Our first stop in Jerez de la Frontera was of course the equestrian dressage show at Fundación Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre. For us horse lovers, it was very impressive, and the horses were absolutely beautiful.
The second stop was our lunch at Restaurante Albala, a typical tapas restaurant in the area. We ordered so many things that the waiters had no more room on the table to put the dishes. Special shout out to bull tail croquettes and tuna tartare with almonds and avocado.
In the late afternoon, we arrived at our hotel located about 20 minutes away from the centre, on a country road. The hotel was called Casa Vina de Alcantara. It looks like an old mansion with a huge garden in the back. We enjoyed their beautiful pool in the middle of the gardens all the rest of the afternoon and again the next morning before leaving. Excellent breakfast served on the terrace at the time of our convenience.
After our excellent dinner in Molino del Arco and the beautiful swimming pool at Casa Vina de Alcantara, we did not stop there. Instead, we made a stopover between Jerez de la Frontera and Seville, at the Hacienda de San Rafael that I knew from an article by Condé Nast Traveler. I called in the morning to see if it was possible to have lunch on the way to Seville. There was no problem, they even sent directions to find the place. It was a real pleasure to stop there. The manager greeted us with a glass of fresh lemonade in their living room. She then made us a nice tour of the hotel (it's huge: they have 4 pools, and it is possible to rent a detached villa). We had our lunch in the shade in the gardens. The tapas were great. Special shout out to grilled octopus with chili pepper. The manager also told us that we could use the pool if we wished. We will definitely return there for a short stay.