Useful Links – About Spain
Tourism in Andalusia
Below are some external links that you may find useful.
Visita Sevilla – Official website for tourism in Seville
Andalucía – Official tourism website of Andalusia
Doñana National Park – Information about Doñana National Park
Costa de la Luz – Useful information about this area
Top Tour of Spain – Travel Guide to Spain
Seville Fair – Information about the Fair in Seville
Jerez Fair – Information about the Horse Fair in Jerez
Pilgrimage of El Rocío – Spain’s largest pilgrimage
Useful Links – Equestrian Sites
Associates and Guest Instructors at Hacienda Dos Olivos
Clínica Veterinaria Roncal – Our vets
Rachael Argo – Qualified Master Saddler and Saddle Fitter
Dos Compañeros Spanish Horses Inc. – Spanish Horse Stud in Nova Scotia, Canada
Sue Leffler – Senior Level IV Centered Riding Instructor
Selina Sasse – Yoga and Mindfulness.
The Spanish Horse
ANCCE – The National Purebred Spanish Horse Breeders’ Association
Royal Spanish Riding School at Jerez – Informative site on the riding school at Jerez.
Juan Carlos Altamirano – An informative and in depth historical information on the Purebred Spanish Horse.
Racing at Sanlucar – Thoroughbred and Arab racing on the beach during August.
Wow Saddles – Saddles with a flair system.
Useful Links – Other Sites
Never a Dull Moment!
Hacienda Dos Olivos is in a prime base from which you have the freedom to explore the beautiful sights, exciting attractions and events of Andalusia, and take part in some of the numerous leisure activities available in the area, as well as clinics and workshops at Dos Olivos itself.
You can enjoy the warmth, comfort and tranquility of the secluded Dos Olivos country house.
Traditional home cooked Andalusian cuisine is prepared for you by our Spanish cook with local produce, regional and Moorish flavours, ……..
The full enjoyment and experience of your stay at Dos Olivos does not only rest on its charm, peaceful tranquillity and beauty. Meet the Team, who host your stay.
Olive farming is the very essence of Andalusia and Spanish cuisine………
Situated in Andalucia, South of Spain, an area famed for its wonderful climate, cultural diversity and rich history.
Testimonials from guests who have stayed with us at Hacienda Dos Olivos.
Delicious Regional Flavours
At Hacienda Dos Olivos traditional home cooked Andalusian cuisine is prepared for you by our Spanish cook with local produce, regional and Moorish flavours, accompanied with good Spanish table wine and Spanish beer.
"Fantastic food and wine".
~ E. Stai, Norway
Dining at Hacienda Dos Olivos
In the mornings a hearty Spanish breakfast is served to you and combines fruit juice, freshly baked bread, biscuits and cakes, and olive oil on toast with Serrano ham and tomato.
Lunch may be taken in the garden and is a buffet including cold meats, salamis, breads, cheeses, salads, and a traditionally cooked dish.
Dinner is enjoyed by the pool on balmy summer evenings or in the Dos Olivos dining room. Vegetarian/other diets may be catered for on prior request.
Tapas (Spanish appetizers) of sustaining nibbles may be served beforehand, as meals come a little later here in Spain.
A Sample of our Dinner Menus
Ensalada de Espinacas Marroquí
Spinach leaves sautéed with olive oil, garlic, spices, and preserved lemons, Moroccan style.
Carne con almendras y manzanas
Veal baked with apples, almonds, solera wine and laurel.
Col Morada con Patatas
Colourful red cabbage and potatoes seasoned with a vinaigrette dressing.
A traditional Andalusian egg custard, topped with caramel.
A thick tomato based cold soup from Cordoba, with Serrano ham and eggs served on top.
Bacalao a la Roteña
Traditionally made in a terra cotta dish, the cod is simmered in rich flavours of Mediterranean vegetables.
Patatas con Romero
Oven roasted potatoes with extra virgin olive oil, a hint of salt and rich rosemary.
Arroz con Leche
Creamy Spanish rice pudding with a perfect blend of cinnamon and lemon.
Popular Hacienda Dos Olivos Recipes
Some of our favourite recipes
La Tortilla Paisana is a variant of the famous Spanish potato omelette where, in addition to potatoes, other vegetables such as carrots, peas or beans and serrano ham or chorizo are added. It can be served cold or hot, as a starter, appetizer or as a light meal.
Serves 4 - Difficulty: Easy
- 4 large potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 1/2 red pepper, chopped
- Peas (to taste)
- 1 chorizo, thinly sliced
- 4 eggs
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp chopped fresh Parsley
Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, cook the potatoes until translucent and firm. Drain on kitchen paper.
In the same frying pan, with less oil, sauté the onions and peppers. Add the peas, the chorizo and stir-fry.
In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs together with the parsley, season to taste. Gently stir in the potatoes, chorizo, onions, peppers and peas.
Wipe out the pan with kitchen paper and heat oil.
Pour the mixture into the pan and cook on low heat, until the egg begins to set. Use a wooden spatula to prevent the tortilla from sticking and allow the uncooked egg to run underneath.
Garnish with parsley
Pollo a la Andaluza
- 1 chicken, cut into small pieces and seasoned
- 1 big onion, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 mature tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
- 2 Laurel leaves
- 1 small glass of white wine
- 1 small glass of Jerez – Pedro Jimenez (optional)
- 1 cup of stock
- 12 - 15 toasted almonds
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped parsley
- Extra virgin olive oil
Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, fry the seasoned chicken until golden on all sides. Transfer the drained chicken pieces to a large casserole.
In the same oil over medium heat, fry the garlic and onions. When the onions are golden add tomatoes.
In a blender, place garlic, onions, tomatoes, almonds, parsley, eggs, saffron, white wine and blend to a crunchy texture.
Transfer the processed ingredients to the casserole with chicken, add Jerez and Laurel leaves, stock if it has not been used in the blender and season to taste.
Stir to mix the ingredients, so the flavours blend, and then place the casserole over a high heat. Bring to boil and cook for 5 or 10 minutes to reduce the sauce (depending on how thick you would like the sauce to be).
Turn heat down to low and simmer covered until the chicken is tender.
Garnish with parsley and serve with rice or fried bread.
Andalusian cuisine is a reflection of the rich history of different civilisations (Moors, Christians, Jews and Romans) that have lived in the southern part of the Iberian peninsula.
The most important were the Moors who inhabited this area for over seven centuries. They brought with them the tastes of honey, nuts, and different herbs and spices, dates, other fruits and vegetables.
You may sample a multitude of different flavours from small tapas to the well-known paella.
In the summer relief from the heat can be found in dishes, such as Gazpacho, a vitamin packed cold tomato soup, and a wide variety of salads, cold meats, fish and shellfish.
In the colder months, the Andalusian “estofado” (stews) and soups are welcome and warming, m
ade with various ingredients including meat, poultry, pulses and vegetables.
The desserts and pastries of Andalusia have also been influenced by the Moors and are a mouth watering array of sweet biscuits and treats flavoured with chocolate, honey, almonds, egg yolks, lemon and orange, cinnamon and vanilla.
A Traditional Andalusian Hacienda
At Hacienda Dos Olivos you can enjoy the warmth, comfort and tranquility of a secluded Spanish country house, within easy distance of some of Andalucia's most memorable attractions and sites of interest.
Whether you wish to:
- simply lounge by the swimming pool,
- revel in the seclusion and natural beauty of the estate
- sample the delights of our local wines and cuisine
- explore the historical and cultural sites nearby or
- take part in leisure activities and events
Dos Olivos will prove a relaxing and refreshing break with a memorable experience into some of the unique moments of Spanish rural living!
The entrance to the farm invites you up the picturesque driveway through the organic olive farm. This gives you time to take in your first captivating views of the house itself, a typical example of Spanish farmhouse design.
Named “Dos Olivos” ("Two Olive Trees") in memory of the only two olive trees removed when it was built from the 34 acre grove.
Blending both Spanish and Moorish styles, the country house is built around a traditional cobbled courtyard, with a patio at roof level, from which you can see fine views of this landscape of orange, almond and olive groves.
Gardens surround the house, offering shade under the palm trees, and the fun of a summer barbecue by the illumination of the salt-water swimming pool.
We have two double rooms in the main house and two self-catering cottages, where guests have the opportunity to be totally independent and yet enjoy the atmosphere of Dos Olivos. Our small number of guests ensures you of our personal attention and retains the intimacy of this private home.
The rooms with twin beds and each with its own bathroom, are set around a marbled interior patio which, with its shaded glass roof, water fountain and greenery, offers light and cool in the afternoons of the summer. This is a favourite place to relax and read or chat about your day over a glass of wine.
The lounge has high-beamed ceilings and a log fire for cooler evenings, which is shared by our candlelit dining room. Meals are enjoyed here, or in the gardens, beneath an olive tree.
La Casita I
“La Casita I”, is a cosy self-catering cottage within the complex with views across to the stables. It has one bedroom with twin beds, a bathroom, lounge/dining room with television and a well- equipped kitchen.
La Casita II
La Casita II, is a light and airy self-catering cottage adjacent to the main house with tranquil views over the olive grove and riding arena. It has two bedrooms with twin beds, a separate bathroom, lounge/dining room with television and a well-equipped kitchen.
Our stay was a wonderful time. The accommodation is perfect. The staff is composed of so nice and professional persons. Thanks for all of you”
~ T. & AS Chaudat, France
Rates for Accommodation.
Rates are quoted in € (euros), per night
- Main House – includes breakfast.
Double room (2 people sharing) – Peak season: €72.- / Rest of the Year: €59.-
- Self Catering – La Casita I (for 2 people)
Peak season: €76.- / Rest of the Year: €64.-
- Self Catering – La Casita II (for 4 people)
Peak season: €101.- / Rest of the Year: €89.-
- Additional bed: €15.-
Children up to 3 years: Free.
- Pet: €5.-
- Free Wifi Internet access available.
- Group rates: Available on request.
* Peak Season: Easter, June 15 to September 15, December 22 to January 7
The perfect way to end the day is to take in the stunning colours of the Andalusian sunset from the rooftop patio with a refreshing beer. As the sun finally sets the local villages come alive, creating oases of light in the gathering darkness.