The ´Ruta del Toro´ Tour in Andalusía:
Offer valid from 1st September to 31st October 2013
From 640€ Bed and Breakfast
From 717€ Half Board
(Drinks not included)
The offer includes:
6 nights in a double room based on 2 people sharing
1 night at Fuerte Miramar
(two sided sea view) + 3 nights at Fuerte Grazalema
(two sided mountain view) + 2 nights at Fuerte Conil-Costa Luz
(two sided sea view) Malaga Car Rental for 7 days
(pick up and drop off at Malaga Airport) Guided tour of the La Real Maestranza (Royal Cavalry Armoury), Reservatauro and Finca Los Alburejos
Does not include:
Anything that is not mentioned in this program
DAY 1: MALAGA AIRPORT - FUERTE MIRAMAR
Rental car pick up and departure to Fuerte Miramar
DAY 2: FUERTE MIRAMAR - FUERTE GRAZALEMA
Breakfast at Fuerte Miramar
Departure to Fuerte Grazalema
Cultural tour of Grazalema
Grazalema is a beautiful town based in the White Towns in the North-eastern part of the province of Cadiz, nestled among the beautiful mountains of the Sierra de Grazalema, with a population of around 2,500 people between its centre and surrounding areas. It is located in a nature lover's paradise and perfect for outdoor sports enthusiasts. No visit to the White Towns of Andalusia is complete without a tour of Grazalema. Whilst heading into the village, you can enjoy the typical architecture of an Arab village that has been maintained over many centuries: narrow cobbled streets, white lime facades, gables, beautiful sunny squares and spotless streets; making this beautiful village a model for its traditional Andalusian architecture and urban preservation.
DAY 3: RONDA TOUR
Breakfast in Fuerte Grazalema
Departure to Ronda
Visit to the La Real Maestranza where you will have the chance to visit:
The Ronda Bullring
Being the the most important monumental legacy of the Royal Cavalry Armoury (La Real Maestranza) due to its stone construction, its spectacular double floor, with stands covered with a Gable roof covered in Arabic tiles, giving the building a special charm that is recognised all around the world. The legend of this noble and impressive arena has its roots in the evolution of the art of bullfighting, and its architecture continues to fascinate all those who have the opportunity to visit. During the Pedro Romero Festival, in early September, the square hosts one of the most important events in the bullfighting calendar; the Goyesca Bullfight and the spectacular Harness-Racing Exhibition Competition, bringing together all the best collectors in Spain.
Its journey illustrates, in an educational way, the mythical origins of the bull in universal culture, its introduction into the Iberian Peninsula and the evolution of Bullfighting from popular bullfighting and Royal Chivalry functions, to becoming a regulated spectacle, exemplified in Ronda's importance and its bullfighting dynasties, the Romeros and the Ordóñnezes, in the history of bullfighting tradition. Its contents combine paintings, sculptures, graphics, arts, textiles, tools, objects, historical documents and contemporary art, along with relevant information to share, throughout its collection, a homogenous story placing each work in its context and defining its relationship with other works.
Royal Saddlery of the House of Orleans
The Collection of the Royal Saddlery has an array of harnesses, saddles and clothes given by the King of France, Luis Philippe, Duke of Orleans, to his son Antonio, Duke of Montpensier as a gift. Don´t miss the interesting variances in the eastern-style production and design of the ´Francesa de Gala´ harnesses compared to those of "Andaluza Calesera" and ´Inglesa de Paseo´.
Collection of Antique Weapons
Dominated by the spectacular equestrian portrait of the first Duke of Median de las Torres, a work by Italian artist Massimo Stanzione (1637-1644), visitors have a perfect opportunity to see this unique collection of antique firearms
A Mediterranean Pasturelands park and the ´Toro Bravo´ fighting bull, the only one in the world.
Private visit to the Pasture Lands
We'll start by heading off to the pasturelands in our vehicle. Upon arriving, visitors will be offered a glass of Ronda Wine or tea/coffee (depending on the time of day) in the Farm´s gallery or outside, followed by a personalised guided tour in our private vehicle where we will have the opportunity to see all the steps in the breeding process and the ´Toro Bravo´ (a particular breed of Spanish Fighting Bull) selection process, as well as a heard of Andalusian horses up close. Visitors will then have the chance to get a glimpse of the pasture's beautiful wildlife followed by short break for a relaxing picnic.
DAY 4: FUERTE GRAZALEMA - RUTA DEL TORO (Medina Sidonia) - FUERTE CONIL-COSTA LUZ
Breakfast at Fuerte Grazalema
Ruta del Toro Tour
Arrival at Fuerte Conil-Costa Luz
The 'Ruta del Toro' runs between Jerez de La Frontera and Tarifa. The A-381 (Jerez Los Barrios motorway) connects many towns together including San José del Valle, Paterna de Rivera or Media Sidonia. Our tour will focus on the latter, and we´ll have two possibilities:
Visits here will coincide with the scheduled shows at ´The Open Countryside´ on a Wednesday, Friday or Saturday.
Morning: Visit to Finca los Alburejos and a show in the Open Countryside
After a journey of around an hour and a half to two hours, we will arrive at Finca Los Alburejos, located in the town of Medina Sidonia. The farm offers a unique tour of the ´Open Countryside´, with a horse and bull exhibition in an area of great natural beauty.
Season; from 16th March until the end of October 2013, Show in the Open Countryside, every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m
Visit available in different languages. Duration: from 11.30 a.m to 1 p.m with a 10 minute break for those wishing to have a drink in the Remolque Bar
700 metre walk to the stands whilst enjoying the nature on offer.
Comfortable shoes are recommended.
Afternoon: Cultural visit to Medina Sidonia
Medina is a beautiful white town perched on a hill, preserving its medieval Arabic flavour in a town with staggered, narrow streets and whitewashed houses. Its foundation is attributed to the Phoenicians and it was also an important Roman colony. Pay special attention to the rich cuisine of the area, in particular the Medina pastries with Arabic origins predominantly made of ingredients like almonds, honey, pistachios, cinnamon, sesame seeds and spices (they are referred to as "Alfajores" of Medina). Recommended routes:* Inner city tour with the following sites to see: the Church of Stª Mª la Mayor Coronada, the Castle and Palace Ruins, the Puerta del Sol, the Arco de La Pastora, the Roman Road, the Roman Archaeological site and the Alameda, etc. Roman Bridges Route (La Hoya Bridge and the Three eye bridge), and fountain route (Commander Fountain, Fountain of La Salada)* Possibility of a scheduled guided visit to the Historical Centre. These will be scheduled subject to request (Times and prices are subject to numbers). There is no entrance fee for the monuments on the route.
Alternative activity when the Finca Los Alburejos is not open (Yet the show in the ´Open Countryside´ is open)
Morning or Afternoon visit to Cebada Gago Ranch (4*4 route)
The cattle here are considered to belong to a group called the 'Strongest´ Bulls, due to their incredible appearance and strength. The cattle here are one of the most highly anticipated cattle at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona. In a natural environment, in 4*4s and accompanied by experts, you'll be able to find out more about their natural habitat and environment.
Tour starts at (meeting point) "Hotel Restaurant El Duque" (Avda. del Mar s/nº, edificio El Duque)
Morning Route time; 11 a.m
Afternoon Route time; 6.00 p.m.
From there we will head to the La Finca by 4*4. Once at La Finca, the tour will take approximately 2 hours. During the tour, you will be able to find out all about a bull's life from birth until it reaches the square, possible pardons, bullrings and its associated traditions. The tour includes a drive into the courtyard with the bulls roaming freely. After this, we will return to the initial meeting point where you can relax with an aperitif.
Afternoon: Cultural visit to Medina Sidonia
Day 5: VISIT TO CONIL AND VEJER DE LA FRONTERA
Breakfast at Fuerte Conil-Costa Luz
Free day with a possibility of an optional visit to Conil or Vejer or to make the most of the hotel´s facilities
A port of undeniable importance during the Roman and Visigoth periods, and yet despite its huge touristy atmosphere, this white urban Andalusian village has kept the flavour and charm of a coastal town. The medieval fortifications of the walls still remain preserved within the Puerta de la Villa (XVI century) and in the fortified stronghold. Potential pirate attacks or invasions were spotted from the Roche, Puerco and Castilnovo watchtowers (XVI and XVII centuries). And finally, the Guzman tower, of the XIV and XV centuries, which formed part of the old castle, is now the heart of the town.
Located in the Plaza del Castillo (Castle Square) are the Parish Church of Santa Catalina and the Town Hall. Other notable monuments are the Hospital de la Misericordia, the Chapel of Our Father Jesus Nazarene (Patron Saint of the village), the Convent of Our Lady of Virtues and the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Don't forget to visit the Conileñas Race Museum or visit the interesting fish auctions that take place in the market of this fishing port.
Visit to Vejer de la Frontera
Declared as a Historical site, and awarded the National Beautification Award, its Arab heritage is reflected in its architecture and its town layout, such as the Jewish Quarter. Forever encapsulated within a fortified wall, several towers are still in good condition (such as the Mayorazgo, San Juan and La Corredera towers), and the medieval village's four gates, the Arch de la Segur, the Arch de la Villa, the Sancho IV Arch and the Puerta Cerrada, are seamlessly integrated into its urban surroundings. The castle (dating back to the XI-XVI centuries) is situated at the top of the old town, accessed by a beautiful horseshoe arch, combining Muslim and Christian elements.
Also, there are many examples of religious archituecture. The Parish Church of the Divine Saviour (dating back to the XIV-XV centuries), dominates the village from above and demonstrates a beautiful evolution of Gothic-Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque Art; the Church of the Conceptionist Nuns with the Arc of the Nuns; the Convent Hospice of San Francisco and in the outskirts, the Visigoth Chapel of Our Lady of Olives. Amongst these civil buildings stand the Baroque Palace of the Marquis of Tamaron and the family estate, both dating back to the XVIII Century, or the San Miguel Windmills (XIX Century). Only 9 kilometres away from the urban centre of Vejer de la Frontera is one of the most famous beaches on the Cadiz coast, El Palmar beach.
Día 6: FUERTE CONIL-COSTA LUZ - AEROPUERTO DE MÁLAGA
Breakfast in Fuerte Conil-Costa Luz
Departure to Malaga Airport
End of tour
About the destinations:
A paradise for beach and glamour lovers. On top of this, Marbella has the charm of a typical Andalusian village. In the old town, you can enjoy the lovely, narrow white streets.
Marbella is a cosmopolitan city. It is an ideal place to go shopping either at its numerous shops found in the city centre, in its several shopping centre or even at the glamorous Puerto Banús.
n Marbella, you will stay in: Fuerte Miramar:
The Hotel Fuerte Miramar is located only a 2-minute walk from Marbella's historic town centre and seafront.
A hotel with an exclusive Spa, equipped with the best relaxing treatments. Also you can enjoy the best dishes at its seafront Beach Club.
One of the most beautiful White Villages of Spain. Located in a unique and natural environment, ideal for unwinding while participating in one of the nature and leisure activities on offer; such as hiking, bird watching or cycling. If you love good food, Grazalema offers visitors the best dishes of the Sierra de Cadiz. In Grazalema, you will stay in: Fuerte Grazalema:
Located in the natural park of the Sierra de Grazalema, 20 kms from Ronda, one of our main attractions. Make yourself at home by the pool and Jacuzzi, with an outside sundeck and bedrooms with free Wi-Fi.
All bedrooms at the Hotel Fuerte Grazalema have a balcony or private terrace with superb views. All bedrooms also have air conditioning, a hairdryer, a minibar and satellite TV.
The hotel also has an animal farm and an organic garden.
Ronda is not just your traditional Tagus picture postcard but one of the most important tourist centres of Spain. Ronda is a landmark for all types of travellers due to its history, culture and traditions. It is also the birthplace of bullfighting, which you can enjoy in the oldest bullrings in the world, full of history and tradition.
In Medina you can enjoy the ´Open Countryside´ show where you'll get the chance to see the bulls in their natural habitat.
But Medina Sidonoia has even more to offer; it is built upon one of the most important historical and monumental cities in the province of Cadiz. Enjoy the beauty of its white streets, the trelliswork of its balconies and sample its wonderful artisan confectionary.
Conil de la Frontera
Conil de la Frontera is a traditional fishing village, with its 14kms of extensive and unsurpassed beaches with a historic centre denoting its Muslim past.
In Conil, you will stay in: Fuerte Conil-Costa Luz: located opposite one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, the Fontanilla Beach. It is a complex consisting of 469 modern guest rooms fully equipped with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. Also you can relax in its Spa, or just a short walk way, enjoy the pretty village of Conil de la Frontera.
Vejer de la Frontera
Another traditional finishing village in Cadiz that combines the beauty of the sea with the history, splendour and charm of inner Cadiz.