La Joya is a 22 acre former fruit and vegetable farm watered by it’s natural springs. We would like you to eat and drink exceptionally well, with local ingredients accompanied by delicious Spanish wines. Local specialities include scrambled eggs with wild asparagus and various game dishes. Finish off with 'piñonate' (a sweetmeat of almonds and pine seeds) or the exquisite 'pestinos de almendras' (almond pancakes).

Its temperate, almost sub-tropical climate makes Andalucía Spain's kitchen garden, producing an appetising variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs and olive oil. Vejer, a 45 minute drive, is fast becoming the gourmet capital of Andalucia. You can sample everything here from traditional tapas to contemporary middle-eastern cuisine. We recommend Jardin El Califa, Café Trafalgar, Garimba Sur and Corredera 55.

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On the coast tuna is offered in any one of over 1000 different recipes while the 'caldillo de perro' (fish soup) is always delicious. Meals can be complemented by a smooth glass of 'manzanilla' from Sanlucar de Barrameda, perhaps a sherry from Jerez or El Puerto de Santa Maria, or a glass of local wine from Chiclana de la Frontera. The light, white 'Tierra Blanca' is a perfect lunchtime accompaniment.

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