Cadiz Province: towns and villages, Cadiz
These lovely white molinos still power part of Vejer, however the more modern windmills are now becoming more popular in the area. So see them while you can because soon they'll be history!
From the hill where these old windmils are you can see the modern alternatives across the way.
Los Caños de Meca is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Costa de la Luz, Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and attracts many young people and hippies. It is Split into a few different beaches one of which is the historical Trafalgar, which is now the site of Kite surfing. Another is the Pirata, which is where most people end up. It also allows dogs on the beach all year round. Beware! As you walk further down the beach you'll end up on the nudist section. Where you'll see more men than women with their pink bits in the sun!
A great white town surrounded by the amazing Parque Natural de Sierra de Grazalema (Grazalema Mountain natural park). Situated in North East Cádiz.
You can get there by bus from Cádiz city or Jerez if you don’t have your own transport.
Please find below the phone number of the tourist office in Grazalema town.
The town itself is very pretty and well maintained; you can go and see the Iglesia de la Aurora and Iglesia de la Encarnacion, two 17th century churches in and around Plaza España. There are plenty of nice cafes and artisan shops to keep you occupied as well.
Grazalema is also famous for it's goats cheese!
All in all it's a great place to stay and explore the national park!
This is an absolutely fabulous place to go walking/hiking/trekking/climbing/camping.
The highest mountain is 1654m (Torreon) which makes it the highest in the province (though you may have to get a permit from El Bosque to climb it). It is also one of the greenest parts of Spain which makes the scenery wonderful.
The park actually streaches all the way down to the province of Malaga. Between Grazalema town and Benamahoma in the north of the park you can find Spain's best preserved woodland and see the rare Spanish fir tree!
Another great part of the park is the Garganta Verde (Green Throat) a lush ravine.
Pick up a free guide from Grazalema or El Bosque on the different trails you can do.
El Bosque is a great place to place yourself if you want to go walking in the nearby countryside or mountains. If you want to explore the nearby Grazelema national park go to the info centre on Avenida de la Diputacion opposite the hotel las Truchas. Or call the number provided below. This is where you also get permits to climb the highest mountain in the park.
There is no real point in going to El Bosque unless you want to explore parkland that surrounds it. There is also hang-gliders and Paragliders take off point in the adjoining Sierra de Albarracin too.
If your not up for anything too energetic try the nice riverside walk between El Bosque and Benamahoma. It is about 5km in total though you don't have to do the whole thing if you don't want to.
Please find accommodation details under the places to stay category.
This is where Columbus sailed from in 1498 on his third journey to the Caribbean. The Portuguese discoverer Ferdinand Magellan also set sail from here in 1519 in the direction of the Asian spice markets. His
Navigator Juan Sebastian Elcano was the first man to circumnavigate the globe. He returned to Sanlucar in 1522 on the Victoria.
If you look across the famous Guadalquivir estuary river you will see the magnificent and unspoilt Doñana national park. If you would like to visit the park go to Viajes San Juan on Calle San Juan (0034 956 362540). They organise 3.3 hour guided tours. You cannot enter the park alone it is highly protected.
Sanlucar has a small beach and the town is pretty, but the reason most people come here if for the nice seafood restaurants along the water front. Try the langostinos; a speciality of the area. You will find many locals drinking Mazanilla from the local bodegas, but this is a required taste and personally I can't stand it! It is a type of fino the gaditanos take on white wine. If you order it and end up hating it like me, try mixing it with casera (fizzy water) to make the popular drink know as Rebujio. It takes a lot better this way!
With a winemaking tradition spanning two millennia, the most famous wine in southern Spain is Sherry, made from grapes grown in the area’s chalky soil. The highlights can be visited in the town centre, such as the cathedral and the Moorish citadel, which dates from the 12th century and was once the residence of the Caliph of Seville.
The Muslims called the town Scheris, from which Jerez and Sherry are derived.
The region surrounding Jerez enjoys a favorable microclimate, which enables the cultivation of the sweet grapes. Wine making in Andalusia has a long history. From the 15th century onward, Andalusian wines were shipped to appreciative drinkers elsewhere in Europe, particularly England, where there was a great fondness for sherry already in Shakespeare’s time. My favourite to visit is the Gonzalez Byass winery where the famous Tio Pepe is made. A tour of the winery also included sampling of sherry at the end.
You can visit many wine cellars in Jerez, birthplace of the world famous SHERRY wine.
For the GONZALEZ BYASS cellars, make reservations in the phone below. The visit of 14:00h includes some tapas too!
tarifa castle. a good place to know, but dont spend a lot of time there. good photos from the tower. an ancient castle in the center of this village. it has a well deserved place in the history of spain. guzman "el bueno", in charge of the defense, get his son captured by the muslims. once the agressosrs threaten to kill his son in exhange of the surrender of the castle, guzman decided his son to be killed with his own sword, and so he throwed it to the muslims.
ZAHARA DE LOS ATUNES. Pequeño pueblo costero a 64 km. de Cadiz. En ella se encuentra la exclusiva urbanización Atlanterra, con unas solitarias y preciosas playas.
PLAYA DE BOLONIA. Esta playa se encuentra al lado de restos arqueologicos romanos de Baelo Claudia.
CAÑOS DE MECA. En las playas de este pueblo hay zona nudista. Tiene tambien un faro. Si no hay mucha sequia y cuando baja la marea se puede hacer una excursion hasta los chorros de agua dulce que caen hasta la playa.
TARIFA y su famosa playa de Los Lances donde siempre hay surferos ya que es uno de los mejores sitios de Europa para practicar este deporte.
BARBATE y su parque natural acantilado y pinar, hacer una excursion por este parque es una delicia pues los acantilados caen sobre el mar y andamos por una zona llena da pinos.
ALGECIRAS Y el estrecho de Gibraltar desde aqui podemos ver la costa Africana (si se quiere entrar a Gibraltar llevar el DNI o pasaporte para extranjeros).
JEREZ - typical drink of that area, Sherry! tastes great and unique!
EL FINO, MANZANILLA, AMONTILLADO, OLOROSO and CREAM are different kinds of Jerez/Sherry.
But also Brandy is produced in this area!
most known BODEGAS:
HARVEY & SONS
OSBORNE (famous toro!)