Jerez Flamenco Festival
Flamenco, Carnival, history, nature - small international group - west Andalusia
with new visits and walks for 2018

One of the most important flamenco festivals takes place in Jerez de la Frontera, a city renowned for its wine, its horses, and also its successive generations of
cantaores, guitarists and bailaores. Cante jondo will be well in evidence, but Jerez is above all the 'cradle' of flamenco dance. Dancers and ballets invade the stages of Jerez to bring us traditional flamenco dance mixed with a good selection of experimental works.
The immediate surroundings of the city are no less outstanding: the tierras
albarizas where the sherry grapes are grown, the Guadalquivir estuary, the Bay of Cadiz and the Costa de la Luz. The beaches, cliffs, dunes and salt-marshes not only shelter much nature and bird-life but also form a background to some real architectural and archaeological jewels...

IMPORTANT: we must receive bookings for this programme by 3 November 2017.

ONE WEEK Activities
: the order of activities may vary with the times of the Flamenco performances.
A minimum of 5 Flamenco evenings, and during the day...
- visits to Phoenician and Roman sites, as well as the monuments of Jerez, Cadiz, El Puerto de Santa María and San Fernando.
- 2 interesting urban walks, to explore the citadels of Arcos and Medina Sidonia.
- 3 easy new nature rambles, of 1-2h in flat terrain: on a Roman road, in the salt-marshes of the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park and around the Embalse de Bornos.

EXCEPT 4 MEALS in hotel (rooms for 2 with private bathrooms) in a quiet street of the old centre of Jerez. Delicious local gastronomy and imaginative tapas, with the accent on Atlantic sea-food and the pata negra pigs of the forests of western Andalusia. Group 10 maximum.

DATES (Thursday-Thursday)

2018 22 February-1 March.

PRICE 995 euros per person; single room supplement 155 euros.

RENDEZVOUS Málaga, in the afternoon - choose a flight arriving before 15.30.
DISPERSAL Málaga, at midday - choose a flight departing after 15.30.
Arrival at Jerez airport or station (trains from Madrid and Seville) is also possible.

Location of this programme:

THURSDAY: Transfer from Málaga to Jerez. Tapas evening.

FRIDAY: Roman Medina Sidonia: bridges, castle, and a street and cloacas recently discovered under the present town. Ramble on the Vía Asido Roman road.

SATURDAY: San Fernando: castle, Phoenician remains, salt-marshes with flamingoes and waders... and the curious cangrejo violinista crabs.

SUNDAY: The citadel ofArcos de la Frontera and the birdlife of the Embalse de Bornos.

MONDAY: Exploration of Jerez: Mudéjar churches, baroque palaces, the Centro Andaluz de Documentación del Flamenco; a sherry bodega.

TUESDAY: Excursion by train to El Puerto de Santa María where we visit the museum of Rafael Alberti, celebrated long-lived poet and painter of the Generación del 27, then by boat across the Bay of Cadiz to luminous Cadiz, the oldest city of Occident, built by the Phoenicians on the end of a peninsula bathed by the restless Atlantic.

WEDNESDAY: 28 February is the Day of Andalusia: at Jerez there are numerous activities and during the day we shall visit (amongst others) the Alcázar, the Cloister of Santo Domingo and a Peña Flamenca. Last evening spectacle and tapas.

THURSDAY: Transfer to Málaga.

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