Private Journeys: Andalusia
Seville & the Food Artisans of Andalusia
Sevilla is the capital of Andalusia, Spain's sunny, seductive south. Here's our idea of the very best way to get to know the city's romantic charms. Followed by the perfect counterpoint: a trip to the countryside to delve deeper into this region's delicious way of life.
Start in our favorite small chic hotel in the historic Santa Cruz neighborhood, where flowers spill over stucco walls and it's an easy walk to the Alcázar Palace. Stop to breathe in the scent of orange blossoms in the Cathedral courtyard.
Take in the best tapas in town, sweet local shops, and a bustling neighborhood market.
Now you're ready for a mini-vacation in the countryside, with a posh hacienda homebase.
There, you'll meet a producer of Spain's luxurious acorn-fed Ibérico hams, visit a producer of high-end organic olive oil, and taste at one of the top boutique wineries in Spain—a place that will turn your head around on the subject of sherry.
Here is a balance of city and country, salty and sweet, the perfect exploration of Andalusia for anyone who loves good food and wine.
And all in the excellent company of Gerry Corbett, our hand-picked host and guide who has made Sevilla her home for over twenty years. What we love about her is that she hasn't stopped discovering Andalusia—and the joy to be found in that.
- 2 nights in a chic small hotel hidden in the old city
- 2 nights in a luxurious hacienda in the countryside
- All breakfasts; 3 lunches, including one at a city market and another at a farmhouse; 3 dinners, from tapas in the city's lively old town to quiet suppers on the hacienda terrace
- Two private guided strolls, in the historic Santa Cruz quarter and off the path to see less well-known local treasures
- In the city, you'll visit a market, a cloistered convent’s art collection, and the Alcázar palace
- In the country, you'll learn all about Spain’s fabled acorn-fed hams and how they’re cured, then head into the oak-dotted dehesa landscape for lunch with the proprietor of a beautiful private finca
- Delve into sherry and the culture surrounding it, stopping in at a palace in Jeréz and tasting at an outstanding boutique bodega (one that has its own impressive little art collection)
- Visit and taste at a family-owned olive estate where the groves are nurtured organically and superb oil is the result
- Transportation into the countryside and on all excursions from your homebase there. And back to Sevilla afterwards, of course