Seville Province, Spain
When to go
The Seville region can be very hot in summer. Spring has fine weather and several of the year’s most important festivals, while autumn is warm and peaceful. The region enjoys plenty of sunshine, even in winter.
PlanesPick up a direct flight with EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) from London Gatwick.
TrainsSuper-fast AVE trains run from Madrid to Seville (two and a half hours; €65). The region’s local train network is limited and services can often be slow and infrequent.
AutomobilesIt’s worth hiring a car to visit Seville | the mountains and the beautiful beaches of the Costa de la Luz.
TaxisCabs are cheap and can be hailed in the street. They display a green ‘libre’ notice or green light at night.
With an utterly idyllic setting – rolling fields of sunflowers, cotton, olive trees, waving wheat – this stately countryside retreat between Seville and Jerez is the ideal spot for couples seeking Spanish seduction. A gleaming-white, cortijo-style country house, with foot-thick walls and huge shuttered windows, the Hacienda offers grandeur without a whiff of ostentation. The separate casitas offer real privacy: they're hidden from the main house and share a private pool and garden. And don’t worry about lingering in the linens the morning after – staff will serve breakfast on your verandah no matter what time you emerge…