Places to visit

arcos de la fronteraThere are so many interesting places to visit within easy reach of the hotel, suitable for all ages.

Here is a small selection you might enjoy:

Watch the famous Andalusian dancing horses
A visit to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art (Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre) in Jerez is a must. You can see the famous Andalusian dancing horses and even sit in on training sessions. Set in the grounds of the magnificent Recreo de las Cadenas palace, the school also has a Museum of Equestrian Art, a Horse carriage Museum, and a Botanic garden

A visit to a sherry bodega
No trip to the region would be complete without a trip to a bodega. You will find many to choose from in Jerez and El Puerto de Santa María. Most provide tours of the cellars and exhibitions of the wine making process – and of course an opportunity to sample the finest wines of the region!

A day in Cadiz
Being the oldest city in Europe, you would expect Cadiz to have more than its fair share of attractions – and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The old part of the city, considered to be an historical and artistic monument, is well worth a visit. There you can stand on the harbour from which Christopher Columbus set sail and through which much of the trade with the Americas passed. The city walls and various fortifications provide a fascinating insight into the city’s colourful history. Be sure also to visit the Cathedral, the Museo de Cádiz, the Church of Santa Cruz, and the San Felipe Neri Oratorio.

Grazalema National Park
A chance to enjoy some breathtaking mountain scenery with peaks as high as 1,600 metres, dramatic gorges, grottos and caves. On the way stop off at Arcos, one of the famous clifftop Pueblo Blancos and sample some of the local pastries. Pay a visit also to the Moorish castle in Zahara de la Sierra, and the charming cobbled village of Grazalema – the ideal place to buy local wool crafts.

Take a trip top Rhonda
Just over an hour’s drive from Hotel Sindhura, Rhonda is a must see. This ancient town, which dramatically straddles a gorge 150 metres deep, will enchant and enthral you. Visit their website to discover more.

A day in Jerez
Jerez de la Frontera is an ancient town that is full of excitement. It is the home of sherry and there are a number of sherry bodegas open to the public including famous names such as Gonzalez Byass (Tio Pepe) Pedro Domecq, and Sandeman. The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art is located here, as is the famous Alcazar and Arab Baths, with its wonderful octagonal tower housing the intriguing camera obscura. Be sure to vist the Archaeological Museum, the Flamenco Museum, the Palacio Domecq, and the baroque Cathedral with its magnificent towers. And if you are a motor racing enthusiast, you will enjoy a visit to Circuito de Jerez, where besides a regular programme of events you can also see F1 teams doing their out of season testing. Finally, if you are here after Easter, you will definitely enjoy a visit to La Feria del Caballo.

A visit to Medina-Sidonia
This magnificent, perfectly preserved hilltop village is a warren of narrow winding streets lined with whitewashed houses adorned with traditional reja (wrought iron) and delightful tiled courtyards. Visit Santa Maria la Coronado Church at the very top, where you will find an enormous wooden retablo depicting the life of Christ. And if you have a head for heights, climb the tower for a breathtaking view of the area. The town is known as the ‘balcony of Cadiz’ because of the commanding views across the province, all the way to the ocean. It is one of Spain’s most important ducal seats. In fact it was a Duke of Medina-Sidonia who commanded the Spanish Armada. While you are there, be sure to sample the mouth-watering alfajores, and visit the convent to buy delicious candies from the cloistered nuns, who serve you through a rotating hatch without speaking a word.

A day in Seville
Just an hour and a half drive from the hotel, Seville is a magnificent city and so steeped in history you might want to make more than one visit. Among the many unmissable places to visit are: the Alcazar – an elaborate Moorish palace, Barrio Santa Cruz  -a  picturesque quarter with narrow winding cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, Casa de Pilates – a sixteenth century renaissance palace so called because it was said to resemble Pontius Pilate’s house in Jerusalem, the Cathedral built on the site of a great mosque, the famous Giralda – a Moorish minaret that was later converted to the cathedral’s bell tower, Maria Luisa Park – one of the finest parks in Europe, Museo de Bellas Artes – housed in what was once a convent, this magnificent museum is a showcase for some of Spain’s finest works of art, and the Plaza de España – a spectacular space that will take your breath away!

Dolphin and whale watching
Head down to Tarifa for the day and take a 2-hour trip to see the whales and dolphins, organised by the Foundation for Information and Research on Marine Mammals. A truly enjoyable and educational experience.

A visit to Aqualand
Located between Cadiz and Jerez, Aqualand is a fun day out for the whole family. Its facilities include a pool with a wave machine, water slides, children’s pool and attractions such as the Black Hole, Rapids, Crazy Race, Super Slalom, Kamikaze, Surf Beach and Mini Park. There is also a restaurant, bar, and children’s playground.

A quick trip to Africa
Africa is never far away from Costa de la Luz. Stand on the beach in Bolonia and the coastal hills of North Africa seem almost within touching distance. From Tarifa you can take a high speed ferry and be in Tangier in just 35 minutes! If you wish you can choose a guided day trip that includes the return trip on the ferry, a bus tour of the town, a traditional Moroccan meal and a guided tour of the souq.