Sometimes I work as a escort guide for day trips. It is always a pleasure to go with different groups to different towns because for me this is the perfect way to disconnect a little bit from the daily work as a tour guide in Seville and also to discover new places.
Some weeks ago the travel agencies Spain Top and Really Discover organized a winery tour for a family from New York and they asked me to be their escort guide. The first day consisted on exploring the area of the famous sherry wine in Sanlúcar de Barrameda, and the second day to discover some Andalusian red wines in Arcos de la Frontera, both towns in the province of Cadiz.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda is located in the mouth of Guadalquivir river and it looks across to the Doñana National Park and out on to the Atlantic Ocean. It is unknown to the majority of foreign visitors and so it maintains more of its local flavor than many coastal towns. It is the second most important sherry town. Among the many styles of sherry wine produced here, manzanilla stands out as a style of sherry made in a similar way to fino but lighter, often with a salty touch to it. The winery we visited was La Gitana, founded in 1972, where we tasted manzanilla directly from the barrel (“en rama”) and other sherry wines like fino, amontillao, oloroso and pedro ximénez. In that order wines go from bitter to sweeter and clearer to darker. As I like very dry wines, my favourites are always manzanilla and fino, but all of them are delicious.
Sanlucar is also known for its very fine seafood: langoustines, salt-cured tuna, fine fried fish, sea food and rice stew, oven-baked fish, etc.; and they marry perfectly with the finest manzanilla. Many seafood restaurants are located along the bank of the Guadalquivir estuary, in the street called Portico de Bajo Guía. The area was originally a town of fishermen and now it has turned into a street in the coastline full of seafood restaurantas. It is also the place which holds the horse races every August.
Pic from http://www.javiersanchezphotographer.co.uk/
We have been in Casa Bigote where the we enjoyed a lot. Langoustines and tuna where the appetizers and the rice, served served as main dish, were gorgeous. I would totally recommend this place because the food and the service are very nice and specially for the views towards the estuary and Doñana Park. Walking along the beach was the perfect way to have a good digestion.
It was a high pleasure to go to these places. In days like these I really love my job more than ever. Hope I will be hired for more original and gorgeous activities in the future.
Are you visiting Andalusia? Maybe I can help you to organize your trip or I can be your guide. Penelope