August for me is about re connecting with Andalusia - my family home of 20 years. Taking this time off with my family and friends revitalises me for the start of the busy season ahead.
My family home is in a small pueblo blanco set on the edge of a national park where vultures circle and cicadas sing under the heat of the sun, in the foot hills of Andalucia.
The river flows past us after its journey from the high Sierra Nevada creating secret pools to cool off and swim in amongst terrapins, snakes and bushes bursting with colourful Oleander flowers.
Our home is the oldest town house in the pueblo with numerous beautiful Moorish features and internal shady courtyards. It’s a perfect home to entertain and reunite our family and have as a base whilst adventuring and exploring around Andalusia.
For day trips and local adventures we love to explore the mountains around us for early morning hikes. Seeing the sunrise and having coffee and tostada con tomate with the locals drinking brandy in the rural bars is a fun start to the day. One of our favourite places to cool off after a long hike is known locally as the 9th wonder of the world.
Canyon de las Buietras or "Canyon of the vultures"
A magical canyon accessible by an hours steep hike with crystal clear water carved out by the winter currents through two mountain ranges.
We love to eat at the various tapas bars in the evenings and enjoy the local ferias and towns festivities. I love seeing the boys proudly riding their horses with their sisters or beautiful girlfriends side saddle with flowers in their hair.
We love exploring beaches and discovering secret coves along the Atlantic coast over looking Morrocco.
One favourite place to visit is a little bay beyond Punta Paloma where you walk through a pine forest to reach. Here you have quiet white sandy beaches and clear blue seas. This is the area where they fish Tuna. The seafood along the coast is delicious and my favourite tapas is white bonito tuna with spicy green peppers.
For more culture and nightlife we like to spend a few nights in Sevilla and love riding in the wild gorge and campo around Ronda. A real adventure is riding cross country from Ronda to Bolonia, staying at inns along the way.
Being here in Andalucia reminds me of part of the inspiration behind my collections and launching my brand.
The artisans in Andalucia, their basket work, inspiring ceramics, Moorish influences and catholic culture together with local traditional ferias make me so happy.