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Stay at our delightful Spanish house, Casa Verde, in the lovely village of Sanlucar de Guadiana in Huelva, Spain for a minimum of 7 nights between the 1st October (incl half term) and the 30th November  2019, and receive a discount of 20% off the rental. No fixed changeover days. Sleeps 8.

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Gnaoua World Music Festival 2019

Thursday 20th – Saturday 23rd June 2019

Each year, the pretty fishing port of Essaouira comes to life with the rhythmic beats of the Gnawa World Music Festival.

This charming 18th century port town with its whitewashed houses and iconic blue window shutters swells in size as it plays host to Morocco’s biggest summer festival.
Why not stay at le Jardin des Douars and enjoy this mix of rhythmic music and dancing?

Market Day

Just about a 20 minute drive from Casa Verde, do visit Castro Marim Market on the Costa Esuri.
Selling everything, on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Sanlúcar de Guadiana

Festival do Contrabando (Smuggling Festival)

Friday 29th to Sunday 31st March 2019

This festival, now in its third year and features a floating bridge linking Alcoutim in Portugal to Sanlúcar de Guadiana in Spain providing the unique opportunity for visitors to take a stroll across the water and visit their neighbouring country. The rest of the year you just have to take a water taxi! Three days of fun, history and art provide a lively and exciting weekend.

Stay at Casa Verde and enjoy all the festivities.

El Rocio Pilgrimage

El Rocio Pilgrimage – Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th May 2019

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.

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.

Spanish holiday cottage

Feria de Abril Fiesta

Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th May 2019

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. 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.

Ayamonte Carnival

Ayamonte Carnival – just 20 minutes from Casa Verde, this festival on the street is one big parade and if you go to see it then some sort of costume is expected.

Carnival ends with the Burial of the Sardine, which is usually a giant cardboard sardine set on fire at the end of the parade. The sardine represents Judas, the disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ.

Festival of the Partridge

The Festival of the Partridge and other game, is an annual festival in October at Mertola.

This stunning town, with cobbled streets climbing up to the 13th century castle, is a great place to visit. Just 40km from Sanlucar de Guadiana.

Festa de Alcoutim

Alcoutim Festival will be held in September 2019 – the 65th Festival, filled with music, dancing and events.

All located in the Portuguese village on the other side of the Rio Guadiana, just a 3 minute river crossing from Casa Verde.