EXCURSIONS and ACTIVITIES

Are you interested in getting to learn a bit more about Rota, the region and its hinterland, maybe during a longer stay here with us?
Many excursions and activities present themselves as a perfect chance for that purpose. In the following brief, keyword-like selection, we would like to introduce some suggestions to you and would be delighted to come back to them, maybe in a personal conversation.

Fischmarkt in Cadiz
Altstadt von Cádiz mit Kathedrale

CÁDIZ:

A genuine "pearl" of the Atlantic, surrounded by the sea. Especially nice: the atmospheric Old Town with its beautiful squares, narrow streets and many sights and places of interest.. More

EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARÍA,

coastal city with a rich range of bars, restaurants and nightclubs. More

Ehemaliger Stadtpalast des Hauses Borbón-Orleans
Manzanilla-Sherrymarken

SANLÚCAR:

Small town at the mouth of the Guadalquivir river, with a rich legay of its cultural and historical past (Columbus, Magellan, Spanish Royalty, Goya, ...) Famous for its prawns and the typical Manzanilla sherry. More

Leuchtturm von Chipiona
Pinienwald bei Chipiona

CHIPIONA:

Small coastal town with beautiful sandy beaches. Highest and one of the oldest lighthouses in Spain.  More

Kathedrale von Jerez

JEREZ:

Center and largest city in the Sherry-growing region, with its famous wineries and headquarters of the Royal Riding School. In the near-by fincas: horse and bull breeding. Not to be missed: Feria del Caballo. More

SEVILLA:

Andalusian capital, the third largest city in Spain, one of the most exciting cities in Europe. Architecture, art, history, ...More

SIERRA DE GRAZALEMA:

Only about 70 km from Rota and easy to reach via motorway and scenic roads, you can discover a surprisingly different landscape which most travellers would not expect in Andalusia: mountains and valleys with a rich variety of fauna and flora. Follow the "Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos" to visit the most beautiful villages. More

 

Panoramablick in der Sierra de Grazalema
Zahara de la Sierra (Weisse Dörfer)
Wilde Pfingstrosen
Arcos de la Frontera

ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA:

one of the most beautiful towns of the Pueblos Blancos, gateway to the mountains of Grazalema

COTO DE DOÑANA:

one of the largest nature parks in Europe. Impressive diversity of fauna and flora. A paradise for ornithologists. Open to the public, but only in guided groups. Essential: booking in advance. More

 

Flamingos
Flusslandschaft am Guadalquivir
Golfplatz von Rota

GOLF:

The weather conditions are generally so good that they allow golf enthusiasts to practice their favourite sport throughout the year. This is a good reason for many golf players to spend the months from November to March in this region. The rich choice of golf courses in the province, all in easy reach from Rota, offer plenty of variety for players of all levels, from beginners to advanced players ("pros")

Golf courses (a choice): Costa Ballena (Rota); Montecastillo (Jerez); Montenmedio (Vejer-Barbate); Vista Hermosa (El Puerto de Sta. María); Sotogrande; Sancti Petri (Chiclana); Benalup.  More

Reiterfest im Pinar von Chipiona

HORSEBACK RIDING

Riding lessons and horseback riding tours are offered in Rota and Chipiona. For advanced and more demanding riders: we can introduce you to highly qualified riding professionals for training lessons, etc.
Famous among horse enthusiasts: the Royal Riding School in Jerez.

FLAMENCO:

If you are interested in flamenco, you are absolutely right in this part of Andalusia: Some of the most popular flamenco artists come from nearby villages and towns. Concerts and shows are being offered regularly, giving you the opportunity to experience the art of flamenco as a living tradition in constant evolution.  More

FIESTAS

The following festivals and events give you the chance to participate in the living tradition and culture of Andalusia.

 

Semana Santa (Holy Week, Easter)

The numerous brotherhoods organize penitent processions, in which each church displays their adorned Christ and Virgin Mary figures: the "Paso", as the stretcher is called, is carried through the town by the "Costaleros".
Ferias (Wine and Spring Festival)
All major towns and even villages in the area celebrate this kind of Spring Festival with inexhaustible enthusiasm for dancing, singing and drinking. Especially for this occasion, festively decorated and illuminated tent cities are set up. Highlights: Feria del Caballo in Jerez, Feria de la Manzanilla in Sanlucar.

 

El Rocío Pilgrimage

El Rocío is a festival with a religious background, which brings together thousands of believers every year at Pentecost. They take up the dusty and arduous path through the Coto de Doñana to reach a famous chapel in the village called El Rocío. "Hacer el camino", making the way, as they say, on horseback, on foot or in modern Land Rovers, which are packed with food and equipment for two weeks. The best way to witness the beginning of the pilgrimage is to come the banks of the Guadalquivir River in Sanlúcar and watch bullock carts, tractors, horses and people being carried on ferries to the other side of the river.

 

Carnival

The Carnaval de Cadiz, probably not too well known outside the borders of Spain, is, for Spaniards however, a synonym for satire, dance, rhythm and fun. After nearly a year of rehearsels, finally in February and March the long expected highlights are both the performances at the Teatro Falla in Cádiz (language skills required), and the elaborate, thematically always surprising parades, which may remind you of South America, especially Brazil.