Hacienda de San Rafael - Seville, Spain

Outdoor Activities

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Hot Air Ballooning - Arcos de la Frontera

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The ballooning company will carefully monitor weather conditions before confirming the flight. As ideal flying conditions tend to be in the early morning passengers will need to set off from the Hacienda or Hotel very early. The balloon takes off from a point just outside Arcos de la Frontera, one of the famous white villages and during the flight will sail over the breathtaking scenery of the lowlands that stretch up into the sierras.  
The balloon flight lasts for approximately one hour. We recommend you take warm clothes and your camera. You may wish to spend the rest of the morning visiting some of the other white villages and enjoying a drive through the stunning countryside of the Sierra.

Walks in the Grazalema Natural Park with Guy Hunter-Watts

For a great day of walking in the beautiful Grazalema Natural Park, Guy Hunter-Watts will be your guide and give you a privileged insight into life in the sierra: its flora and fauna, folklore, geology and history as well as being shown some of its most beautiful mountain trails. Walks are tailored to meet guests needs but generally leave from Grazalema or Montejaque, two of the parks prettiest villages. 

Bird watching, Doñana National Park, Huelva

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Doñana National Park, one of Europe´s most important wetland reserves. It was once the hunting ground for the kings of Castille and later the dukes of Medina Sidonia made it their private hunting ground too.  
The vast wilderness supports an unrivalled wealth of fauna with 125 bird species resident there. The delta waters of the Doñana flood in winter and then drop in the spring when they draw hundreds of flocks of breeding birds making this area a bird watchers paradise.  At last count there were 15 breeding pairs of the imperial eagle.  In spring one can see red-rumped swallows, bee eaters, egrets, herons, marsh harriers and kites, in summer you are more likely to see the griffon vulture, hoopoe, larks, booted and short toed eagles. ´Other animals found within the Doñana are the Iberian lynx (although they are close to extinction) and the Egyptian mongoose. There are also badgers, rabbits, otters, wild pigs, red deer and fallow deer.   
Experience this wealth of nature with our recommended private guide enjoying a half day excursion through the park in your personal landrover with many stops throughout. A picnic can be especially prepared by the hotel.
Please note; It takes approximately 1.5 hours to drive to El Rocio from the Hacienda and approximately 1 hour from
Corral del Rey, and the guided visit means an early start as the meeting time is 8.30am. This is recommended in order to see as many bird species as possible.

Bike Tours, Seville

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Seville is a fantastic city to explore by bike. It is flat, offers dedicated cycle lanes and is often sunny. We offer private tours with Sam Lister of Tailormade Andalucia. Sam will show you around some of the most interesting and alluring sights of Seville. You will visit Triana market, the Plaza de San Francisco, the Jewish quarter, the old tobacco factory, the Plaza de España and pass by key city monuments. At regular intervals the guide will stop to explain the history and importance of each site on the route.
The tour lasts approximately 3,5 hours and you will cover 10km travelling at a leisurely pace with regular stops.

Electric Bike Tours, Seville

This is a really fun way to tour Seville as these electric bikes require little effort from the rider and reach speeds of
25km/h. It also means you can cover a lot of ground and explore parts of Seville that are off the beaten track. Your
local guide will bring the city to life with fascinating stories and intriguing anecdotes.
The tour lasts approximately 3 hours.

Private Boat Trip Guadalquivir River Seville

In times gone past, Seville’s Guadalquivir River was frequented by witches, gypsies, merchants and sailors. Unfortunately for the witches, they were being taken to the San Jorge castle, home of the Spanish Inquisition. Merchants came upriver from the Atlantic Ocean, and sailors milled around the docks, eagerly awaiting the call of captains such as Christopher Columbus, ready to embark on dangerous voyages in search of new lands and treasures.

Your guide will escort you to a luxury 11 seater cruise boat with comfy sofas. The boats all have heating for cool mornings or chilly evenings. Cruising quietly along, you will enjoy views of numerous emblematic landmarks such as the Triana bridge, the bullring and the San Telmo palace to name but a few. Your guide will tell you all about the fascinating history of Seville and its river whilst you enjoy a cool glass of wine or beer. Due to the small size of our boat, you can choose to disembark wherever you like along the river. A light lunch can be arranged on board if required.


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