bacchus travel
Ride Andalusia
A four-day riding adventure exploring rural Andalusia and the Sherry Triangle
13–17 March 2019

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Andalusia on horseback

In the heart of bucolic Andalusian countryside, situated 10 kilometres outside Jerez de la Frontera, lies Alcantara Ecuestre. It is a beautiful farm dedicated entirely to horses and equestrian pursuits, run by the charming Alfonso Lopez de Carrizosa and his wife, Rocio de la Calle Duran. With beautiful, rustic accommodation available for up to 8 people, it is a fantastic outdoor retreat for small groups of horse lovers.

Join Bacchus for a four-night riding adventure and introduction to the Sherry Triangle, spending two nights at Alcantara and two nights in the coastal town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River.

Casting our minds back to our first tour in 2017, we spent wonderful days hacking from taverna to taverna, crossing golden sunflower fields and riding past antiquated bullrings. We paused at family-run bodegas for sherry at elevenses, before venturing into the heart of the Sherry Triangle to taste mother cask sherries and dine with local winemakers. We hope you can join us for more of the same.

What a fabulous Sherry Triangle experience Bacchus delivered to our group of 8. Throughout we ate and drank like Kings and Queens. Everything was well organised and we were accompanied throughout by our hosts and local guides – no need to think just get on and enjoy, which we did! Thank you Bacchus.

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Please note you are not required to pay the full amount for your tour now, but we do request a 30% deposit per guest in order to confirm your place on the trip. An invoice for this will be sent to you within the next 24 hours and the outstanding amount will be requested 8 weeks before your departure date.

We will also be in touch shortly with a form to obtain important information about you before your tour (medical history, dietary requirements, passport details etc).

A taster

  • Catch a morning flight into Jerez de La Frontera, where your Bacchus host will be waiting to transfer you to Alcantara Ecuestre. En route, we will pause for a brief visit to the amazing Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. You’ll have worked up an appetite this morning so we will continue to your home for the next two nights and sit down for lunch. Rocio, our host, and Alfonso, your guide, will join for a delicious spread of Andalusian tapas and sherry. We will then saddle up and head for a late afternoon taberna-to-taberna hack with Alfonso. On return, enjoy a typical dinner on the terrace prepared by Rocio.

  • After breakfast, depart for a 3-hour hack with Alfonso to Salto al Cielo, a small hermitage where the Carthusian monks used to visit on their journey to heaven. It also has what is reputed to be the oldest bullring in Spain. Return to Alcantara for lunch on the patio, before a short drive to Finca Los Alburejos. This traditional Andalusian ranch, owned by the Domecq family, sits in the heart of Medina Sidonia and is steeped in history. Following a fascinating tour by Isabel Domecq, we will head back to Alcantara for a sherry paired dinner prepared by Rocio.

    Overnight: Alcantara Ecuestre
  • This morning choose between a carriage ride with mules or remain on horseback. On return to Alcantara, enjoy a final copita of La Ina with Alfonso and Rocio before venturing into the heart of the Sherry Triangle. We will arrive for a lunch and vineyard tour with local winemaker, Jose Antonio Ximénez Spínola. This charming local will happily top up your glass until the early evening, but we can make our way to Sanlucar de Barrameda at your convenience. After settling in at a renovated 18th century palace-house, we will wander into the old town for dinner and a taste of flamenco.

    Overnight: Sanlúcar de Barrameda
  • Bodega Hidalgo sits in the centre of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, a stone’s throw from the Guadalquivir estuary. The salty sea air is a key ingredient in making the famous La Gitana Manzanilla sherry, which you will be able to taste en rama during a private bodega tour. The smell of fresh langoustine from the local’s favourite restaurant on the Bajo de Guía promenade is where we are heading for lunch – the best seafood in Andalusia! Enjoy a siesta, beach walk or swim in the sea before an evening of local entertainment in this bustling Andalusian town. Depending on the time of year, we may coincide with horse races on the beach, the Feria de Manzanilla or local flamenco performances. Retire to El Espejo for an excellent sherry-paired evening meal – a fitting way to end your time in Andalusia.

    Overnight: Sanlúcar de Barrameda
  • After breakfast and a coffee in the botanical gardens of Medina Sidonia, we will take you to Jerez airport for your return journey home.

Support – Flights

SUPPORT

Our host and local guides love getting to know our guests and take great joy in sharing their intricate knowledge of the region to ensure you have a memorable time in this special part of Andalusia.

Flights

If possible, we ask for all guests to arrive to Jerez de la Frontera airport. From here, we will take you onwards to our first overnight location. There are flights to Jerez from London Stansted airport and other regional airports in the UK. Those who prefer to fly to Seville or Gibraltar, please get in touch and we can arrange alternative transfers.

What is included?

Included

  • Bacchus local host and guide
  • Airport transfers for recommended flights to Jerez
  • All other transfers incl. luggage
  • Four nights accommodation in double or shared room
  • All breakfasts, lunches and evening meals incl. wine
  • Wine tasting and other activities

Extras

  • Transfers from Gibraltar or Seville

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Costs