White-washed villages, windswept beaches and tasty tapas – this boutique trip sashays from soulful Seville to the sunny Costa del Sol via Vejer de la Frontera. This month, we fiesta and siesta in Seville, Cadiz and Marbella, leaving no castanet unclicked on a sensual southwest Andalucian escape…
Andalucia’s historic and cultured capital, sultry Seville, is the soul of southern Spain. Moorish legacy and Catholic ceremony rule the city: once you’ve explored the enormous cathedral, climbed the Giralda and admired the Alcazar, unwind at Corral del Rey – a re-imagined 17th-century casa palacio tucked away in the labyrinthine streets of the old quarter. Post-siesta, dine on gazpacho with prawns and wild boar casserole at Egaña Oriza, one of the city’s finest restaurants before catching a fiery, foot-stamping flamenco performance at the Casa de la Memoria cultural centre.
Steal away to under-the-radar Vejer de la Frontera in Cadiz Province, a two-hour drive south of Seville; stop in Jerez en route to celebrate two Spanish traditions: sherry-making and horsemanship – the dancing stallions of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art perform at 12 noon, Tuesday and Thursdays.
Survey the sprawling lavender-scented landscape around Casa La Siesta from its romantic double-terraced Suite 3. At dinner, take a window table and savour owner Amelia’s home-cooking: we love the grilled fish with caper salsa and secreto Ibérico (a most delicious hidden cut of marbled meat).
Marbella on the Costa del Sol is a two-hour cruise from Vejer. A once-small village reborn as a glamorous tourist hotspot, there are sights beyond the glossy yacht-strewn marina and bustling beaches. Stay at Finca Cortesin near Estepona, a Castilian-style destination resort 50 minutes away. Amid Andalucian white villages and within reach of wild beaches, this fabulous finca boasts four restaurants and one of Spain’s best golf courses. Book the chef’s table in Schilo restaurant to watch its Michelin-starred namesake whip up each installment of the tasting menu.
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Corral del Rey Seville
Style Cosy Andalusian casa
Setting Narrow streets of Seville
The vaulted white-beamed ceilings of the Deluxe Suites add a touch of majesty to your stay – we also love the walk-in showers and the Junior Suite’s extra-long bathtub.
Doubles from €302. More details
Casa La Siesta Cadiz Province
Style Andalusian amour
Setting Vejer’s final frontier
The owners met at a local Spanish class, fell in love, bought a house, sold it and then built this one brick by brick. You’d never guess it, though: this new-build has the charm and elegance of a place that’s been there for hundreds of years.
Doubles from €180. More details
V Boutique Hotel Cadiz Province
Style Very Moorish
Setting Hilltop pueblo blanco
A stunning, 17th-century mansion with tajine-loads of Moorish charm. With just 12 rooms, it makes the ideal intimate place to escape back to after days of sunbathing and kite-surfing on the nearby Costa de la Luz. Its airy rooms are decorated in a riot of colour schemes, and furnished with an idiosyncratic mix of modern and antique furniture: you’ll never siesta anywhere more captivating.
Doubles from €214. More details
Finca Cortesin near Estepona, Malaga
Style Andalusian Alcazar
Setting Sun, sea and sierras
It may boast one of Spain’s best golf courses, this certainly isn’t the sort of bland hotel frequented by old men in lemon slacks and Pringle sweaters. Designed with a nod to the Iberian peninsula’s thrilling history, it manages that hard-to-pull-off trick of being glamorous and comfortable at the same time. It’s a genuine destination stay.
Doubles from €440. More details
Getting there American Airlines (www.americanairlines.com) flies to Seville from both San Francisco and Los Angeles with two stops along the way; for a one-stop journey from New York, fly Iberia (www.iberia.com). It’s a 20-minute drive to Corral del Rey. From Marbella, fly home from Málaga airport, 30 minutes by car, or perhaps make the round trip to Seville via Ronda.
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