Cadiz, known worldwide for its long history, is probably the oldest city in the civilization of Western Europe. With more than 3,000 years, is the present capital of the Andalusian province.
Here, they settled in this order, the Phoenicians, who gave the place the name of “Ghadir”, which means strength, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Visigoths, the Muslims, and finally the Christians. From this great city left Columbus to conquer America.
This city situated on a bay, is equipped with all the infrastructure of a big city. It is located 40min. away from Jerez airport, it has a line of high-speed railway, which connects to the main Spanish cities and it has several city bus lines.
The whole architectural set is extremely rich. The old town is considered Historic Artistic Monument. Emphasizing, in the religious architecture, we will find: Cadiz Cathedral, the church of Santa Cruz, The Church of St. Augustine and the Torre Tavira.
In civil architecture: The walls of the city, Real Jail, El Palacio de los Mora, and the Teatro Romano.
A multitude of monuments to enrich the disturbing history of this ancient city. Clean beaches of fine sand, ideal for swimming and relaxing without getting overheated, caressed by the constant sea breezes. Parks with thousands of fragrances. Small tapas bars, where you can eat and chat with the friendly people of Cadiz. Outdoor terraces to enjoy a fried fish or a refreshing “gazpacho andaluz”. Cadiz City has a great atmosphere, perfect to spend a dream holiday.
Chiclana de la Frontera
The origin of Chiclana goes back to the Paleolithic. Coat city, with a good infrastructure, and with clean and wide beaches, is also known for its modern golf courses.
The principal beaches in Chiclana are La Barrosa and Sanct Petri, divided by the area of the cliff. Surrounded by pine trees and a promenade with spectacular views, the beaches are clean and equipped with the blue flag of quality.
Sancti Petri, used to be a tuna fishermen town. It has a wonderful beach to watch the sunset each afternoon during the summer. From this beach we can see the Castle of Sancti Petri, or Temple of Hercules, of Phoenician origin.
It has a varied religious architecture, such as the Church of San Juan Bautista or Great Church, the Chapel of Santa Ana, or the Convent of Jesus of Nazareth.
Its cuisine is rich and varied and it has world renowned fine wines, smelly and muscat. There are a variety of wineries that will be of great interest to the visitor.
The urbanisation of Novo Sancti Petri, is also in Chiclana. There are four golf courses: Golf Club El Campano, Las Lomas de Sancti Petri, La Estancia and Novo Sancti Petri.
Conil de la Frontera
Another white village in Cadiz, is Conil de la Frontera, a paradise surrounded by nature, in the Atlantic Ocean.
Its narrows streets with craft shops and its promenade are ideal for walking both day and night.
Conil has a seaside promenade full of little craft shops during the high season, it is perfect for walking, cycling or skating. The beaches are long and of fine white sand. There are some smaller beaches where one can relax such as Cala del Aceite y Cala Encendida, which are also nudist.
Roche is a beautiful neighbourhood of Conil, and the place where some of the best houses of the area are located.
Its rich and varied cuisine, composed mostly of fresh fish and vegetables is famous throughout the area.
Jerez de la Frontera
Known worldwide for its eponymous wine, Jerez de la Frontera, like the city of Cadiz, has a history dating back to 3000 years ago. Located in the inside of the province, has an ideal temperature in summer and winter.
Equipped with all the facilities, just a few minutes away from the city is the international airport of Jerez. It also has a line of high-speed rail. Both connected with the main national and European cities.
The old town has many historical monuments. Walking along, we will find the monumental site of the Alcazar, with its mosque and Turkish bath, the baroque Cathedral and its Mudejar tower, the churches of San Miguel, Santiago, San Dionisio and San Mateo.
We can enjoy these wonders, stopping and eating some tapas and tasting a good sherry, in the traditional bars and restaurants.
Essential in Jerez, is the wine tourism. You can visit the vineyards, where you can learn the process, and also eat in their restaurants. The main wineries are: Gonzalez & Biass, Pedro Domecq, Williams&Humbert, Sanchez Romate, etc. ..
Birthplace of the flamenco, it is essential to visit the “tablaos” (flamenco shows), the Flamenco Museum of Jerez, or to go to the International Flamenco Festival, that takes place between February and March.
Overall, Jerez de la Frontera is a complete city for tourism, offering multiple activities, all of them interesting and fun.
Los Caños de Meca
Called like these for the “caños”, fresh water springs emerging from the cliffs, this little village is situated between the villages of Barbate, Conil de la Frontera and Vejer de la Frontera.
In Caños de Meca you can find beaches for all tastes, with rocks, with waves, nudist beaches, with youthful atmosphere “chiringuitos” and those with wind to play sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing .
The Faro de Trafalgar is worthy of particular mention, as the famous battle between the English and the French and Spanish fleets took place in its waters.
Also known as a hippie hangout place in the 70’s, Caños de Meca is a fancy destination. It has a perfect temperature during almost the whole year. From the beginning of Spring to late Autumn, you can enjoy the beach and the forests. During the Winter season you can spend some romantic days by the fireplace while watching a storm coming.
Nudist beaches: Mangueta y Cala Isabel.
You can surf at almost all the beaches during the low and middle season.
Puerto de Santa Maria
One of the most visited tourist destinations in Spain. Its main attractions are its long beaches of fine golden sand. Almost all of them are perfect for sports like windsurfing, kite surfing or diving. The main beaches are: La Puntilla, the Vistahermosa, the Levante or Valdelagrana, perfect to go with the family, as it has all kind of services.
Another attraction of Puerto de Santa María is Puerto Sherry, a small marina, where you can walk, eat in numerous restaurants and bars. There are also plenty of shops, and you also have the possibility to arrange courses of sailing, fishing and diving.
In this area there are also many white whine and brandy wineries which can be visited. Its gastronomy is rich and varied, and has very good restaurants. We recommend trying the seafood and tapas bars that are located near the Plaza de Toros. Do not forget to go to a performance in one of the Flamenco Clubs.
Sotogrande, still in the province of Cadiz, but almost in Malaga, is actually a great development. It has a modern marina, with over 500 berths, and offers lots of facilities to practice polo, sailing, tennis or golf. From Sotogrande beaches is possible to see both the African coast, and the Rock of Gibraltar, which can be visited and wich are only half an hour away. Other close places to visit from Sotogrande, are Tarifa, Castellar de la Frontera, a village in the strength of a medieval castle, and San Roque. Sotogrande is easily accessible by car, by boat to the marina, and by plane to the airport of Gibraltar or Malaga.
Tarifa is located in the southern most tip of Europe at just 14 kilometers away from Morocco and the African continent. Tangier can be reached by fast ferry across the Strait of Gibraltar in about 30 minutes. Cape of Tarifa or Tarifa inland, serves as the division between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean.
Known worldwide for its strong winds of Poniente and Levante, it is one of the best places in Europe to practice water sports such as Windsurf and Kitesurf. Its wonderful natural environment allows for other leisure activities like whale watching, aboard ships in the Strait of Gibraltar, and bird watching in the Natural Park of Alcornocales, and in the Natural Park of the Straight.
It has miles of beautiful beaches from Playa de Los Lances , in the same city of Tarifa, to Valdevaqueros, Punta Paloma or Bolonia. In Bolonia you will find the old Roman city ruins of Baelo Claudia.
It is a perfect place for all kind of people, those looking for rest and peace in its spectacular beaches, as well as those looking for the “Tarifeña Night”, that offers a wide range of clubs, pubs, bares de tapas and good restaurants, until sunrise.
Vejer de la Frontera
Considered by many as one of the most beautiful towns in Andalusia, Vejer de la Frontera is located on top of a hill. From one side you can see the Strait of Gibraltar and the African coasts, and from the other the beautiful and now extinct Janda lagoon.
Vejer is one of the white villages with more history, as we can see in the ensemble of its unique architecture. The arab reminiscences, its narrow streets and courtyards full of flowers, the people, make it a mysterious and charming place.
Belonging to Vejer is El Palmar Beach, with its 8 kilometres of fine golden sand and crystal clear waters, it is perfect to spend a whole day. Equipped with all amenities such as restaurants, supermarkets, life guards, etc ... Out of the summer season it also has one of the best waves for surfing in Andalusia.
Zahara de los Atunes
Like Tarifa, Zahara is situated on the Strait of Gibraltar. This charming fishing village, where the “Almadraba” – a skill for catching tuna which dates from pre-Roman times – is still practised, offers some of the best beaches on the Spanish coast.
At just 70 km away from the city of Cadiz, and a few miles away from the enigmatic white villages of the area, Vejer de la Frontera, Conil de la Frontera, Medina Sidonia, etc. can all be visited from here.
There are many beaches to enjoy the sea and the wonderful sunsets, notably, Playa de Zahara, also known as Beach of the Germans, and Zahara de los Atunes.
The nightlife during high season is lots of fun. You can enjoy the nice weather and live music while drinking a well made mojito with your feet on the sand.