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Spend 3 days discovering the secrets of classic Andalusian tapas, fish and seafood, and meats. Combine everything to a winery visit where you will have a wine tasting. The cooking classes are fun-filled and extremely informative. Come to Andalusia for this unique cooking experience and for the perfect excuse to discover the beautiful area of Chiclana de la Frontera and the coast of Cdiz!
The Cortijo contains 2 separate houses: Casa Verde and Casa Roja. Each of the property comprise large size bedroom and en-suite bathroom. Both of them have a comfortable double bed and double sofa bed. They are equipped with air-conditioning, Wi-Fi internet access, kettle, microwave, fridge, TV, DVD player, radio, iron and hair dryer. The maximum capacity is for 3 adults or 2 adults and 2 kids for each house.
A travel cot is available for babies and toddlers. The interior of the houses is newly decorated and combine old Andalusian and Moroccan rustic style with modern features. Outside you will find various seating areas, depending on your need for sun or shade. El Cortijo is children friendly - a garden provides safe playground for children and pets, a private swimming pool, small kids pool and hot tube are enclosed with a small wooden fence.
The roof terrace is a great place to relax, you will find there sun launchers, comfortable swing chair and a dining table where you can have your breakfast. Also, there is summer kitchen with barbeque area and dining table for your use to enjoy eating and cooking outside during your holidays. The private car park will take at least 3 cars and additional 2 are available in front of the main entrance.
This retreat will take place in Chiclana de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain.
You will cook and enjoy authentic Spanish dishes. All the meals and drinks consumed during your stay are included. Whether its breakfast at Cortijo Flamingos or lunch and coffee along your excursions, you have Cortijo Flamingos have included everything for you. They source only fresh and seasonal ingredients mostly from their own garden, fish and meat from local markets.
This touristic route was created to celebrate 7th century of the town. They were chosen for their dramatic views and great historical importance.
El Carrascal: you can see the 3000-year-old town of Medina Sidonia and inland landscape.
Ermita de Santa Ana: a hermitage from the 18th century standing on a hill. It is probably the most representative building in town. Due to its position it can be seen from miles away. Great views can be enjoyed from there over Chiclana, the Baha de Cdiz, the coast and sea. The tower was used as a lookout point in case of Vikings and Moors attacks.
La Espartosa: the whole area looks as if it has been untouched by time. Its completely unspoiled, is covered with carob trees, cork oaks and dwarf evergreens.
La Loma de Puerco where the battle of Chiclana took place in 1811 during the war against Napoleon.
Temple of Hercules - Melkart: the most important monument in the history of Chiclana would be the most famous temple in the old times. It existed in the times of the Phoenicians and Romans on the little island of Sancti Petri. On its site the castle of Sancti Petri was built in 18th century. It is a magical view at the time of spring and autumn when the sun sets just behind the tower.
The Miralmar: located on a hill, just off the road to Conil. From here, there are great views to Chiclana. You can see the Atlantic Ocean, the bay and all the surrounding area.
The Wetlands: including the salt marches were always very important areas for the Chiclaneros because of salt, fish and seafood. You can see them from roof terrace in Cortijo Flamingos.
The Bay of Cdiz is a complex of natural parks and an important Ramsar site, and one of the best examples of Atlantic tidal marshes in the Iberian Peninsula. The position of the site between Doana and the Gibraltar Straights help to make the bay one of the most important coastal wetlands in southern Europe. Natural habitats also include sandy beaches and rocky islets. The bay of Cadiz is a crucial stopover site for migrating, breeding and wintering water birds, hosting more than 1% of 14 different East Atlantic populations. The bay is crucial for spawning, nursery and feeding for a number of commercially important fish.
Andalusia has many resident birds and also attracts many migrants. The mountains host many large birds of prey such as griffon vultures and various eagles. The salt marshes have flamingos, spoonbills, black-backed stilts, green shanks, bee-eaters and many other waders. Flamingos can be seen almost every day from Cortijo Flamingos. Watching them landing, taking off and flying over the villa is unforgettable view. There is a visitors' center in Chiclana de la Frontera - Salinas de Chiclana - which organizes summer camps, workshops and educational activities every Sunday.
This port city is almost entirely surrounded by water. It is connected to the mainland only by a thin strip of land. This city beats to the rhythm of the waves along its shores. With its promenades, seaport alleys and a zesty yet easygoing approach to life, it is a city with a distinctively marine flavor. This is a place where music, laughter and chatter constantly fill the sea air. The oldest part of Cdiz, within remnants of the city walls, is called Casco Antiguo, the historical quarter. It is particularly beautiful, with an old world charm. The different barrios (Spanish quarters) play a strong part in giving the old town its distinctive personality and flavor.
There is the El Populo district, which is originally an old medieval village from where Christopher Columbus was leaving on his second trip in 1493. The El Populo quarter is filled with narrow alleyways and craggy, weather-beaten palaces, a place where you can take a leisurely walk while munching on some fried fish and squid. In 1980 there was a fire in Populo district causing catastrophic damage. In the aftermath of the fire, en existing discovery was made - the remains of an ancient Roman theatre. The original theatre was constructed by order of Lucius Cornelius Balbus during the 1st century BC. It is the second largest Roman theatre in the world.
Chiclana city center is only 5 minutes away from Cortijo Flamingos. It is an agricultural and traditional town of Andalusia. Its urban structure is of a typical Andalusian style, with narrow streets and courtyards full of flowers. The population of Chiclana is 76000 (in 2008). Chiclana was successively colonized by the Phoenicians, the Greeks and the Romans and was located in the upper middle ages on the border (in Spanish, "frontera"), between the Muslim and Christian states.
Coast route: the province of Cadiz's location at the southernmost point of the Iberian peninsula and its magnificent climate have made it a coveted place throughout the centuries and the Tirios, Tartessians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Visigoths or Arabs have all passed through here. Its appeal goes beyond its 200 km of the finest, golden sand to be found in the peninsula.
Flamenco route, Camaron's route: in San Fernando, the birthplace of the ill-fated Jos Monge "Camaron de la Isla", a sentimental journey will take you back along the life of this mythical figure from the world of flamenco.
Wine tour: the Cdiz wine route, which is one of the province's outstanding tourist attractions, reveals the unusual vineyard landscape, the solid architecture of the wineries and the authentic ageing systems of the most outstanding types of wines. It is a true personal experience!
When two large recipients such as the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea meet in just one and only place and with just a mere 14 kilometers dividing it, it is no surprise that there must be something special going on. The sheer diversity between temperatures, salt contents, currents and natural environment of these two water stretches, generate two distinct animal habitats which, curiously enough, need each other to survive. So many species on land and water use this connecting point to enter new environments for breeding, feeding or simply protection and Tarifa's strategic position is ideal to see all this happening.
The nearest airports to the location are Faro Airport - Portugal (FAO), Gibraltar Airport (GIB), Jerez Airport (XRY), Malaga Airport (AGP) and Seville Airport (SVQ).
The bus station in Chiclana is situated in Plaza Andaluca. The most popular connections from/to Chiclana are those with Sevilla, Madrid and Mlaga. From these destinations you can reach all the parts of Spain. There is a Belizon y Rodriguez bus service in Chiclana de la Frontera and surroundings, one way adult ticket costs EUR 1.5. You can also take a bus from Chiclana bus station to Cortijo Flamingos - it is bus number 10 in direction Pinar Franceses. From the last stop there it is about 10-minute walk.
The nearest train station to the location is Cadiz train station.