Villages of Cádiz with a unique and singular soul
At the edge of the Atlantic, on the shores of the magical Guadalquivir, in the mountains, bordering Malaga, linked to winemaking quality, on rocky places, almost all of them, lording pure white, displaying legends that date back to Roman times and stories everywhere… There are charming Spanish villages in the Cadiz province, the same retaining the architectural essence and life of the luminous Andalucia.
We start with some of the most charming villages in Cadiz, the same retaining the essence of Andalucia:
1. Sanlúcar de Barrameda
Stately and aristocratic, Sanlucar de Barrameda was, at the time, one of the favorite summer destinations of the Andalucian elite. The sunsets in Bajo de Guia with Doñana on the background are unforgettable. Its numerous monuments reflect the important past that as crucial point of the overseas trade with the Americas the town had. Notable for example the Keep from where it is said that the Queen Isabel the Catholic first saw the sea.
Another major attraction of the town is its cuisine. Taste some Sanlucar prawns at Casa Bigote or the Balbino shrimp fritters is a must for the traveler. All washed down with manzanilla wines for which the town is famous.
Tarifa is the wind. It’s surf. And is beach. In addition, Tarifa has the special charm that gives it being the city that is closest to the African continent.
Sailor airs mixed with Mozarabic and new ‘cool’ trends fill this town with intermingling and color that year after year has incorporated numerous alternatives for tourists to its leisure.
History mixed with the modernity of the kite surf boards that fill the sky of this coast in the summer with its comets.
3. Jerez de la Frontera
For lovers of good wines of Jerez, most of its wineries are open to visitors and offer tastings of their products while enjoying its history. Of course we must not leave without getting enamored with horse shows from the local school, unique in the world.
Lovers of the curious things have an appointment at the Museo de los Relojes and art lovers can enjoy the Centro Andaluz de Flamenco, a walk in the Alcázar, the Cathedral (with the work of Zurbaran, Madonna and Child), the Collegiate or old University, the Cartuja and the Church of San Miguel. Jerez de la Frontera offers options for everyone, even a zoo that will delight the little ones.
4. Conil de la Frontera
The town of Conil is one of the most unique of the so called Costa de la Luz. Municipality of seafaring tradition, has been converted thanks to its touristic attraction.
Throughout its 14 kilometers of coastline it can be seen beaches for all tastes, fine white sand and clear water.
As travel proposal we highlight is to complete the Tuna Route of almadraba held in early summer and where you can sample this delicacy from the sea in the different bars and restaurants in the city.
In addition to its authentic fishing port is recommended to visit the Tower of Guzman, keep built by Alonso Perez de Guzman, Guzman the Good, in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.
At the heart of the Sierra de Cadiz is Grazalema, a town that, curiously holds the record for being the site of Spain that has the highest rate of rain on the peninsula.
The town center is listed as a Historical Site, and combines the typical architecture of white villages with the history of its important monuments among which the baroque Church of Nuestra Señora de la Aurora.
The Pinsapar, the Green Gorge and the Llano de Ravel are essential routes.
6. Arcos de la Frontera
Spectacular its image on a high on which its streets and huddled white houses are highlighted. We must get lost on its corners and cobbled alleys while seeking the Church of Santa María de la Asunción or San Pedro, both of Gothic style. Do not leave this beautiful town without a tour by the Palacio del Mayorazgo.
7. Medina Sidonia
Very close to Arcos de la Frontera is the illustrious Medina Sidonia with an interesting old town and a castle almost in ruins. In the central town square, next to the Church of Santa María la Coronada, purely Andalucian traditional cafes open their doors with unique delicacies of Jewish and Arab influences.
8. Castellar de la Frontera
In the region of Campo de Gibraltar is one of the municipalities of the province with greater charm. It is Castellar de la Frontera, green lung of the area and stands on a large massif where, in Castellar Viejo, its fortress (15th-16th centuries) rises, perfectly restored.
Of medieval character emphasizes its majesty. And the Almoraima Tower, located on a hill that in its time served as a means to deliver news to the people. In Castellar do not miss a good dish of venison marinated with wine and aromatic herbs in stews.
Chipiona is a charming town that retains the seafaring tradition. Its main attraction is the beaches that run much of its coastline. Characterized by having the known fish weirs.
The cuisine is as varied and rich as its land, from the sea to the garden, to the vineyards, where good Muscat has become among one of the best wines of the province. Moreover, its festivals, declared of Tourist Interest in Andalucia, both the feast of the Virgen de Regla and the Carnival.
10. Alcalá de los Gazules
In the heart of the Parque Natural de los Alcornocales and the Ruta del Toro, the village of Janda offers an attractive tourist offer that unites its natural landscape, with an exquisite cuisine and its history traces.
In the old town are the remains of the castle and Muslim walls in the vicinity of the Plaza San Jorge, that gives name to the Church Mayor de Alcalá dating from the fifteenth century.
The alcalaina cuisine is very rich and varied. We can find wild products such as asparagus, thistles or from the garden and ready-made as hot gazpacho.
11. Zahara de la Sierra
At the feet of Sierra del Jaral, within the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, you’ll find Zahara de la Sierra, a gorgeous town, to which we must add the beauty of is privileged surroundings with the charm of its historic castle, the church of Santa María de Mesa, the Clock Tower, and exquisite San Juan de Letrán chapel.
Olvera is an obligated destination when touring the most beautiful villages in the province of Cadiz. Most notable sites worth seeing are the Arab castle, the parish church of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, and the church of Victoria or the Muslim Wall, plus other monuments that stand out among numerous sites of tourist and historical interest within this gorgeous village of Cadiz.
13. Puerto de Santa María
Very near Cadiz, exactly at the mouth of the Guadelete, is Puerto de Santa Maria, a luminous location where you can enjoy all the beauty of a magnificent artistic heritage for its value and variety. Including, among others, the Hospital of San Juan de Dios, the Victoria Monastery, the San Marcos Castle, the Priory Church, La Lonja, and the Galeras Fountain. It was also in this village where famous “Sailor on Dry Land”, the great poet Rafael Alberti, was born, to whom a precious house-museum has been devoted, a must-see on your visit to this village.
You will find Ubrique on the White Villages Route. This is a historical municipality of Roman origin, as attested by the route that leads to Benaocaz and the magnificent ruins of Ocuri. Ubrique enjoys a rather notable heritage, both Muslim and Christian. The churches of San Antonio, San Juan de Letrán, and the Capuchin Monastery are outstanding. If you visit this site, don’t forget to enjoy its traditional and famous leather goods industry with a stroll around its Leather Museum.
15. Villaluenga del Rosario
Villaluenga del Rosario is the highest village in Cadiz, as it is found at the feet of a mountain range, providing its steep narrow roads with outstanding charm. This village is nestled within the famous White Villages Route, named after their whitewashed façades. The beautiful monuments in this municipality include the outstanding Calvary chapel, and the churches of Salvador and San Miguel. Furthermore, its Bullring is one of the oldest in Spain.
To conclude this village, we must add this is one of the sites where you can enjoy the famous Payoya goat cheese.
Barbate breathes the winds of both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, as this village is a classic fishing village, so common in the province of Cadiz. This village is found a stone’s throw away from the wonderful and famous beaches of Zahora, Caños de Meca, and Zahara de los Atunes, known as the best waters in Europe.
During your visit to this village, don’t miss the chance to enjoy local cuisine, hand in hand with tuna and a wide array of fishes, in addition to wonderful garden vegetables.
Where to stay
Fuerte Hoteles is always the best option to stay in Andalucia, know its cities and rest. The chain has facilities where you can enjoy, in addition to its services, the best of each point of the region, a good example is Fuerte Grazalema, nestled in the mountains and with a spectacular pool that makes you forget everything and enjoy the most relaxing holidays in the most natural way. On the other hand, if you prefer lounging on the beach, Fuerte Conil is located opposite to one of the most beautiful beaches of Spain, the beach of La Fontanilla. It is noted for its unique Andalucian style, its 25,000 square meters of gardens, 4 outdoor pools, Jacuzzi, tennis courts and a full equipped Spa.