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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.



Walking and Hiking

Within the various protected areas are many facilities for the tourist. There are many marked footpaths (usually there are kiosks or restaurant areas or tourist information where maps may be purchased). Many natural park areas and walks have large recreation areas, some have camping sites, Mountain bike tracks, Visitor Centres, Information points and Notice Boards are normally found on routes.

Marked footpaths:
Footpaths, generally in good condition, are marked usually with spots of coloured paint on trees, rocks and posts. There are normally various colour codes for various lengths of walks.

Recreation areas:
Typically picnic spots offering facilities such as picnic tables and bench type seating, barbeque points (firewood is often provided) running water for cooking and washing up will sometimes be available.

Mountain bike tracks:
These are generally marked with red paint.

Visitor Information Centres:
These are places where guide books and information leaflets can be purchased.
The centres are normally open from 10-00 am to 2-00 pm and 4-00 pm to 8-00 pm each day. Many are closed on a Monday. Some visitor centres have permanent exhibitions about different aspects of the areas. They will be staffed by a local guide who will be happy to answer specific questions.

These are locations noted for their panoramic views. Photographs are a must from these locations. There may be a seated area specially constructed for you to soak away the atmosphere for a while.

Information points:
These are notice boards that outline in some detail paths and various aspects of the area. Typically they will show the Flora and Fauna to be seen within the area. Paths and routes may also be shown.

The following are the descriptions used for protected areas these are:

Natural parks:
These are locations of ecological, scientific and educational value. They have ecosystems that have been little altered by man. There is an enormous range of geology and climate, from salt flats, marshes and dunes to mountain ranges and woods and forests.

Natural Reserves:
Natural reserves offer the greatest level of protection. To enter a Natural reserve special permission is required from the warden of the reserve.

Natural areas:
These are moderately protected areas and have a uniqueness of the fauna, flora or landscape.

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.