December 2020


24th  Friends of the Countryside General Assembly

Dear friends, Queridos Amigos,

With the turbulence of 2020 coming to an end, we can safely say that we are all hoping for a more stable, virus free new year. After the regrettable but necessary postponement of the General Assembly earlier this year, we are all the more pleased to invite you to the 24th GA in Córdoba, with the theme: “ Biodiversity and the Culture of Water”

The GA will take place from Thursday June 3 to Sunday June 6, 2021.

The assembly will begin on Thursday June 3 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 June 4 we will gather for the Gala Dinner at the splendid Real Circulo de la Amistad in the centre of the city.


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 May 31 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.

Although we very much hope that the anti-Covid vaccine will be widely available and that travel restrictions are lifted before June, we ask that you do not make your travel arrangements until we confirm the dates in March. Should we need to postpone once again. 

We again 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 2021 programme.

We look forward all the more to seeing you next year as 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

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FCS GA Programme and Registrations/Postponing 

Jehanne de Dorlodot Verhaegen


Tel: +32 497 93 05 30



José Gomez Acebo


Tel: +34 660 37 16 16


Sophy Smits van Oyen-Maltzoff


Tel: +32 479 22 31 92



Alberto Hermosel


Tel: +32 2 234 30 00






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