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Staying in family run holiday villas

Take a holiday in real Spain.
Enjoy the Culture and Heritage
as well as beautiful beaches.



Food and Drink

Dining out in Spain is still relatively cheap and meals are usually hearty rather than gourmet. Many wayside bars/ventas/restaurants offer tapas (small helping) medio racion (half portion) or racion (full portion) as well as a basic menu. The word tapas literally means a lid and years ago a piece of bread was placed over the glass of beer to stop flies from falling in. This then progressed to what we know today as tapas meaning a small amount, a tasty nibble or snack. They cover all types of foods from meats in sauces, seafood and locally grown vegetables.

Every region has its own delicacies, shellfish and seafood are in abundance in this area and various Paellas (Spanish favourite) are available.

Stay in my holiday rental villas 'Las Mariposas', 'Norfolk Joy' or 'El Delfin' and walk 3 minutes to one of the best Ventas in Pago del Humo, which offers traditional Tapas or try the full menu which is also available. Try the pulpo (octopus), jabali (wild boar), lubina (sea bass) amongst a large selection of specials available.

Spain is primarily a wine drinking country. Each region produces its own special wines. The known main ones are Rioja and Valdepenas (named after the regions where they are produced). There are two local fruity white wines produced 'Tierra Blanca' and 'Antonio Barbadillo' - perfect to go with fresh fish and shellfish.


The Jerez area is famous for its sherry. Britain actually purchases 75% of all Spanish sherry exports. There are four types of sherry: Fino pale and dry, Amontillado rich and dark, oloroso medium, very fragrant and golden and dulce which is a sweet sherry. The bodegas in Jerez offer tours and tastings. You can also purchase local wines, sherried, honey and other local produce at many smaller bodegas in Chiclana.



Drink Driving in Spain
The drink drive laws in Spain are severe and similar to other EU countries. The penalty for driving with excess alcohol includes a minimum of 12 months suspension of licence and a fine and/or a weekend arrest. Also you do not have to have committed a driving offence to be stopped by the local or national police.

A Central Location

My self catering holiday villas are centrally located for visiting the Costa de la Luz part of Andalucia in Spain.
Booking a self-catering holiday rental villa, here in the Costa de la Luz, through , means you can please yourself and have your holiday just the way you want it, by the pool, beach side, city or countryside. Some guests like to spend much of their holiday on the beach. It doesn't get better than the Barrosa beach with all its facilities, especially for children. It is a sandy beach, not pebbles or shingle and has easy gentle sloping access to the sea. The sea is warm and clean. It is much much warmer than the Portuguese Algarve and a whole lot cleaner than the Mediterranean sea. There are several other beaches, Barbate, Cape Trafalgar, El Palmar, Conil, Roche some of which have secluded coves.

Beaches are not for everyone. This area abounds with Culture, History, Walking, Hiking, Riding, Water sports and Golf. The rental villas are centrally located for many daily trips out. The town of Jerez is 30 minutes drive. Take a tour of one of the famous Bodegas of Jerez and see how Sherry and Brandy are made. The town is rich with historic and artistic sites, one day is not enough!! Visit the Moorish Alcazar and gardens, the Clock museum, 15th century churches, the Flamenco museum etc.The performing horses of Jerez are a wonder to behold. For motor sports enthusiasts visit the famous race track. Formula 1 test their cars here and the Moto GP is normally the first one of the season. Check out their web site Jerez Circuit

The wonderful City of Cadiz, a short drive away, is a must to visit on your holiday in Andalucia, Costa de la Luz. The ancient city is approximately 3,000 years old. Cadiz is a very relaxed and easy-going city. People sit outside at the cafes all day long enjoying the cool sea breeze and warm sunshine, gazing up at the Moorish architecture. The old quarter is probably the most beautiful with the mansions of yesteryear merchants, towers, picturesque squares are awe inspiring. Visit a Roman Amphitheatre, admire the Moorish influences. Visit the grand Cathedral or the enormous Ficus trees in the parks and gardens with wild parrots. Shop in the main plaza/square, enjoy an ice cream or tapas in this beautiful area. Cadiz is so close to my holiday villas that many guests choose to spend more than one day visiting Cadiz.

Seville is known as the cultural city of Spain. It is about an hours drive. Or you can park (for free) at the local train station and for a moderate price let the train take you to the centre of Seville. Places to visit in Seville are the Cathedral and Giralda, the Tapas bars of Barrio Santa Cruz, the Alcazar, the Roman ruins of Italica at Santiponce, see the spectacular Plaza de Espana, take a river boat or horse and carriage trip. Take the children to Isla Magica Theme Park (Seville's Alton Towers) or visit one of the city's tablaos and experience a Flamenco Show.

There are some very good, cheap golf courses within easy reach of my Andalucian rental villas. Golfing is a very popular sport and many people have a golfing holiday here in the costa de la Luz Andalucia rather than the more expensive Costa del sol. Click on Useful Tourist Guide/ Golf to get more information.

For people who love nature- it is all here. The famous Donana Nature park with its pink flamingos is close by. The easiest way to explore this nature reserve from the Explorechiclana rental villas is to drive to Sanlucar de la Barrameda and catch a small foot-passenger ferry across the Guadalquivir river to the nature reserve.

Off road trails for walkers are abundant. They are the old Canadas (drover ways) which, in the past, the cattle drovers would bring their livestock to the port of Puerto de Santa Maria to provision the ships in the days of the Conquistadors. Bird watchers will see griffin vultures, storks, kestrels, buzzard, pink flamingos and many other species.