ROUTES FOR THE PROVINCE


      Cadiz, unique Spanish province whose coasts are bathed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, gets the name "Costa de la Luz" because of the wonderful sunsets that captivate visitors and residents. From Sanlucar de Barrameda at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River, and along the 260 km coastline, are the beaches of finest and golden sands of the peninsula. This route is full of landscapes like land, sea and ancient fortresses, and even remnants of ancient civilizations, like the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia, near Tarifa, on the Europa Point where the two seas of the Atlantic and Mediterranean meet. From there, without losing sight of the sea, you can continue to the end of the route to the mouth of Guadalquivir River.

 

ROUTE OF THE COAST

      The Route of the coast starts in Sanlucar de Barrameda and continues through  Chipiona, Rota, El Puerto de Santa María, Puerto Real, Cádiz, San Fernando, Chiclana, Conil, Vejer de la Frontera, Barbate, Zahara de los Atunes, Bolonia, Tarifa, Algeciras y San Roque

SANLÚCAR DE BARRAMEDA

      Doñana National Park. The city is linked with the Dukes of Medina Sidonia and was port of departure of great navigators such as Christopher Columbus, Magallanes and Juan Sebastian Elcano. It has a typical fishing district, the "Bajo de Guia" and where Manzanilla is produced. The beach horse racing in August has been considered as an International Tourist Interest Event.


       Chipiona is situated in the northwest province of Cadiz, where the highest lighthouse in Spain is located, rising 69 metres and 72m on sea level. It has a rich land that produces Moscatel wine, vegetables and flowers, with large beaches full of vitamins and iodine. Among its highlights are the Sanctuary “Santuario de Regla” and its magnificent marina and fishing Port.

ROTA

      Only 18 km away from Chipiona, Rota is a very attractive city for tourism. Highlights include the Golf Resort Costa Ballena. It has an international and good atmosphere all year round

PUERTO DE SANTA MARÍA

      Home to long beaches and famous wineries such as Terry and Osborne. Good seafood, great hotels, casino, water park, marina, and bullring. The San Marcos Castle and Cultural Foundation “Rafael Alberti” are main monuments.

CÁDIZ

      Cadiz is the oldest city in the West and entirely surrounded by the sea and home to an important marina & port. Highlights in the old city include its neighbourhoods like El Populo, la Viña and Santa Maria. Its beaches are perfect for water sports. Its Carnival has been declared as an International Tourist Interest

PUERTO REAL

      Separated from Cadiz by the Carranza bridge on the Bay of Cadiz. Founded by the Catholic Monarchs. City with large shipbuilding industry.

SAN FERNANDO

      Known as The Island. Famous for its salt mines that date from Roman times having its growth in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Its streets are the typical design of Lower Andalusia.

CHICLANA DE LA FRONTERA

      Located between salt mines, beaches and pine forests. Famous for handicrafts like typical Andalusian costume dolls. The area of Sancti Petri has very good infrastructure of hotels and golf courses.

CONIL DE LA FRONTERA

      Wide beaches with fine and golden sand. A very quiet town centre, even in summer. Ethnological Museum is one of the main attractions.

VEJER DE LA FRONTERA

      Situated on a hill overlooking the mouth of the Barbate River, a picturesque white village whose houses seem to be hanging from a rock where the remains of an Arab castle lie. Formed by a maze of winding and clean streets with Arab archaeological remains. Nearby, in Caños de Meca you can find magnificent beaches.

BARBATE

      Fishing village with an important port, where they still practice the old system of “the Almadraba” fishing, it also is home to a large food preservation industry. Magnificent beaches for all kinds of water sports.

ZAHARA DE LOS ATUNES

      Small fishing village surrounded by beautiful and very long beaches.

BOLONIA

      A great beach with interesting ruins of an ancient Roman settlement including their aqueduct, theatre, necropolis, and ancient city walls.

TARIFA

       Strategic importance due to its position in the Gibraltar Strait and fishing port. Famous for the defence that Guzman "El Bueno” masterminded. It is the most southern city in Spain, with views of the African coast and mountains. Beautiful beaches for underwater fishing and wind or kite surfing. Among its monuments highlights are the Castle of Guzman and its Tower.

ALGECIRAS

      Situated on a beautiful bay directly opposite the Rock of Gibraltar, is an important centre of maritime communications, with regular lines to Ceuta, Tangier, Barcelona and the Canary Islands.

SAN ROQUE

 

ROUTE OF THE WHITE VILLAGES

      La “The route of the White Villages is situated in the northeast of Cadiz       The most picturesque and original sights of the province of Cádiz are offered by its white villages, with its typical architecture, the whitewashed houses, its castles and churches of medieval times offer the traveller an exciting and singular journey of unique beauty.

      This route begins in Arcos de la Frontera and then continues throughout Algar, Bornos, Espera, Villamartin, Prado del Rey, Puerto Serrano, Algodonales, Olvera, Torre-Alhaquime, Alcalá del Valle, Setenil, El Gastor, Zahara de la Sierra, Grazalema, Benaocaz, Ubrique, Villaluenga and El Bosque.

ARCOS DE LA FRONTERA

      Built on a cliff that drops steeply to the river Guadalete. Home of fighting bulls and beautiful horses. Located in the northern half of the province, this city alternates with Renaissance and plateresca facades. Their handicrafts include carpets, blankets and pottery. Its Holy Week has been declared of Artistic National Interest.

ALGAR

      Village of Arab origin with 2000 inhabitants and located near the swamp of Los Hurones. Well known for its woodwork and leather goods.

ESPERA

      City with 4,500 inhabitants and crowned by the remains of a castle and Roman ruins nearby. Highlights the handicrafts. We recommend visiting the Nature Reserve endoergic complex.

BORNOS

        With almost 9,000 inhabitants and located on the banks of the swamp Los Hurones, surrounded by fruit and vegetables gardens. Town of stately homes.

VILLARMARTÍN

      With 15,000 inhabitants, surrounded by fertile countryside where hunting and fishing is allowed. Leather goods and crafts.

ALGODONALES

      With 6,000 inhabitants, situated in the foothills of Sierra de Lijar. Famous by his handicrafts guitars. The nearby mountains make possible the practice of gliding.

OLVERA

      With 9,500 inhabitants, highlights include the Arab castle and the neoclassical Church of the Incarnation, that can be seen from anywhere in the city. Good gastronomy.

PRADO DEL REY

      City with 6,000 inhabitants and located between olive trees and vineyards. Known for its exquisite furniture, craftsmen and honey. At 4 km are the Roman remains of the city of Iptuci.

PUERTO SERRANO

      With nearly 7,000 inhabitants is a peaceful and quiet village nearby the province of Seville. High quality olive oil. Possibility of fishing in the Guadalete river.

EL BOSQUE

      Nearly 2,000 inhabitants and founded by the Duke of Arcos. Hunting, fishing and fish farming. Ideal for the practice of gliding and good gastronomy.

UBRIQUE

      With nearly 20,000 inhabitants and its medieval streets and many Roman remains, such as the Roman road from Benaocaz to Ubrique centre, and the ruins of Ocurri. Famous place for leather goods.

BENAOCAZ

      With its nearly 600 inhabitants, fishing is allowed in the river Tavizna and all kind of mountain sports. Excellent “chacinas” (dried cured meats and other charcuterie).

VILLALUENGA DEL ROSARIO

      With about 1,000 inhabitants is the highest village in the province. In its surroundings there are caves. Good “chacinas” and excellent cheeses.

GRAZALEMA

      Town of Roman origin and 3,000 inhabitants. Rich in fauna and flora, with crafts like wool blankets. You can practice all kind of sports related to nature, from speleology, hiking to climbing. It has one of the last Pinsapar of Europe. Its summit is a viewpoint of the park.

ZAHARA DE LA SIERRA

      With approximately 2,000 inhabitants and crowned by a Nazari castle. Among pinsapos forests with abundant game. An ideal place for mountain sports and the practice of gliding.

TORRE ALHÁQUIME

      2,000 inhabitants and ideal for relaxing, with very good “chacinas”, game and fish. Hiking in the surrounding area.

SETENIL DE LAS BODEGAS

      With its 3800 inhabitants and houses carved into the mountain. Village of Roman origina with rich pastries and game.

EL GASTOR

      With nearly 2,300 people and close to the mountains of Malaga. Craftsmanship like bagpipes. Possibility of horse riding or trekking.

ALCALÁ DEL VALLE

      With its 6200 inhabitants and very close to the province of Malaga. Rich meats. Dolmens of the Megalithic Age.

ROUTE OF THE BULL

      This route fulfils, with its local colour and monumental art, the singularity that along this route can be seen several cattle of fighting bulls.
      From Jerez de la Frontera, this route includes the cities of San Jose del Valle, Paterna de Rivera, Medina Sidonia, Alcalá de los Gazules, Benalup Casas-Viejas, Los Barrios, Castellar de la Frontera, Jimena de la Frontera, San Roque, Algeciras and Tarifa.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA

      Nobility town, Jerez de la Frontera is a world famous city for its wine industry, fighting bulls and the famous Carthusian horses (Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art). It is worth a visit to the wineries Sandeman, Domecq, González-Byass or Harveys, among others.

SAN JOSÉ DEL VALLE

      An ideal place for nature sports, close to Lake Guadalcacín and the Guadalcacín Natural Park.

PATERNA DE LA RIVERA

      Village located in the center of the province of Cadiz, on a plain. Famous for the fighting bull ranches and beautiful horses. Cradle of flamenco “peteneras”. The castle of Gigonza is a few miles away from the city.

MEDINA SIDONIA

      City situated on a hill 300 metres high, of Phoenician origin, the most important monuments are Roman Sewers, the Arc of Pastora, the Arab wall and the Church of Santa María Coronada, Gothic-influenced Andalusian style. Beautiful stately homes. In its westernmost part is the Laguna de Montellano, being part of the Natural Reserve complex in Chiclana.

ALACALÁ DE LOS GAZULES

      City where the Mountain National Park and a recreational area, "El Picacho” is. Abundant hunting and crafts.

BENALUP

      Known as "Casas Viejas”, Benalup is a great historic wealth city, highlighting the cave paintings “Tajo de las Figuras”. Abundant hunting.

LOS BARRIOS

      City situated in the Region Campo de Gibraltar. Great variety of fauna and flora. Visit the interesting cave paintings in the Cuevas de Bacinete, or fish in the "Charco Redondo”, hunting and riding.

CASTELLAR DE LA FRONTERA

      Village of great beauty. The city is situated inside the castle walls 250 metres high. Visit the Almoraima, a big country state of extraordinary cynegetic wealth. Hunting, fishing and horse riding is practiced in its surroundings.

JIMENA DE LA FRONTERA

      City with a Roman-Arab castle. Prehistoric paintings in the caves of Laja Alta. Gardens of oranges and tropical fruits. Hunting and horse riding.

SAN ROQUE

      City built off Gibraltar by the Spanish who left the Rock when the English arrived. The ruins of Carteya are 4 km away on the mouth of the river Guadarranque.

ALGECIRAS

      Situated on a beautiful bay directly opposite the Rock of Gibraltar, is an important center of maritime communications, with regular lines to Ceuta, Tangier, Barcelona and the Canary Islands.

TARIFA

      Tarifa has an strategic importance due to its position in the Gibraltar Strait. Important fishing port. Famous for the defence that Guzman "El Bueno” oversaw. It is the most southern city in Spain, with views to the African coast. Beautiful beach for underwater fishing and wind-surfing. Among its monument highlights the Castle of Guzman and the Tower.

ROUTE OF THE WINE

      The route of the wine makes a tour through the cities in which the wine is universally famous and comprises a set of unique tourist attractions, including vineyards, visits to the hundred-year-old cellars and monuments of historic and artistic interest.

      The route begins in Chiclana de la Frontera and then continuess to El Puerto de Santa Maria, Rota, Chipiona, Sanlucar de Barrameda, Trebujena and finally Jerez de la Frontera.

CHICLANA DE LA FRONTERA

      City located between salt mines, beaches and pine forests. Stand outs include the craftsmanship of dolls in  Andalusian costume. The area of Sancti Petri has a very good infrastructure of hotels and golf courses.

PUERTO DE SANTA MARÍA

      It has one of the few remaining natural parks in the province of Cadiz, next to the Guadalete River. The boat "El Vaporcito" makes the route from the city to Cadiz across the bay. Interesting visits include its wineries, such as Terry and Osborne, whose wines like “amontillado” or “fino” can be enjoyedd with the rich gastronomy of this area like seafoods from the Romerijo restaurants. Its Bullring is the third largest in Spain after Madrid and Valencia.

ROTA

      Rota is a coastal town of great wine tradition, with great beaches and the Golf resort "La Ballena”. Good atmosphere all year round.

CHIPIONA

      The city is located at the westernmost point of the province of Cadiz, near the mouth of the Guadalquivir River and where the highest lighthouse in Spain can be found. The wine of this land is the Moscatel, known worldwide today, and its origin dates back five centuries ago. The Moscatel is a very good wine for digestion, reducing stress, helping the functioning of the stomach and intestines, being a wonderful tonic.

SANLÚCAR DE BARRAMEDA

      Sanlúcar is located at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River, which affects the smooth taste of the wine in this region,the “Manzanilla”. The city is also overlooks the Doñana National Park which has excursions from the fishermen's quarter, "Bajo de Guía”, where the visitor’s centre “Fábrica de Hielo” located, with audiovisual rooms that recreate a day in the National Park, from dawn to dusk. Its City Hall is located at the “Palacio de Borbon Orleans” and their streets and Andalusian-style houses retain the emblems on their walls of stately homes.

TREBUJENA

      Known for its eels farms, olive oil and grape juice famous throughout the area. City next to Seville’s province.

JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA

      Jerez is a very important city because of its art, from its Moorish fortress, Mosque and Arab baths to the Renaissance and Baroque buildings, the Royal School of Equestrian Art horse shows, the Dark Camera, the Zoo and the Flamenco School. But Jerez is world-famous as the capital of the wine that is named after it “Jerez-Xeres-Sherry”, breeding bulls and the horses. It is worth a visit to one of the many wineries such as Sandeman, Domecq, Gonzalez Byass or Harveys to name a few.