Leisure

WHAT TO DO…

                             …before, after – and even during the conference

STARRY SPANISH NIGHT…

Sunday at 20.30 – we provide transport from the conference hotel

Join us for the conference dinner on a Spanish Horse-Breeding Hacienda, Yeguada El Chaparral, in the Andalusian countryside. There we will enjoy Andalusian music and Spanish food – not to talk about wines – in the lush setting of a lovely, romantic restaurant off the beaten track.

Don’t miss the opportunity to network in the relaxed atmosphere, enjoy some of the best food the region has to offer, and experience the laid-back atmosphere of a real Andalusian hideaway: then, dance the rest of the night away……

Book the dinner on the registration form – there will be a few tickets available on the conference site if you want to bring somebody to accompany and enjoy the night with you.

Hasta la vista en la noche español!

Towns

Sevilla
Possibly the most beautiful town in Europe, standing on the banks of the Guadalquivir, it’s only 90 train minutes away. See the Alcazar, a stunning Moorish palace, wander through the romantic streets of the old Jewish quarter of Santa Cruz, admire the cathedral and the Giralda, where Islam and Christianity are combined, visit the market hall in the former gypsy quarter of Triana (and see a lunch time flamenco show), take a boat trip on the river, be awed by the majestic buildings of Plaza de España or get lost in the tapas bars…. If you travel with children, you could treat them to a trip to Isla Mágica, a fantastic theme park.
Cádiz
The Phoenician town, one of the oldest in Europe, is only a local bus trip away. According to mythology, Cádiz was founded by Hercules, and was the only Spanish town not conquered by the French in the Napoleonic wars. The old town is composed of narrow streets that lead to beautiful plazas, which invite you to sit down and watch the world go by. If you stay up late, you can see an authentic flamenco show in the old town
Córdoba
A bit further afield, but well worth a visit (easily reachable by train), where you can see an ancient mosque converted to a cathedral and wander through the narrow streets of the old town, shop for Moroccan inspired handicraft and sample the region’s black rice.
Granada
Tu tierra está llena de lindas mujeres de sangre y de sol

What more needs to be said?

Ronda
The breath-taking gorge, the bull-ring, the museum of mountain bandits, and a very special red wine, only produced in small quantities around the city.
Málaga
If you think this is just a place for charter tourists, think again. The tourists head off for the beach, while the town has amazing cultural hotspots: The Picasso museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Carmen Thyssen Museum. You might consider flying to or from Malaga, and spending a day here, before you catch your flight.
Jerez de la Frontera
Home of sherry wine. Go and visit bodegas, see the old castle and try the excellent tapas in the bars in the old (or new) town. You can also see a show with the beautiful Andalusian dancing horses at the royal equestrian school there, or a fantastic flamenco show.

The white Andalusian hill-top villages

First of all, Vejer de la Frontera, with its beautiful views over cotton fields, wind mills and mountains, a first class Moroccan restaurant (El Jardin del Calife), and an enchanting medieval quarter with narrow streets and ancient buildings. It’s just 20 minutes from Chiclana, and there is a regular bus.

Chiclana de la Frontera itself is a small very Spanish town with an excellent market hall that is a must-see, particularly if you are preparing your own food, or looking for some delicatessen to take home.

Other day trips

See the apes in Gibraltar and the migrating birds crossing the Atlantic at Tarifa, go whale and dolphin watching, take the ferry to the bazars of Tangier (less than an hour each way: passport needed), and visit the places of Sharpe’s battles in Barrosa and Trafalgar.

If you are a flamenco fan, you should not miss a visit to the nearby town of San Fernando, where you can visit the home, tavern and grave of Spain’s most famous flamenco singer Cameron de la Isla.

We will arrange special prices for different personalised tours with our travel agency (information will come soon to this web-page), but most trips can also be made using public transport.

Evenings
Taste the unique tuna and Iberian ham specialities in one of the many restaurants, see a flamenco show and watch the sun go down from the esplanade bars overlooking the sea.

Sport

Golf
Andalusia I known for its wide range of golfing facilities. There are three golf courses and a pitch-and-put nearby. We have special offers for golf enthusiasts, on Sancti Petri Hills golf course (designed by MANUEL PIÑERO).

  • Free shuttle bus from the conference hotel
  • Renting of clubs 25 € (training clubs are free)
  • Training session with an English speaking golf pro, 90 minutes, taster, intermediate or advanced in groups up to 10 people, 5 € pp
  • One-on-one electronic swing analysis, 25 €/hour
  • Training round on golf course with golf pro 25 €/hour
  • Reduced green fee for playing the course
  • Special price to buy the electronic analyser for swing and putting, or get 50% off if you buy it together with a lesson.
Walking
Go walking or rock climbing in the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and the Alcornocales Natural Park, where you can see cork oaks, a lush green vegetation, and have a fresh trout for lunch. You’ll need your own transport to here, or book an excursion with us.
Water sports
The water temperature of the sea is over 20 degrees Celsius at this time of the year, and La Barrosa is one of the most beautiful beaches of Spain – just swim, paddle, kayak or surf
Other
You can rent a bicycle, play tennis and padel, go horse riding through the pine forests, walk in the salt marches and try out archery. And after all that, relax in the spa of the conference hotel.
We can arrange for you lessons in scuba diving, surfing, kite surfing and also in flamenco dancing!

With so much to do: Why don’t you take your family and stay a bit longer?