Favorite thing: Walk through the streets. Start with a stroll along the waterfront to see the well tended gardens and open squares. The city is surrounded on three sides by water and there are miles of paths and promenades at the edge of the harbor. Las Puertas de Tierra, the 17th century gates, still guard the landward entrance to Cádiz.
If you can visit the city during the Carnavals, DO IT!
Everytime I have gone it has been even better than the last. The Carnavals are an explosion of incredible happiness.
Appart of the official events, the Carnavals take place in the streets of the city.
Fondest memory: More pictures (out VT)
Natural Park of Grazalema.The sierra of Grazalema was the first area to be declared a Natural Park in Andalucia (a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1977), and is one of the most ecologically important areas of Spain.
The area is famous for its spectacular limestone cliffs and landscape of gullies, caverns and gorges, the most spectacular being La Verde, with rocky walls that rise almost vertically for 400 metres. It contains the highest point in the province of Cádiz, El Torreón, at 1,654 metres.
The diverse flora contrast with the production of cork from the area. Growth here is boosted by the high rainfall-the sierra de Grazalema gets more rain than any other part of Andalucia.
As for the fauna, the lion buzzard dominates the skies here, with one of the biggest breeding populations in Europe. It competes for airspace with six different species of eagle, as well as goshawks and Egyptian vultures.
The charming white village of Grazalema is set between two towering peaks, the Pico del Reloj and the Pico de San Cristóbal. The region is noted for its Mediterranean plant species, and the magnificent forest of Spanish fir found in the Sierra del Pinar. The abundant local fauna includes the griffon vulture, chamois, deer, roebuck, Egyptian mongoose, imperial and royal eagle, osprey and Egyptian vulture.
The region is sprinkled with picturesque villages well worth the visit, like Zahara de la Sierra, and there is an archaeological site of major importance at La Pileta, a cave with paintings from the Paleolithic period.
A basic industry here is leather items made from goatskin. There is a growing tourist infrastructure, with opportunities for hunting and fishing. Human activity here dates back to Palaeolithic times, as the cave paintings in the Cueva de la Pileta testify. The land is still maintained with a view to a healthy balance between productivity and conservation
Los AlcornocalesThis vast nature park is named for its handsome, and beautifully kept cork tree grove, one of the world's largest. It is also home to wild olive trees, gall oak and holm oak. The far south of the region is crossed by very humid, narrow valleys called canutos, which provide an ideal habitat for sub-tropical forests of great ecological value, as well as animals such as the otter, Egyptian mongoose, imperial and royal eagle and royal owl. The area is rich in game, including boar, roebuck and deer.
These low hills, which are the prolongation of the Sierra de Grazalema as it descends towards the sea, are home to one of Andalucia's largest wooded areas. Cádiz province, in its mountainous eastern part, shares this natural park with Málaga province to the west. Basically a continuation of the sierra de Grazalema, it is one of the most important forest regions of Andalucia, and the best example of what the primeval Iberian forests may have been like. It contains groves of cork oak and gall oak, and the southern sector contains a botanical jewel, the rare fern Psilotum nudum, the only other examples of which occur in the southern hemisphere.
These woods are a paradise for birds. In them live some of Europe's greatest concentrations of lion buzzards, eagle owls and various eagles. Roe deer have been successfully introduced and are thriving. The oaks stretch to the strait of Gibraltar and to Tarifa and Algeciras.
The Costa de la Luz(Coast of the Light)commanded by the Cliff of Barbate and its surroundings looking out to the Atlantic Ocean. It boasts miles of clear unpoilt beaches with golden yellow sand. Beaches backed by huge sandunes rather than tower block hotels. One wonders how they have remained unspoiled for so long.
This coast is often divided into two sections. Costa de la Luz (Huelva Province) which stretches from the Portuguese border to the Donaña park and the River Guadalquivir. Costa de la Luz (Cadiz Province) stretches form the River Guadalquivir to the Mediterranean. To travel from one section to another requires a lengthy drive via the city of Sevilla
Cliffs and Pinewood of Barbate, down the coast from Cádiz, this natural park is characterised by beautiful woods of umbrella pines with rosemary, blackthorn and palms, and rocky cliffs and outcrops.
Two impressive cliffs, Torre del Tajo and Los Caños de Meca, fall over a hundred metres into the Atlantic. This is a protected area due to the ecosystems of the rocks and the rich offshore marine life. It is considered one of the most diverse and best-preserved parts of the andalucian coast. The spectacular cliffs are full of nooks which provide a safe home for birds, including egrets, kestrels and one pair of peregrine falcons who have decided to nest here. This is a well considered naturist place for those who like nudism!!!
Favorite thing: This is the way from 'Murallas de San Carlos' , untill the Ficus Centenarios by the coastline. Beautifull, no?
For STILL not mass-tourism
Most are around Barbate: Los Caños de Meca, Zahara de los Atunes, also Tarifa with Bolonia and Punta Paloma, Conil and Sancti Petri, amongst others.
Favorite thing: Throughout the city their are many plazas, some possessing fountains as the one pictured Plaza de las Tortugas. They provide welcome relief for a break from wandering the narrow city streets.
Favorite thing: The Plaza de Flores, named because of all the flower shops and stalls around it. It was an interesting subject for a few photographs. Its located in front of the Post office, near the Market.
You can enjoy a mild weather in Cadiz all year round. In summer is hot, but it gets cooler because of the sea breeze.
Fondest memory: http://www.weather.com/weather/cities/sp__cadiz.html
Favorite thing: This tower is located just west of the City Wall and looks like it would provide a great view over the city.
Favorite thing: Cadiz is a photogenic city and the classic picture must be of the golden cupola of the Cathedral towering over the white surfaces below and looking up at the blue sky above.
Favorite thing: the major sights are the Cathedral Nueva and the Museo de Cadiz. But if you walk around you will absorb the general atmosphere. You will pass many fountains.