Must-see attractions in Cádiz Province

  • Punta Paloma


    One of Andalucía's most fabulous beaches, Punta Paloma, 10km northwest of Tarifa, is famous for its huge blond sand dune. At its far western end, you can…

  • Tasting room in Bodega Tradicion, Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain.

    Bodegas Tradición

    Jerez de la Frontera

    An intriguing, evocative bodega, not only for its extra-aged sherries (at least 20, mostly 30 years old) but also because it houses the Colección Joaquín…

  • Dunes of the beaches of Valdevaqueros de Tarifa in Cádiz, Spain.

    Playa de Valdevaqueros


    Sprawling between 7km and 10km northwest of Tarifa, to the great white dune at Punta Paloma, Valdevaqueros is one of Tarifa's most popular kitesurfing…

  • Aerial view of cathedral and village

    Catedral de Cádiz


    Cádiz' beautiful yellow-domed cathedral is an impressively proportioned baroque-neoclassical construction, best appreciated from seafront Campo del Sur in…

  • Phoenician Hall in Museo de Cadiz.

    Museo de Cádiz


    Admittedly a little dusty, the Museo de Cádiz is the province's top museum. Stars of the ground-floor archaeology section are two Phoenician marble…

  • Baelo Claudia

    Southeast Cádiz Province & the Costa de la Luz

    The ruined town of Baelo Claudia is one of Andalucía's most important Roman archaeological sites. These majestic beachside ruins – with views across to…

  • El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain - August 20, 2008: View of the Osborne Bodega (Bodega El Tiro) with a bull statue in the foreground, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz Province, Andalusia, Spain, Western Europe.

    Bodegas Osborne

    El Puerto de Santa María

    Creator of the legendary black-bull logo still exhibited on life-size billboards all over Spain (now without the name), Osborne is El Puerto's best-known…

  • El Palmar

    Los Caños de Meca

    About 7km northwest of Los Caños, lovely, long El Palmar beach has Andalucía's best board-surfing waves from about October to May. In summer it's busy…

  • Jerez de la Frontera, Cathedral of San Salvador

    Catedral de San Salvador

    Jerez de la Frontera

    Echoes of Seville colour Jerez' dramatic cathedral, a surprisingly harmonious mix of baroque, neoclassical and Gothic styles. Standout features are its…

  • La Caleta Beach and Balneario de la Palma Building - Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain.

    Playa de la Caleta


    Hugging the western side of the Barrio de la Viña, this small, popular golden city beach catches the eye with its mock-Moorish balneario (bathhouse). It's…

  • Beach bars and customers on Playa de la Victoria.

    Playa de la Victoria


    An enjoyable walk/jog along the promenade from the Barrio de Santa María, this fine, wide strip of Atlantic sand, with summer beach bars, starts 1km south…

  • Cadiz, the oldest existing city in western Europe, is home to many beautiful and historic monuments and attractions. One of Cadiz's most famous landmarks is the Iglesia de Santa Cruz, the old cathedral. There is a well preserved Roman amphitheatre.

    Teatro Romano


    On the seaward edge of the Barrio del Pópulo, Cádiz' Roman theatre dates from the late 1st century BCE and, originally, had space for 10,000 spectators. A…

  • Cadiz, Spain. Citizens shopping in Cadiz downtown Market, Mercado Central de Abastos. Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain.

    Mercado Central de Abastos


    Spain's oldest covered market, Cádiz' lively Mercado Central de Abastos was unveiled in 1838. Now remodelled, it sells fresh fish, meat, vegetables and…

  • Plaza de Espana Square with Clock Tower (Torre del Reloj) and Consuegra City Hall - Consuegra, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.

    Torre del Reloj


    Following half a century off limits, the eastern tower of the cathedral is now open once more. Ascend via the twirling ramp for fabulous wraparound views…

  • Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain - November 21, 2018: Fortress of Santa Catalina (Castillo de Santa Catalina).

    Castillo de Santa Catalina


    This star-shaped 16th-century fortress was built after the Anglo-Dutch sacking of the city in 1596; it's now an exhibition centre. Within stands a tiny…

  • Alcázar

    Jerez de la Frontera

    Jerez' muscular yet elegant 11th- or 12th-century fortress is one of Andalucía's best-preserved Almohad-era relics. It's notable for its octagonal tower,…

  • Castillo de Guzmán El Bueno


    Though built in 960 on the orders of Cordoban caliph Abd ar-Rahman III, this restored fortress is named after Reconquista hero Guzmán El Bueno. In 1294,…

  • Plaza del Cabildo

    Arcos de la Frontera

    Lined with fine ancient buildings, Plaza del Cabildo is the heart of Arcos' old town, its vertiginous mirador affording exquisite panoramas over the Río…

  • Centro Andaluz de Flamenco

    Jerez de la Frontera

    Both architecturally intriguing – note the entrance's original 15th-century Mudéjar artesonado (ceiling of interlaced beams with decorative inserts) and…

  • Bodegas Hidalgo–La Gitana

    Sanlúcar de Barrameda

    Now run by the eighth generation, family-owned 1792-founded Bodegas Hidalgo still produces the famed La Gitana manzanillas that made its name, along with…

  • Walls

    Vejer de la Frontera

    Enclosing the 40,000-sq-metre old town, Vejer’s imposing 15th-century walls are particularly visible between the Arco de la Puerta Cerrada (of 11th- or…

  • Puerta de Tierra


    The imposing 18th-century 'Land Gate' guards the southeastern (and only land) entry to Cádiz' old town. You can wander the upper fortifications and…

  • Oratorio de la Santa Cueva


    Behind an unassuming door, the Santa Cueva conceals quite the surprise. Of its two superposed neoclassical 18th-century chapels (built on trade wealth…

  • Bodegas González–Byass

    Jerez de la Frontera

    Home to the famous Tío Pepe brand, 1835-founded González–Byass is one of Jerez' biggest sherry houses, just west of the Alcázar. There are several daily…

  • Estatua de la Cobijada

    Vejer de la Frontera

    Just below the castle is a lookout guarded by this statue of a woman dressed in Vejer's cloak-like, all-black traditional dress, the cobijada, which…

  • Bodegas Gutiérrez Colosía

    El Puerto de Santa María

    An intimate, family-run, 1838-founded sherry bodega, right beside the catamaran dock. Tours (1½ hours) end with a six-wine tasting, which can include…

  • Palacio de los Guzmán

    Sanlúcar de Barrameda

    Just off the old town's Calle Caballeros, this rambling palace was the home of the Duques de Medina Sidonia, the aristocratic family that once owned more…

  • Iglesia de San Miguel

    Jerez de la Frontera

    Built between the 15th and 18th centuries, this richly adorned church blends Gothic, Renaissance and baroque architecture, and was modelled on Seville…

  • Iglesia de Santa Cruz


    Cádiz' most ancient church and original cathedral was a Gothic-Mudéjar creation commissioned by Alfonso X El Sabio in 1263, on the site of a former mosque…

  • Plaza de Topete


    About 250m northwest of the cathedral, this triangular plaza is one of Cádiz’ most intimate. Bright with flowers, it's usually talked about as Plaza de…

  • Iglesia Santa María Mayor

    Southeast Cádiz Province & the Costa de la Luz

    With its Renaissance door giving way to a hushed Gothic-Mudéjar cloister, this 16th-century Gothic-Renaissance beauty stands on the place of an old mosque…

  • Museo de las Cortes de Cádiz


    A fairly dry collection of portraits and maps focusing especially on the revolutionary Cádiz Parliament of 1812, which took place in the baroque Oratorio…

  • Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la O

    Sanlúcar de Barrameda

    Fronting Calle Caballeros, this medieval church stands out among Sanlúcar’s many others for its elaborate 1360s Gothic-Mudéjar portal and its rich…

  • Museo Arqueológico

    Jerez de la Frontera

    In the Santiago quarter, Jerez' modern archaeology museum houses fascinating local relics dating from Paleolithic to 20th-century times. Grab a detailed…

  • Convento de las Mercedarias

    Arcos de la Frontera

    If it's open, step into the vestibule of this working 1642 convent, push a bell, and a concealed cloistered nun on the other side of a wooden partition…

  • Museo de Vejer

    Vejer de la Frontera

    Housed in a 17th- to 18th-century mansion, Vejer's museum has a small, impressive history and archaeology collection, running from the area's early…

  • Bodegas Barbadillo

    Sanlúcar de Barrameda

    With its Barrio Alto 1821-founded bodega, Barbadillo was the first family to bottle Sanlúcar's famous manzanilla and also produces one of Spain’s most…

  • Castillo de San Marcos

    El Puerto de Santa María

    Heavily restored in the 20th century and now owned by Bodegas Caballero, El Puerto's castle was constructed over an Islamic mosque by Alfonso X El Sabio…