Sanlúcar de Guadiana

Smugglers Festival 2018

Smugglers Festival 2018 – March 23 and 25.

This event attracting thousands to the usually sleepy town of Alcoutim and its Spanish neighbour across the water Sanlúcar de Guadiana,  celebrates the communities’ mutual history of late-night smuggling and includes a pedestrian floating bridge built across the river linking the two villages for the weekend.

Stay at Casa Verde and enjoy all the festivities.

El Rocio Pilgrimage

El Rocio Pilgrimage – weekend of 18th to 21st May 2018

For most of the year the small hamlet of El Rocío is just about as deserted a place as you could wish to find. Its wide, sandy streets are lined with impressively large houses complete with verandahs but they are usually uninhabited except at the time of the pilgrimage.

It’s the pilgrimage which brings El Rocío to life, the Romería Del Rocío, perhaps Spain’s biggest festival where everyone arrives on foot or by horse and cart or donkey. Processions and bands and live music fill the squares.

Essaouira Festival 2018

Essaouira Festival

Essaouira Festival 2018 – the 21st Gnawa festival is on at Essaouira from 21st to 24th June, 2018.

Amazing artists, crazy atmosphere, great music and dancing! It is a rich Moroccan mix of ancient African Islamic spiritual religious songs and rhythms, combining poetry with traditional music and dancing.

The music is performed in the evenings as a 3 night festival of celebration.

Stay at the Jardin des Douars…….. you won’t be disappointed!

Gnawa Festival 2017

Gnawa festival is on at Essaouira from June 29th to July 1st 2017.

Amazing artists, crazy atmosphere, great music and dancing! Stay at the Jardin des Douars…….. you won’t be disappointed!

Arab Festival

From May 18th to 21st the cobbled streets of medieval Mértola will see the return of the biannual Arab festival.
A small but imposing castle overlooks the jumbled mix of white houses and a picturesque church that was once a mosque.
With streets covered in fabric awnings and the smells of incense, sandalwood, mint tea, and spices; music from a lute mixes with the beat of a darbuka.
Festival nights are a clear invitation to discover new sounds… come and stay at Casa Verde and explore all that Andalucia has to offer.

'Smugglers' Fiesta in Alcoutim and Sanlucar de Guadiana (Spain and Portugal)

‘Smugglers’ Fiesta 2017

The ‘Smugglers’ Fiesta in Alcoutim and Sanlucar de Guadiana (Spain and Portugal) are always good places for fiestas and this one is to include a floating bridge spanning the river – could be interesting! – and all sorts of other events.

Over the weekend March 24 25 & 26.
Stay at Casa Verde and enjoy the festivities.

Festival Gnaou 2017

Dates have just been announced for the Festival Gnaoua (, 29th June to 20th July 2017.

Stay at the hotel Le Jardin des Douars or the villas, and take full advantage of this amazing music festival.

BA flights to Faro

As well as flights from Heathrow, Gatwick and London City, BA is to start flights from Stansted to Faro this summer.
Another opportunity to get to Casa Verde – just a 70 minute drive from Faro airport. A couple of weeks are still available for August 2016………….

New Moroccan Photography Trip

Fancy some photography? Fancy the colours of Morocco?
We are offering a 4 day photographic trip to Essaouira in Morocco (featured in our Southern Escapes collection) called ‘From Sea to Plate’. This is a great opportunity to travel in and around the stunning fishing port and medina, with a friendly commercial photogrpaher – Toby Savage – and take those great photos with confidence and help. Direct flights from Luton to Essaouira this is a great opportunity to try something new!
Those not wishing to participate in the photography course are very welcome too, as there will be a range of activities to take part in as well.
The trip costs £580.00 per person for 4 nights staying at the lovely Jardin des Douars, excluding flights but including all meals, transfers and hotel room (sharing). Join me and Toby….the dates are Tuesday September 27th to Saturday October 1st.

Spanish holiday cottage

Feria de Abril Fiesta

The Feria de Abril is a great time to see what many consider the typical Andalucia – sherry, Sevillanas, toros, flamenco dresses and horses. This large fiesta based in Seville lasts days and for 2016 is on April 12th to 17th. Why not stay at Casa Verde, just an hour and half from Seville, and take a day to enjoy all Seville offers, whilst spending the remaining time enjoying this hidden part of Andalucia.

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