24th  Friends of the Countryside General Assembly



Dear friends, Queridos Amigos,

The GA will take place from Thursday  October 7 to Sunday October 10, 2021

The Pre-Tour will take place from Monday October 4 to Thursday October 7

The assembly will begin on Thursday October 7 with a welcome dinner at the Palacio de Viana in the centre of Córdoba for both members and board members. The general assembly and conference will take place in Córdoba. The evening of Friday October 8 we will gather for the Gala Dinner in the magnificent Gardens of the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos.


The tours will take place on the Saturday and bear witness to the variety of the landscape. Visits will include a choice of large-scale olive, almond and cotton production or irrigation techniques or citrus production as well as horse breeding and pig rearing on acorns for that special Iberian jamón. An informal dinner that evening will take place in the Royal Stables of Caballerizas, home of the renowned Andalusian breed where we will be treated to a spectacular after dinner show! The last day of our gathering will include an optional visit to the Monastery San Jeronimo.

This year the extra tour will take place before the general assembly as a pre-tour encompassing Sevilla and Jerez de la Frontera. It will begin on Monday October 4 in Sevilla with visits to the Palacio Arzobispal, the El Alcazar and Real Maestranza de Cabaleria to name but a few followed by visits to the bodega Fundador and the Fincas Fuente Rey and la Peñuela near Jerez.

We extend our special thanks to Antonio and Mary Melgarejo-Marqueses de Melgarejo, Ivan and Isabel de Arteaga-Marqueses de Ariza, Emilio and Mariella Navarro, Eloy and Ana Martinez Sagrera, Francisco and Silvia Ruiz della Torre, Gabriel and Jasna-Gora Lodares, Carlos Otero, Claudia Navarro for their great support in the preparation of this unique 2021 programme.

We look forward all the more to seeing you later this year so that, now more than ever, we will keep our bonds of friendship and commitment strong.


Yours sincerely,



Michael zu Salm-Salm                                                               Thierry de l’Escaille

President                                                                                  CEO & Secretary General