The nearest airports are Jerez and Seville (San Pablo), both 45 minutes away by road. Grab a taxi or hire a car at the airport.
Santa Justa station, in the centre of Seville, offers high-speed links to Madrid and Córdoba, as well as connections with Granada and Cadiz.
One of the hotel’s specialities is organising bespoke excursions within a 45-minute drive, but to explore the area yourself, you’ll need your own car. Hire one from the airport, and park for free at the hotel.
If you're driving to the hotel for the first time, make sure to get full directions before you depart – the Hacienda isn't easily visible from the road. (It's 200 metres past the 'zona de servicio' sign before the Respol petrol station at Cruce de Las Cabezas, and the entrance is opposite the small Madisma building. Look out for the two white posts and a line of olive trees leading to the house.)
Worth getting out of bed for
The hotel can arrange a staggering array of activities with local experts: tours of local bodegas; wine tasting; bike tours; bird watching in Doñana National Park; guided walks in the Grazalema Natural Park; half-day cookery classes with a published chef; excursions to the Sierra de Aracena; tapas tours; private city guides; photography courses; sailing trips; game fishing; kite surfing; surfing; tickets to equestrian ballet; visits to a stud farm; countryside treks. Day trips to Seville, Jerez or Cadiz are possible and trips to the historic city of Ronda and the White Villages.
Up in the mountains, Mesón el Tabanco in the village of El Bosque (+34 956 716 081) does excellent game dishes in a rustic setting. Egaña Oriza on Calle San Fernando in Seville (+34 954 227 211) is one of the city’s finest restaurants, serving Andalucian and Basque cuisine. Also in Jerez, La Tasca on Calle Paraíso (+34 956 31 03 40) has delicious fish and shellfish. The stew is particularly good.
Bar Juanito on Pescadería Vieja in Jerez (+34 956 334 838) is one of the city’s best tapas bars, with more than 50 dishes.