Lost corners and Mediterranean flavors are waiting to be discovered in Croatia and Montenegro, two of the most desired and unknown destinations in Europe. Our objective? Exploring the terrain to create a spectacular trip for a group of 150 people, celebrating the arrival of the long-awaited normalcy and the wonderful fact of being able to travel together again.
Jerez de la Frontera
A stroll through the historic center and the food market is a must. In this neoclassical quadrangle we can find fruit and vegetable and fish stalls (more than 50 stalls each), meats, olives and even a fishing stall.
In addition, you cannot miss a visit to the wineries where the famous sherry is produced. Specifically at the Hotel Bodegas Tío Pepe (the first hotel in the world to sherry) you can not only stay, you can also take a guided tour and taste a delicious menu both at noon and in the evening.
Nor should you miss the hotel Casa Palacio María Luisa, a luxury concentrated in a small hotel perfectly located in the area and with a French touch.
City of Cadiz
Walking through the city of Cadiz allows you to see, on the one hand, the influence of the Phoenicians who were the founders of the city 3,000 years ago and on the other hand, the golden age of the city where it became the monopoly of trade with the new world. This period gave the city a cosmopolitan image, full of languages and a bourgeois touch and full of nuances in its tastes and habits. This is reflected, for example, in the buildings in the old town. But the avant-garde is now also established in its surroundings and Aponiente is a good proof of it. Ángel León’s restaurant, located in Puerto de Santa María, has a great trajectory and has achieved 5 Michelin stars and 3 Soles from the Repsol Guide. Dishes such as sea urchin with sea honey, moray eel with Pedro Ximénez or mullet roe for dessert make this restaurant a reference throughout the community of Andalusia.
Natural Park of the Breña and Marshes of Barbate
This is a maritime-terrestrial park of 5077 hectares, 1152 marine and 3925 terrestrial, which protects the pine forest of La Breña, between Los Caños de Meca and Barbate. If you visit, you can learn about the principles and culture of estuary fish farming, based on a daily fishing on demand concept.
It is on the coasts of this area (and Zahara de los Atunes and Tarifa, which we will see later) where every year bluefin tuna spawn and are caught with the ancient technique of the almadraba. To taste the best red tuna in Barbate, you have to go to the restaurant El Campero, where they serve the best tuna of the land, as well as other wild fish such as bocinegro or romerete and delicacies such as fresh carabineros.
Zahara de los Atunes
Belonging to Barbate, its light and charm have a special prominence. You can visit its Equestrian Center El Jibbah to take a horse and stroll along its beaches. That of the Germans is the favorite paradise of the ‘gaditas’ (a term used to define the Gaditanos who are also proud of their land).
Another of the charms of Zahara de los Atunes is its gastronomic and accommodation offer: El Vapor or the restaurant of the Hotel Antonio are a must. And if you want to stay in heaven itself, try the Swim Up room at the Zahara Beach 5* hotel, from the bed to the (private) pool and from the pool to the bed.
White villages of Tarifa and Vejer de la Frontera
Tarifa is par excellence the best kitesurfing spot in Spain. Here we will find beaches with a lot of atmosphere, wind and some waves. You can also visit the Natural Park of the Strait of Gibraltar, the archaeological site of Baelo Claudia or the peculiar Hispano-Muslim architecture of Vejer de la Frontera.
This area is very influenced by the Muslim world, so much so that one of the gastronomic delights of the area is La Casa del Califa, where you can taste typical Moroccan dishes and where you can stay in one of its fascinating suites whose decor is inspired by Africa.
The Costa de la Luz has infinite secrets like these… be sure to discover them!
FDO: Elena Fernández