Beaches, dunes and salt mines shape the Bay, aquatic and sunny nature reserve, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean. Fresh waters offering pleasant baths and walks.
Cadiz, well knew as “Tacita de Plata”, is considered to be the most ancient city of west; Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Arabs established in these lands, because of his maritime access and strategic location.
Picturesque neighborhoods with old history; the Neighborhood of “La Viña” (the Vineyard), the best place to enjoy the Carnivals and the “pescaíto” in the Bay; the Old town, where there are grouped the majority of the monuments and the Neighborhood of the Pópulo, of medieval origin.
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Barbate: In this beatiful village facing the atlantic ocean we find coastal saws, coast, countryside; and the “Parque Natural de las Breñas”, where Barbate’s Cliffs stand out. Besides natural wonders it offers magnificent beaches, “Caños de Meca” and “Zahara de los Atunes” among others, magicicians villages who belongs to its municipal area.
In Barbate’s coast fishing of the tuna still today constitutes a relevant activity.
Chiclana de la Frontera: Most of its municipal area is included in the Nature reserve “Bahia de Cadiz”, as well as the Natural Place of Sancti Petri’s Marshes. Special mention deserve “La Barrosa” Beach, extensive and with thin sands. Youmay visit also Sancti Petri’s Castle, former military strength. Top of the end Accommodation is offered in all this area
Chipiona: Placed closer to the mouth of the Guadalquivir river, landscape of marsh and dunes. Magnificent beaches where the main economical activity is the tourism an fishing. Urban core has its origin in a former Roman tower that would turn in 1867 into the famous Faro (the highest in Spain, third of Europa and fifth of the World). As tourist natural resources, we suggest:
Los Corrales: Semicircular form walls, constructed on a base of stones, conglomerated of mollusks and oysters, of almost one meter and a half of height, placed to few meters of the shore of the sea. It is a curious fishing art that nowadays is in use.
The Chameleon: autochthonous Species, nowadays on the verge of extinction, found in this locality and surroundings, thats why its conservation is so important.<
Conil de la Frontera: The coastline becomes eye-catching due to its lack of buildings. Certain historical events have helped to preserve its virgin condition, and whoever stares at it experiences a mixed sensation in response to its unique landscape. The public woodland `Dehesa de Roche´ contains a spectacular variety of natural ecosystems which are just a few kilometres away from different rural and urban centres.
Puerto de Santa María: This bright, open town, given extra beauty by its centre which has been declared a Historic Ensemble, sits at the mouth of the Guadalete. The important archaeological remains discovered at the village of Doña Blanca (10th-3rd century B.C.), are proof of its history. El Puerto is known worldwide as the birthplace of Rafael Alberti, one of the central figures of the Generation of ’27, school which caused people to speak of a New Golden Age in Spanish literature. One of its most emblematic buildings is the Castle of San Marcos (10th-14th century), originally and Arabic mosque and currently a beautiful fortress; other buildings might be the Monastery of La Victoria and the Iglesia Mayor Prioral (both of Gothic style). Notable examples of civil architecture are La Lonja (the old Market building), the San Juan de Dios Hospital and Las Galeras Fountain.A visit to the famous wineries is compulsory; these are the places where the wines are matured that then accompany the succulent fish and seafood dishes on offer in places such as the typical La Ribera del Marisco. El Puerto is considered the leisure centre of la Bahía. Throughout the year, the activity is constant, but summer is the best season. Its beaches (Levante-Los Toruños, Valdelagrana, La Puntilla, Caleta de Agua, Santa Catalina and Fuentebravía) are ideal for water sports, and its modern sports facilities along with the extensive range of entertainments, restaurants and so on make this a first class tourist destination.
Facinas: Facinas is a small village in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia, Spain. It is located near the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, and is near the towns of Vejer de la Frontera and Tarifa. It is about fifteen kilometres from the coast with the beaches of Bolonia and Valdevaqueros as well as Zahara de los Atunes.he mainstream economic activities are forestry work, hospitality and construction. Facinas has essential public services, such as a health center, state school, police station, and sports and cultural facilities.
Jerez De la Frontera: There are few places in Spain which can lay claim to international recognition enjoyed by Jerez. Thanks to its wine, “jerez” or “sherry”, the equestrian tradition, the bulls, flamenco and motor-racing, this Andalusian town’s name has been known far and wide for many years.Under the reign of the Catholic Monarchs, the prosperous trading of its famous wines with the English began. The Muslims left a deep mark on the town, including the layout of the quarters situated at the heart of the old Arabic city town centre: San Lucas and San Mateo, where the church of the same name is to be found, the Market Square (housing the Archaeological Museum) and the Riquelme Palace. But without a doubt, the most important Al-Andalus feature is the Alcázar de Jerez, which is situated within the walled enclosure of the Mosque, the Arab Baths and the Olive Garden, with its cisterns and fountains which are in perfect harmony with the Baroque palace of Villavicencio, built upon the ruins of the original Islamic palace, with a tower where the visitor can find the original Camera Obscura.
Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art puts on a uniquely beautiful show called “How the Andalusian Horses Dance”, an equestrian ballet the choreography of which is based on a perfectly balanced mix of Classical and Country Dressage movements. From its foundation (Yeguada de la Cartuja) towards the end of the XV century, the Monastery of La Cartuja has been converted into the cornerstone of the Jerezano thoroughbred horses. For three centuries, which coincided with the centuries of greatest splendour of the kingdom of Spain, the Carthusian monks established a breeding stock which, through time, would be converted into one of the most celebrated and appreciated stocks in the world.
Caños de Meca – Zahora Los Caños de Meca is a small seaside village to the east of Cape Trafalgar on the Costa de la Luz of Spain. It is part of the province of Cádiz and the autonomous region of Andalusia.
Los Caños de Meca history is related to the Straits of Gibraltar, the Roman Fretus Herculeum and the Arab Boughaz el Tarek. Also the Battle of Trafalgar was fought near the coast of Caños de Meca, off the Cape of Trafalgar, over 200 years ago, 21 October 1805. There´re a few nudism beaches. Trafalgar Cape is protected inside the Natural Monument of the Tómbolo de Trafalgar, part of the Natural reserve of Barbate’s Marshes, together with the forest that covers the top part and a maritime band.
Puerto Real A Prehistoric settlement (with remains still in El Retamar, El Gallinero and Villanueva), this town was founded in the year 1483 by the Catholic Monarchs, who required a Royal Harbour in the area. Surrounded by marshlands and pine forests, the old part of the town has been declared a Historic Ensemble. It retains its original urban layout, an almost perfect square with perfectly straight streets of typical houses with attractive doorways and beautiful patios. /p>
Rota: Thanks to its situation on the coast – between the mouth of the River Guadalquivir and the entrance to the Bahía de Cádiz- it has seen many cultures and civilisations pass through its lands. It has been a port since Phoenician times, and numerous Roman remains have been discovered in the surrounding area. Declared a Historic Ensemble, its ancient archways and narrow streets of white houses make up the urban design of this beautiful village of pretty squares and picturesque corners where you can savour the cuisine of Rota, intimately linked to both the country and the sea, with typical dishes such as Urta a la roteña, washed down with the local wine Tintilla, an ancient, sweet, dark-coloured wine. he most emblematic building in the town is, undoubtedly, the Castillo de Luna (Property of Cultural Interest), built in the 13th century at the orders of Guzmán el Bueno on the site of an old 11th century Arab fortified camp.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda: Situated on the left of the mouth of the River Guadalquivir and opposite Doñana, the origins of the first settlement came about because of the building of a Phoenician temple dedicated to Astarté. This stately town – declared a Historic Ensemble- has an urban design characterised by being divided into two great nuclei: the Barrio Alto and the Barrio Bajo. The Barrio Alto is the historic centre with the town’s monuments, narrow streets, white house fronts and aristocratic palaces such as the Palace of Orleáns y Borbón (beside the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Caridad) or the Renaissance Palacio Ducal de Medina Sidonia. Nearby, we can find the Arquillo or Rota Gate, the remains of the Medieval walls, the Santiago Castle (15th century), the Las Descalzas Convent and Nuestra Señora de la O Church. The genuine microclimate of the town is essential to the ageing of manzanilla –the most representative of the local wines – which is included in the Designation of Origin Jerez-Xeres-Sherry. It is a dry wine, suitable as an aperitif, with a beautiful pale golden colour, which is aged in white oak barrels in the wineries in the town centre known as the ‘cathedrals of wine’. These blend perfectly with the urban design of Sanlúcar, primarily in the Barrio Alto, where the Barbadillo Manzanilla Museum is also to be found.
Tarifa: Reaching out into the sea, the southernmost point in Europe and the closest point to Africa, Tarifa is one of the coastal towns with the greatest tourist renown, having become an authentic Mecca for windsurfers. Besides its numerous prehistoric remains (such as the naturalistic paintings in the Moro Cave, and the necropolis at Los Algarbes), there are not only Phoenician remains on the Island of Las Palomas but also remains from the Roman period, with the archaeologically important town of Baelo Claudia, considered the most important find in the province. Called Al-Yazirat Tarif (Tarif Island) by the Muslims, this was an important strategic point as frontier zone, stronghold against pirate forays and military site opposite the English occupied Gibraltar It is possible to see two separate sections of the town walls from the dating from the 10th-16th centuries: the first section is from the Islamic period and surrounded a smaller area whilst the second surrounds almost the entire historic centre.
Trebujena: Situated near the final stretch of the Mouth of the Guadalquivir, the landscape alternates marshes with a sea of gentle slopes of white earth covered in vineyards. The most ancient, reliable details regarding settlement in the area date back to the oil trade with the Orient in Roman times, via the Portus Tarbissana which was reached by the Lacus Licustinus.
Vejer de la Frontera: The town was declared a Historical Site and awarded the National Prize for the Beautification of Andalusian Towns. Its Moorish heritage is evident in the popular architecture and design of neighbourhoods like the Judería. It is perched on top of a beautiful hill overlooking the River Barbate. The town takes pride in its historic legacy from past civilizations such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. In 711 the Battle of La Janda was fought very near the town. After this battle, the Visigoths lost control of the Peninsula to the Moors. The town has always been walled and some of its towers are still well preserved (the Mayorazgo Tower, the San Juan Tower and the Corredera Tower), and its four medieval town gates are perfectly integrated in the town, namely the Segur Arch Gate, the Puerta de la Villa, the Sancho IV and the Puerta Cerrada. The Castle (11th-16th Centuries) stands at the highest part of the old town and can be reached through a beautiful horseshoe arch. It combines elements of Muslim and Christian architecture. The town also boasts some magnificent examples of religious architecture.
Zahara de los Atunes: Zahara de los Atunes is a village on the Costa de la Luz of Spain in the province of Cádiz and the autonomous region of Andalusia. It is noted for its excellent beaches, an outdoor cinema, and la Iglesia Del Carmen church where, curiously, tuna (caught in Almadraba traps) was butchered and salted. Also in the town there are excellent facilities including a variety of restaurants, cafes and hotels.