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An Adventure in Jerez de la Frontera 17 - 22 march 2019

Jerez

SUNDAY 17 March:

Flights to Jerez with connection via Barcelona:
Departure MAH- 08:50 h
Arrival XRY 14:10 h (2 hours 40 minutes in BCN)
Coach transfer to the centrally situated, beautiful SOHO Boutique Hotel & Spa
www.sohohoteles.com/hotel-boutique-jerez-spa-en-jerez/ (5 night’s bed and breakfast)

First day: Afternoon and evening at leisure to explore

Hotel
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Parque Nacional de Doñana
MONDAY 18 March: Full day coach excursion with a local guide with the morning visiting the “Parque Nacional de Doñana”. Here we will transfer to a special All Terrain bus for our guided journey through this World Heritage Site to view the unique, natural, vast area and its flora and fauna. Then lunch in Sanlucar or Cadiz followed by a guided tour of this famous port city Return to hotel for an evening of leisure
Real Escuela del Arte Ecuestre
TUESDAY 19 March: Visit to the “Real Escuela del Arte Ecuestre” with a show of the dancing horses. . Approximately 10 -13.30 h. This is within easy walking distance of the hotel and we will, therefore, walk as a group. In the afternoon we are organising a walking tour with a local guide of the historic city centre. (Approximately 3 hrs.)

WEDNESDAY 20 March: Visit to the beautiful “Palacio del Tiempo”, approximately 10.30 - 13.00 h. An antique clock and watch museum and its lovely gardens. Dating from the late XVIII century the house and garden was established by a British army officer in the typical neo classical/Victorian style of the era. This is also within walking distance from the hotel so we go as a group--- Afternoon free.

THURSDAY 21 March: The morning will be free to explore and visit some of the other things of your choice in the city. At 17.00 we are arranging a group visit to the Tio Pepe/Gonzalez Bias bodegas, with an explanatory tour of the making o the wine and the premises and then a tasting of their Sherries, brandy etc. An aperitif before our last dinner in Jerez!!

FRIDAY 22 March: Transfer from hotel to the airport and return via Barcelona. Pick up time to be advised. Departure XRY 14:50 h - arrival MAH 18:10 h (45 minutes in BCN).

Price per resident person with travel discount in double room: 555 €uros
Plus 145 €uros individual room supplement
Plus 170 €uros for non residents without travel discount
Less 117 €uros without flights

The itinerary and prices may be subject to minor changes once a definite booking is made and after receiving the first deposit.

Please request a booking form from menorcabritannia@msn.com where you will find full details of payment, terms and conditions

Some suggestions to personalise your experience of Jerez

Tour the sherry & Flamenco bars (what we used to call a “bar crawl”) Jerez is unique in Spain for an abundance  of tabancos, as its many sherry-specialist bars are called. Without doubt, the tabancos are where to be if you want to drink with the locals and touring the best of them is a great way to spend an evening here. Be sure to enjoy a fino in Tabanco San Pablo – a lovely, dark old place that exudes historical charm – and catch the live flamenco at Tabanco El Pasaje, where they chalk your bill on the wooden bar. For a more modern vibe, Tabanco Plateros is a must.

Tour the Bodegas

Jerez is the only place on the planet where sherry can be made, from the white palomino grapes that grow in the region’s loose, chalky soil. For a truly fascinating experience, make a tour of the wineries that have made this gorgeous city famous: Gonzalez Byass and Tío Pepe (both founded by the same entrepreneur in 1835). You’ll learn how sherry is made and all about the different variations. Bodegas Tradición, a smaller producer, is also home to a stunning art collection.

Get lost in the Old Town

The oldest barrios of Jerez have a unique personality and ambience, calling to mind the buttoned-up stateliness of Seville as much as the charming shabbiness of Cádiz. Don’t leave without getting lost in the streets around Plaza de la Yebra and Plaza de la Ascunción (both must-visits in their own right), exploring the residential neighbourhoods behind Plaza del Arenal, or venturing into the flamenco quarter beyond Plaza de Belén known as Santiago.

Explore the Flamenco Quarter

You’ll know when you arrive into Santiago: the tourists fall away, the buildings take on a scruffier appearance and you start to hear the lilting, passionate sounds of flamenco drifting from the windows of whitewashed houses. Some of this singular art’s leading stars grew up here, including the singer and dancer Lola Flores and the singer José Mecé. Perhaps you’ll hear the next Andalusian flamenco sensation practicing at home as you wander these historic streets.

Jerez has a relatively young cathedral…the Cathedral de San Salvador

Although Jerez’s main Catholic church was built between 1695 and 1778, it only became the seat of a bishop in 1980, (technically) making it one of the youngest cathedrals in Spain. Its principal bell tower stands apart from the cathedral itself on the site of an older, smaller church.

…and an impressive Moorish fortress No less impressive than the San Salvador Cathedral is Jerez’s 11th- and 12th-century Moorish Alcázar, located on the other side of the beautiful Alameda Vieja park. Its strong walls and defensive towers, the Octagonal Tower being the most distinctive, still stand as do rooms that once housed the Arabic baths.

Mercado de Abastos
Housed in an elegant 19th-century building, the city’s lively food market is at its best on weekday mornings. Locals bustle around its fish, meat and vegetable stalls under the beautiful high ceiling, exchanging gossip as they do the week’s shopping. The Mercado de Abastos is renowned for its fish – especially blue fin tuna, sea bream and prawns – as the stunning Cádiz coast is just 20 kilometres (12 miles) to the west.

 

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PRICES for this Adventure---------
Members with residents travel discount in a double room: 555 € each
Members, non residents without travel discount add 170 € extra each
Single room supplement, 145 €
Non members should add 30 €uros each
Add 30 € extra each - for a group smaller than 25 persons For those who may consider joining us in Jerez directly from the UK or other parts of Spain the price without return flights from Mahón and airport transfers will be 435 €uros per person

Important Note---
Now that the residents travel discount has been increased to 75% the airlines are no longer willing to accept non residents on group bookings. These have to be treated as individual bookings and the full fare has to be paid when booking. There can, therefore, be no refunds made should you be forced to cancel. Please make arrangements for appropriate insurance cover for this.

This booking form should be received on or before August 25th 2018 When a non-refundable deposit of 125 €uros per person should be paid for residents

Non residents should pay a deposit of 250 €uros per person A further 250 €uros per person should be paid by the end of October. The balance should be paid by 11th January 2019

All payments should be made in cash or by direct debit to the Menorca Britannia account in the Banca March, Sant Lluis ES38 0061 0239 41 0022 100118 Clearly showing your name/s, membership nos and reference ADV/JEREZ

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