Thanks to its diversity and culture,Spain is one of the most attractive destinations in the world. A country boasting good living, its people enjoy outdoor life with family and friends.
Spain is diverse, with each region having its own traditions and cuisine. A land of wines and joy, of flamenco, dance and tradition. Spain always surprises those who visit it.
On top of its amazing and varied culture, and along with the warmth of its people, you will discover a country of contrasts, of alluring cities and incredible natural scenery. Travel to the centre of this bountiful peninsula to discover Castilian Spain. Unearth Northern Spain's magical locations that include amazing grasslands and green forests, nourished by the Atlantic sea.
Or its fresh and green Mediterranean coast and islands, where the sea breeze will enchant you. Without forgetting to mention the richness of Andalusia, famous inspiration for artists and writers such as Hemingway.
This is Spain, a country that enchants everyone who visits.
Description of the area
The good weather, even during the winter months, invites you to discover the Province's interior with its lush natural parks, cultural routes, golf courses and historical monuments. At every turn there are reminders of its previous Phoenician, Visigoth, Roman and Arab cultures. Unique Baroque and Renaissance jewels exist side-by-side with modern buildings in cities such as Cordoba, Seville, Granada and Málaga, which receive tourism all year round.
Summer comes to an end, but the sun keeps shining in Andalusia.
The province of Cádiz is situated on the south east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, in the Spanish region known as Andalusia. It is considered a bridge between Europe and Africa, and it is true that the two cultures are closely meshed in nearly all aspects of its art and culture.
Cadiz has some of the best beaches in Andalusia, which have made it a privileged destination for surf and water sports lovers.
Cádiz is not affected by mass tourism, which means that visitors can enjoy its many cobblestone streets, wonderfully landscaped squares, numerous ruins, monuments and pleasant beaches without large numbers of other tourists.
Jerez de la Frontera is a city located in the Province of Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain. It is situated in a fertile agricultural and cattle breeding region close to the Costa de la Luz.
Jerez de la Frontera is known for being the origin of the world-famous Sherry wine (jerez in Spanish), and it is famous for its numerous wineries. Apart from producing and selling wine, Jerez also cultivates fruit, cereals and vegetables, as well as breeding cattle and horses.
Jerez has lots to offer everyone: it is the land of Andalusian horses and fighting bulls, the birthplace of flamenco dancing and a city of motor sports and large events. The city centre with its many monuments has been declared to be of artistic and historical interest.
Excellent fish and shellfish are offered by this coastal city, particularly its famous Cádiz deep-fried fish. In Cádiz you can also enjoy cheese and Spanish ham and typical local dishes such as shrimp omelette, cazón en adobo, roasted mackerel with piriñaca, bienmesabe or tomato picadillo.
In the province of Cadiz you will enjoy the unique Jerez sherries, such as Fino or Manzanilla, which are local products renowned world wide. If you are interested in wine culture, you must visit the cellars and vineyards of this area. It will surely be an unforgettable part of your trip.
Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez offers numerous possibilities: the incredible equestrian shows of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and the Yeguada Hierro del Bocado, a visit to the unparalleled wineries of Jerez, cathedrals where wine and brandy is born, cared for and aged in silence, and daily enjoyment of the purest flamenco. You can walk around its old town, declared a Historical and Artistic Monumental Complex, where churches, palaces and unique buildings can be found amongst orange groves and fountains in nearly every square, street and alleyway. There are also numerous museums and thematic attractions where the bull, the horse, flamenco and wine take centre stage, as well as many other interesting themes that reveal our many traditions and rich heritage. Other greatly renowned attractions include the world-famous Circuito de Velocidad (speed track), where numerous competitions in the world of motor racing take place throughout the year, the Zoobotánico de Jerez (Jerez Botanical Zoo) where children and adults can enjoy an exceptional space and one of the most complete zoological collections in Spain, and also the numerous country estates, ravines and natural enclaves, in which to enjoy active tourism and nature. The city is in its prime during Easter Week and the May Horse Fair.
The Coto de Doñana
The Doñana National Park is an outstandingly beautiful region of high ecological value. Doñana is the most important protected space in Spain and one of the largest nature reserves in Europe. It covers an area of almost 300,000 hectares, most of which is in the province of Huelva. This former royal hunting ground was declared a National Park in 1969. The park is home to 365 bird species, some of them in grave danger of extinction, and offers hibernation grounds to over 500,000 birds every year. Doñana also accommodates 21 species of reptiles, 11 amphibians, 20 types of fresh water fish, 37 non-marine mammals (including the Iberian lynx) and over 900 plant species.
Cádiz is especially known today for its long and influential history. It is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe and has 3100-year old archaeological remains. It is not only well-known in Spain, but also internationally, due to its important role during the Punic Wars, the romanisation of the Iberian peninsula and the discovery and conquest of the Americas. Cádiz played an important part in the establishment of the Spanish liberal regime and its first constitution, as well as its subsequent influence on the constitutions of the former Spanish colonies when they became independent. The whole city houses numerous squares, gardens, churches and other memorable sites.
Cadiz lies on a narrow spit of land, opposite the Guadalete river Estuary and is immersed in the Bahía de Cádiz nature reserve, 124 km from Seville.
The area comprising Cadiz and San Fernando is separated from the Iberian Peninsula by the Caño de Sancti Petri. Historically it was a small archipelago called Gadeiras, to become just one island which is known popularly as the "Tacita de Plata" (Little Silver Cup). The Carnivals of Cádiz are famous.
A walk through its historic centre is recommended, where you can see buildings from colonial times, La Caleta beach and its historic spa, Genovés Park and the Viñas neighbourhood with its typical fish restaurants.
The White Villages Route
The name of this route comes from the white façades of the village houses, painted with lime to reflect the heat of the sun. Many of these towns and villages pertain to the Grazalema Mountains Nature Reserve, giving them an additional factor of tourism interest.
If you want a souvenir from Cadiz, you definitely have to buy some arts and crafts:
· Flamenco guitars, handmade in Algodonales, where the best guitars are produced
· Leather goods from Ubrique
· Payoyo cheese from Villaluenga del Rosario, that has won various international awards.
· Ponchos and blankets from Grazalema
· Sherry from Jerez de la Frontera
· Mantecados from Medina Sidonia