tasting • Olive-oil tasting • Full day sherry bodega visit • Half day farm visit

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£2,640

Holiday Code FHSN03

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury food and wine holiday in the Andalusian countryside near Seville

Arrive at Seville airport and collect your hire-car for the drive of about 50 minutes to the Hacienda de San Rafael, in the countryside to the south of Seville. Included on the first night is a dinner in the hotel restaurant. The chef at the Hacienda de San Rafael creates an outstanding selection of menus with an emphasis on local, seasonal produce, using organic products from the hotel’s vegetable garden whenever possible. Fresh fish is selected daily and meats are sourced from specialist butchers. Dining is outside in fine weather with your views being filled with the colours of bougainvillaea and olive leaves.

You have four days at the Hacienda de San Rafael to enjoy the included visits and tastings and to explore the local area. Included are a half-day cookery lesson, a wine-tasting session at the hotel, an olive-oil tasting session at the hotel, a full day visit with a guide to a sherry bodega with transport provided, and a half day visit to a local farm. Nearby are the Aracena mountains where you can walk and many of the white-washed hill villages that are famous in Andalusia. Horse-riding is also possible and of course, Seville is only about an hour away so you could visit under your own steam using the hire-car or ask the hotel to arrange a transfer for you both ways for the day. The hotel has lovely gardens, swimming pools, a library, a padel tennis court and spa treatments can be organised, so there is plenty to do in between sightseeing and activities.

Depending on the time of your flight back to London, spend some time enjoying the scenery on the way back or drive straight to the airport and return your hire-car ready for the flight home.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£2,640

Holiday Code FHSN03

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways or Easyjet from London Gatwick to Seville return, economy
● Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
● 5 nights' bed and breakfast in a Deluxe double room at Hacienda de San Rafael, Las Cabezas de San Juan
● One dinner
● Cookery lesson
● Wine-tasting
● Olive-oil tasting
● Full day sherry bodega visit
● Half day farm visit
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£2,640

Holiday Code FHSN03

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways or Easyjet from London Gatwick to Seville return, economy
• Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
• 5 nights' bed and breakfast in a Deluxe double room at Hacienda de San Rafael, Las Cabezas de San Juan
• One dinner
• Cookery lesson
• Wine-tasting
• Olive-oil tasting
• Full day sherry bodega visit
• Half day farm visit
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways and Easyjet from London Gatwick to Seville. The flight timetable can vary from day to day. The hotel is about 50 minutes’ drive from Seville and we include a hire-car so that you can get out and about during your stay.

Luxury food and wine holiday in the Andalusian countryside near Seville

Expressions Holidays includes this hotel in this holiday.
Hotels included in this tour
Hacienda de San Rafael
Hacienda de San Rafael

Hacienda de San Rafael is a charming rural retreat which is located within easy reach of Seville and Jerez. The serene location and beautiful gardens afford guests a tranquil and intimate experience.

Deluxe double room

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 5 nights.

From about

£2,640

Holiday Code FHSN03

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways or Easyjet from London Gatwick to Seville return, economy
• Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
• 5 nights' bed and breakfast in a Deluxe double room at Hacienda de San Rafael, Las Cabezas de San Juan
• One dinner
• Cookery lesson
• Wine-tasting
• Olive-oil tasting
• Full day sherry bodega visit
• Half day farm visit
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are flights with British Airways and Easyjet from London Gatwick to Seville. The flight timetable can vary from day to day. The hotel is about 50 minutes’ drive from Seville and we include a hire-car so that you can get out and about during your stay.

Luxury food and wine holiday in the Andalusian countryside near Seville

About Andalusia

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Andalusia offers the chance to explore a holiday destination famed for its indulgent climate and coastal appeal. The region cannot deny its fair share of sun, sea and sand, but what is often neglected to mention is the region's immense variety. Comprising of eight unique provinces, Andalusia spans west to east from the wetlands and the Atlantic Ocean to the deserts and the popular Costa del Sol on the Mediterranean Sea. Poised at the southern-most tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Andalusia acts as a gateway between the European and African continents, harbouring a myriad of influences that speak of the layers of civilisation that have roamed and inhabited the land. From the vibrant cities to the tiny white-washed villages, from vast sierras to the extensive coastline, Andalusia is a region of contrasts which promises an authentic luxury holiday.

Highlights of Andalusia

With 800km of coastline, there are plenty of beaches to choose from - facing the Atlantic are the long, sandy beaches of the Costa de la Luz, extending south from the Portuguese border to Tarifa; covering the area between Malaga and Gibraltar is the famous Costa del Sol, known for its numerous beach resorts which range from the cheap and cheerful to exclusive luxury; to the south of Granada is the Costa Tropical, a stretch of coast with sandy coves and a pleasant microclimate; and to the east is the more rugged Costa de Almeria. A number of luxury resorts and hotels are located along each of these coastlines. Surrounding Granada is the Sierra Nevada, a mountain range where the Spanish mainland's highest peak can be found and home to white-washed mountain villages. In the far east of Andalusia is the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park, the largest protected area in Spain where you can find hiking trails, mountain villages and many wild animals. Further south is The Cabo de Gata Natural Park, a land and sea reserve near Almeria which is home to unspoilt scenery and an abundance of wildlife. In the west of the region is the Doñana National Park, an extensive area in the delta of the Guadalquivir River which includes marshland and sand dunes and is a breeding ground of the endangered Iberian Lynx. Thanks to the region's great variety in landscapes, culture and cuisine, a luxury holiday to Andalusia is sure to be a delightful experience.

Cultural highlights of Andalusia

Many of the Andalusia's cultural highlights can be found in the three Moorish cities of Cordoba, Granada and Seville, all of which are home to a number of excellent luxury hotels. Cordoba, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and former centre of Muslim control during Andalusia's colonisation by the Islamic Empire. At the city's heart is the astounding Mezquita de Cordoba, a mediaeval mosque turned Catholic cathedral with endless Moorish arches, columns and glinting tiles of vibrant hues. Other highlights include the fascinating Jewish quarter and Roman ruins galore. Nearer the coast is Granada, where Islamic rule endured the longest and the magical Alhambra remains as a monument to this legacy. A 9th century palace fortress, it guards over the city from an elevated crag amongst vast, aromatic gardens. To the west, on the peaceful plains of River Guadalquivir, Seville quietly awaits discovery along with its three World Heritage Sites: the Alcazar palace, the gothic Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies. Other towns and cities of interest in Andalusia include Jerez de la Frontera, where you can visit the sherry bodegas which make the city famous and watch the dressage displays which are held at The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art; Cadiz, the oldest city in Europe which is surrounded almost entirely by water; Ronda, a spectacular city which is split in half by a narrow gorge; Malaga, birthplace of Picasso and home to a Museum which displays a collection of his work; the small town of Baeza, where you can find stunning examples of Renaissance architecture; and Almeria, a coastal city which is dominated by the Alcazaba, the largest Moorish fortress in Spain. During your stay in Andalusia make sure to witness the seductive art of flamenco. Alluring, passionate and cathartic, it's easy to understand how this gypsy tradition has become one of the most familiar emblems of Spanish culture.

Festivals in Andalusia

There are a huge number of local festivals held in villages, towns and cities throughout Andalusia, many of which have a religious significance. 5 January: Three Kings parades, February: Shrove Tuesday Carnivals, February: Seville Tapas Fair, February to March: Jerez Flamenco Festival, March/April: Holy week celebrations, April to October: Seville Bullfighting season, April/May: Seville Spring Fair, April/May: Úbeda Classical Music Festival, Mid May: Jerez Horse Fair, June to July: Granada Music & Dance Festival, June - July: Cordoba Guitar Festival, August: Malaga Summer Fair, September: Ronda bullfighting festival, November: Granada Jazz Festival.

Gastronomy in Andalusia

Cuisine in Andalusia is diverse, varying throughout the region and combining Arabic flavours with more common Mediterranean ingredients such as seafood, olive oil and an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables. As the birthplace of tapas, Andalusia is an excellent place to try the snacks which are often served free with drinks in Granada. Other Andalusian specialities include Serrano ham from the Sierra Nevada and sherry from Jerez de la Frontera, as well as dishes such as ‘Ajo blanco’ (a white gazpacho), ‘Espetos de sardina’ (roasted sardines), ‘Huevos a la flamenca’ (baked eggs with vegetables) and ‘Fritura de pescado’ (mixed fried fish).

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