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Top Choice Beach in Tarifa

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 lather yourself up in a natural mud bath.
Top Choice Seafood in El Puerto de Santa María

Aponiente

Audacious is the word for the bold experimentation of leading Spanish chef Angel León, whose seafood-biased nueva cocina has won a cavalcade of awards, transforming Aponiente into Andalucía's first triple-Michelin-s…
Top Choice Moroccan in Vejer de la Frontera

El Jardín del Califa

The sizzling atmosphere matches the cooking at this exotically beautiful restaurant, also a hotel and tetería (teahouse). It's hidden in a cavernous house where even finding the bathroom is a full-on adventure. The …
Top Choice Cafe in Tarifa

Café Azul

This long-established Italian-run place with eye-catching blue-and-white Moroccan-inspired decor whips up the best breakfasts in Tarifa, if not Andalucía. You'll want to eat everything. The fresh fruit salad with mu…
Top Choice Winery in Jerez de la Frontera

Bodegas Tradición

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 Rivero, a private Spanish art collection that includes import…
Top Choice Beach in Tarifa

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 beaches, blessed with dusty alabaster-hued sand and aqua waters.
Top Choice Cathedral in Cádiz

Catedral de Cádiz

Cádiz' beautiful yellow-domed cathedral is an impressively proportioned baroque-neoclassical construction, best appreciated from seafront Campo del Sur in the evening sun. Though commissioned in 1716, the project wa…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Bolonia

Baelo Claudia

The ruined town of Baelo Claudia is one of Andalucía's most important Roman archaeological sites. These majestic beachside ruins – with fine views across to Morocco – include the substantial remains of a theatre, a …
Top Choice Museum in Cádiz

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 sarcophagi carved in human likeness, along with lots of headless Ro…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in Los Caños de Meca

Parque Natural de la Breña y Marismas del Barbate

This 50-sq-km coastal park protects important marshes, cliffs and pine forest from Costa del Sol–type development. Its main entry point is a 7.2km (two-hour) walking trail, the Sendero del Acantilado, between Los Ca…