The province of Cadiz is a marvelous place, with unique atmosphere and plenty of things to discover. At TUDESTINO, we made a list of 10 destinations that you shouldn’t miss on your trip around the province.
We hope you like them.
- Medina Sidonia
- Vejer de la Frontera
- Conil de la Frontera
- Bolonia Beach
- El Puerto de Santa Maria
- Doñana National Park
- Arcos de la Frontera
- Sierra de Grazalema
- Jerez de la Frontera
The enchanting places of the province of Cadiz
We begin our trip in a village that will not make you regret leaving the beach for a while: Medina Sidonia. This is a village with over 3 thousand years of history and its town walls with colossal arches will transport you into bygone times. It’s worth taking a trip to Medina, if only to take in the panoramic views of the beautiful village nested between the hills. Don’t leave here without making a stop in one of the local restaurants. The traditional Arab desserts served in this region will take your breath away.
Back on the coast, you should visit the charming fishermen’s village of Conil de la Frontera. Its white houses and narrow streets full of flowers are a perfect place to get lost until arriving to one of the town’s long natural beaches or amazing hidden bays. Once you get to Conil, you’ll be close to Caños de Meca, a place made popular by the hippie artists and musicians, who spent a lot of time here in the sixties. Los Caños still preserve the relaxed and casual atmosphere to which they owe their reputation.
Vejer de la Frontera is another charming village. Considered as one of the most beautiful of the province, high on a hill you will find this idyllic place that calls on the visitor to get lost in pure Andalusia. Its Jewish Quarter, Arab patios and windmills are a thing of fairytales.
We continue our route of the coast of Cadiz on one of its best beaches: Bolonia Beach. This beach, located in Tarifa and awarded the title of one of the European top 10, stretches over more than 3 kilometers of fine white sand and turquoise sea. Surrounded by pine trees and with an enormous dune, it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful in Span. Besides, on Bolonia you will be able to see the architectonic remains of a Roman settlement.
Continuing on to the West, you will arrive to El Puerto de Santa Maria. El Puerto is located just 20 kilometres away from Cadiz, the capital of the province. It is a city with beautiful beaches and incredible local wines. It is known as the city of a thousand palaces and its traditional mansions, along with the lovely patios preserved in their interior, are a must-visit.
Another place of this province that has stolen our heart is Chipiona. This is a truly beautiful coastal village. Its beaches are exceptional. What’s more, the lighthouse of Chipiona is the tallest one of all the Spain, allowing the visitors to take from the town impressive images of the coast of Cadiz.
If you decide to get to know Chipiona, you must also visit Sanlucar de Barrameda and the Doñana National Park. You can take a walk through the park or ride through it on a bike or a jeep, take a boat and even go for a camel riding excursion. It is a place of uspoiled nature and between its endless beaches, dunes, forest and marshes, time just flies by.
Leaving the beaches behind, we set sail towards the interior of the province. Our route begins in Arcos de la Frontera, some 40 minutes away from the capital of the province. It is one of the quintessentialwhite villages of the province. Standing high on a rocky hill by the Guadalete River, this is a place with a lot of history, bursting with enchanting places. Besides taking a stroll through its rich history, lovers of the grape can turn their visit into a wine route.
Although a bit further from the capital of the province, Sierra de Grazalema is an area well worth a visit. In the Grazalema Natural Park you will be able to immerse yourself in an amazing place where the architecture meets the nature. Its green forests and landscapes with the views of the Atlantic will take you by surprise. You will take home as a souvenir a memory of its rich vegetation and white villages spread across the landscape like snow. Some of the most beautiful villages in this area are Ubrique, El Bosque, Zahara de la Sierra and Grazalema.
After taking a walk on the best beaches and around the prettiest white villages of the province, don`t miss a visit to a city that has a lot to offer: Jerez de la Frontera. Between the history, culture and music hidden in this beautiful city, your day in Jerez will simply fly by. And remember: a trip to Jerez is not complete without visiting its famous wineries and tasting the most talked of wines in Spain.
In order to take in everything that the province of Cadiz has to offer, we recommend you to explore it in the spring or summer, when longer days allow to enjoy its marvelous landscapes even more than usual.