Three thousand years ago seafaring traders from Phoenicia arrived in southern Spain and established a colony on what was then an island, now joined to the mainland by a sandy isthmus. Almost completely surrounded by the sea, the city of Cadiz has a special quality that puts it in a class of its own.
Stretching south of the city along the Costa de la Luz ("Coast of Light") are miles and miles of wide, sandy beaches, ending at Tarifa, on the southernmost tip of mainland Europe, and the continent's favorite windsurfing spot. To the north of the city lies Jerez de la Frontera and the legendary "Sherry Triangle", home of the famous aged wines which have been consumed with gusto all over Europe for centuries.
Constrasting with the rolling landscape of the coast are the spectacular inland sierras, dotted with picturesque white villages such as Arcos de la Frontera. Much of the region is protected as wilderness areas, including the Grazalema and Alcornocales nature parks.
Cadiz, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe
Sherry, the world's favorite aperitif wine
The white villages of the Cadiz sierra
The wide, sandy beaches of the Costa del la Luz
The freshest seafood you can get
The Grazalema nature park
The "Dancing Horses" of Jerez
Travel in Cadiz
Of Cork Trees and Castles
Venturing into the Los Alcornocales park in search of nature and history.
Where Sun Meets Wind
Thousands of surfers make the pilgrimage to Tarifa, the wind capital of Europe.
A Taste of the Sea
Wine, seafood, horses, and the ever-present ocean, in the town of Sanlucar de Barrameda on the Cadiz coast
A Priviledged Place
The legendary golf course of Valderrama is just one of the attractions in the Sotogrande resort in Cadiz.
Kingdom of the Horse
A unique Moorish monument and the finest horses in Spain are an added attraction for Jerez, the home of Sherry.
The Voice of the Island
Encounter a flamenco legend, tour wildlife-rich salt marshes by jet ski, and enjoy a luxury holiday on the Cadiz coast.
First Port of Call
History, wine, seafood and an original hotel in El Puerto de Santa Maria.
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