New Year in the Campiña de Cádiz NEW
Christmas and New Year weeks based in our favourite hotels
All the local celebrations
Delicious local gastronomy and imaginative tapas
Special Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve dinner and evening
Guided walks, history, nature and seasonal celebrations - West Andalusia - small international guided group
New Year's Eve at Prado del Rey (Cádiz province), with almost a carnival atmosphere, in the hills between the limestone peaks of the Sierra de Grazalema and the agricultural landscapes of the campiña. The Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos (5 January) in the elegant town of Medina Sidonia.
ONE WEEK Activities: 4 days with walks of 3-4 hours and two of about 1.5 hours, on occasionally steep/stony paths (denivellation max. +350m) and varied historical/natural visits: historical towns of Arcos de la Frontera, Bornos, Medina Sidonia, Ubrique and Zahara de la Sierra; Roman remains hidden in the hills; picturesque white villages with their traditional agricultural activities. Group 8 maximum.
FULL BOARD in rooms for 2 with private bathrooms: four nights at the hotel of Prado del Rey. Simple and delicious mountain gastronomy: Prado del Rey produces wine, cheese and iberian pork products. Three nights in a converted C18 noble house at Medina Sidonia a town known for its original and varied tapas.
FESTIVITIES Prado del Rey is known for its singular Fiesta Carnavalesca de Nochevieja. After the New Year's Eve dinner, everyone goes in disguise to the town square to eat the traditional 12 grapes and welcome in the New Year. This colourful tradition dates back to the last part of the Franco era, when the intrepid Pradenses started to defy the authorities by going out to eat their grapes together on the square, with numerous decorations so as to be better noticed. At Medina Sidonia, there is a splendid Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos in the afternoon of 5 January.
PRICE 1075 euros per person; obligatory single room supplement 155 euros.
2021-22 30 December-6 January.
RENDEZVOUS & DISPERSAL Málaga - flights arriving before and departing after 14.00. Please contact us if you wish to arrive and depart by bus or train.
Location of this programme:
THURSDAY: Transfer to Prado del Rey (4 nights); visit to the traditional olive oil mill of El Callejón.
FRIDAY: Exploration of the Hortales inland salt pans, still in activity, whose origins date back to the Phoenicians. A transhumance trail and the gallery wood of the River Majaceite in the Sierra de Grazalema. New Year's Eve with a gala dinner at our hotel and grapes on the square bring a disguise if you can.
SATURDAY: The curious Roman cisterns of the Sierra de Aznar. Panoramic walk of El Pilar: views of the Campiña, Sierra de Grazalema, Villamartín and the Bornos lake.
SUNDAY: Ubrique, well-known for its leather goods: the secrets of the leather museum where we shall make a preciso, a small pouch to attach to the belt, much in vogue in C18. The ancient road from Benaocaz to Villaluenga and the Roman town of Ocuri.
MONDAY: The grandiose landscapes and Nasrid castle of the delightful mountain village of Zahara de la Sierra, in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park. The bodega of Prado del Rey. Arrival at Medina Sidonia and visit to the town.
TUESDAY: The fabulous cork-oak forests of the Atlantic, with Gibraltar in the distance.
WEDNESDAY: The Cerro de Plaza de Armas walk. Bornos, with its romantic palace and splendid vistas. Procession of the Three Kings at Medina Sidonia and last tapas dinner.
THURSDAY: Transfer to Málaga.
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