Enter the cloistered comfort of an old monastery in the historic El Puerto de Santa Maria - famous for its excellent tapas and sherry. The picturesque...... more
Enter the cloistered comfort of an old monastery in the historic El Puerto de Santa Maria - famous for its excellent tapas and sherry. The picturesque Andalucian town, with its whitewashed buildings, lies among pinewoods and beaches on the bay of Cadiz, where locals are devoted to food and flamenco. This area in the south-west of Spain is said to enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine a year. The Monasterio de SanMiguel is a perfect base for exploring the area's rich culture and cuisine, though there's enough in the rambling hotel to keep you intrigued. This atmospheric, 18th century monastery is the kind of place you can idle away an afternoon. Once you've explored its prayer halls, holy icons, paintings and antique furniture, you can wander through its walled courtyard, swim in the outdoor pool and eat dinner under domed ceilings. Despite its position in the centre of the town, it's quiet and spacious. The monastery is just one kilometre from the beach and harbour, from which Columbus famously sailed on his second voyage to the Americas. You'll be near the famous restaurant strip Ribera del Marisco ("The seafood seaside") where there is no shortage of delicious tapas. El Puerto is said to be one of the corners of the so-called "sherry triangle" - quite the drink du jour - so make sure you try some of the dry, pale Fino.With 17 daily services, you can easily take the catamaran over to the laid-back city of Cadiz, where you'll find beautiful cobbled streets, pastel-painted buildings and celebrated restaurant, El Faro.To see what's included, please select the offers below.
Advantages: Superb horses and some great eye candy for the ladies Disadvantages: Horrible fod, revolting wine, uncomfortable seats and miserable staff
...Castillo San Miguel
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Whilst on holiday in Tenerife this summer 2007, our tour representative did a reasonable job on her sales pitch by convincing me to book another of her excursions. Not only had I just booked a Catamaran cruise...
Advantages: reasonable strength, refreshing, tasty, cheap. Disadvantages: not for repeated consumption.
...San Miguel Premium is a very tasty lager beer thats got a really sweet, refreshing aftertaste that is great for the cash. If you fancy a bit of a change, it is definitely worth a try. Like any alcohol, it is best enjoyed in moderation. However this one moreso, as it starts to get a little bit sickly after the third or fourth pint. It is something to drink between different beers, if not on its...
Advantages: Loud and lively atmosphere Disadvantages: Slow service
...As a resident of Greenwich, I have tried many restaurants in the area but undoubtedly the San Miguel Tapas Restaurant has the worst customer service in Greenwich. A friend and I booked well ahead of time a table in this restaurant only to find ourselves waiting half an hour for our table. We stood waiting for our table with no notice from the staff to how long we were going to wait. The lack...