Excursions in Cadiz / Jerez
Excursions in Cadiz / Jerez: Walking through Cadiz is to wander through the ages. As Europe’s longest continuously inhabited city, it offers visitors a wealth of attractions. This two-hour guided tour offers a fascinating introduction to this hidden gem of a city.
Some 3,000 years ago, when the Phoenicians settled in this peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic, they gave it the name Gadir, which meant ‘walled stronghold’. The Romans called it Gades and the Moors named it Quadis. This morning walk will stroll through the remains of all those periods to the present.
You will stroll from the City Hall to La Caleta, a beautiful city centre beach that has a white pier. Nearby are the castles of Santa Catalina and San Sebastian, which date from when Cadiz was an important bulwark protecting the Spanish Empire.
Our walking tour through these three millennia of history will take us through the medieval Populo district, passing the baroque beauty of the Admiral’s House and the old cathedral, which before that was a mosque. Then we’ll move to the awe-inspiring square dominate by the new cathedral to learn all about its little quirks.
Visual and sensory treats await at the colourful and fragrant Plaza de las Flores and the nearby market. From there, we will make our way to the commercial hub to admire palaces, churches and historic homes. There will also be – if there is no event taking place – a visit to the casino, an intricate example of neo-Arabesque architecture from the mid-19th century.
Meeting/ Pick up point: Tourist office at Paseo de Canalejas.
Duration: two hours.
Start or opening time: Monday to Friday at 10am.
English, Spanish, German, French and Italian.
Others: Children must be accompanied. Please present your voucher to ensure the visit.
Excursions in Cadiz / Jerez: To visit Cadiz without exploring La Viña is to not visit Cadiz at all. This vibrant and earthy district on La Caleta beach is the beating heart of the city, the place where the locals go to let their hair down, nibble on tapas and imbibe fine wines.
Viña means vine in Spanish and the name dates from a time when grapes were harvested for wine production. It’s fitting that centuries later, this is where you go to taste the best wines in Cadiz.
This night-time tour will visit the most picturesque and emblematic spots in La Viña, capping it off with some tapas and wine and one of the liveliest taverns. Accompanied by the hum of terrace chatter and the aroma of fried fish, you will stroll through cobblestoned alleys of whitewashed homes bedecked with plants and flowers that open up into quaint squares heaving with diners.
The taverns and restaurants of La Viña are where bullfighters, singers, dancers and actors have descended upon over the centuries to celebrate performances, adding to the area’s legend. Every nook and cranny is dripping with atmosphere.
During the summer, the tour begins just as the sun begins to set to the west of La Viña, a truly breathtaking sight and the ultimate scene setter for this most seductive of tours. La Viña is where you come to if you want to live and breathe the essence of Cadiz.
Meeting/ Pick up point: La Caleta tourist office.
Duration: 90 minutes.
Start or opening time: 8pm on Friday and Saturday.
Excursions in Cadiz / Jerez: The Bodegas Fundador Pedro Domecq is the oldest Sherry firm in the city of Jerez, dating back to the 18th Century. It is also one of the most exclusive and singular bodegas in this city dedicated to sherry.
On this guided tour, after a brief introduction video, we'll visit some spectacular, historical buildings including the wine cellars of San Pedro, El Molino and La Luz, among others, where you'll see row on row of American Oak casks used for storing the different sherries and brandies. In the complex you'll also see pretty traditional Andalusian patios and shady 18th Century gardens.
All of the sites are an excellent combination of art, history, architecture, craftsmanship, and of of course great sherry, making this one of the best and most interesting bodegas to visit. A tour of these unique bodegas will take you back in time, providing you with a feast for your senses The firm was even named as the best wine producer in the world in 2005 by the International Wine and Spirits Competition.
Tours are provided in both English and Spanish and take around an hour. A tour of the cellars as well as a tasting session is included. For an additional price, tapas will also be provided at the sherry tasting session. There is also a shop where you will be able to purchase the different brandies and sherries produced by the bodega.
Excursions in Cadiz / Jerez: Bodegas Real Tesoro Valdespino is much more than a bodega. Here you will be offered the opportunity to discover the fundamental pillars of Jerez culture: the passion for fine wine, horses and art.
In this guided tour we'll start by visiting the central patio with its magnificent collection of baroque works of art, the Bodega de Lola where Tio Mateo Sherry is produced, the bottling plant where from a balcony you will be able to observe the process undergone by the wine from the moment it enters the plant until it leaves, ready to be sold.
Next we'll visit the Bodega's stud where Spanish thoroughbred horses are bred. You'll have plenty of time to admire these magnificent animals and to visit a collection of antique harnesses and carriages.
Next we'll visit Gran Bodega Valedespino with its 25,000 casks of American Oak, one of the largest wine -cellars in the area. Here you'll learn all about the different types of sherry and the famous solera and criadera system. Finally we'll visit the Bodega's Art gallery where you can see over 100 engravings by Picasso as well as works by Chillida, Miró, Zuluoaga, Tàpies, Dalí and many other contemporary artists. The visit will end with a wine-tasting.
This guided tour takes around 1 ½ hours and includes a wine-tasting. his guided tour takes around 1 ½ hours and includes a wine-tasting.
Excursions in Cadiz / Jerez: Departing from the port of Sancti-Petri (Chiclana de la Frontera), we will enter in the Natural Park of the Bay of Cadiz, which is located between the municipalities of Puerto Real, San Fernando, Cadiz and Chiclana. It is precisely the caño de Sancti Petri, located next to the village of the same name, the natural entrance to the Park, around a true natural maze of pipes and salinas. Pink flamingos, spoonbills, are some of the species of birds that make these lands their breeding grounds, or who used the Bay as a crossing point on their migratory routes. It has nothing to envy the avifauna of Cadiz to other places Bay, as it is the case of Doñana. You should not forget binoculars for this ride.
Excursions in Cadiz / Jerez: In this morning tour you'll get privileged views of the Bay of Cadiz with its amazing birdlife, impressive ancient ruins as well as the wonderful beach of la Barrosa.
We'll leave the port of Chiclana de la Frontera at 11:30 and sail into the Bay of Cadiz Nature Reserve. The Bay of Cadiz is a maze of salt marshes and creeks located between the towns of Cadiz, San Fernando, Chiclana and Puerto Real. Flamingoes and spoonbills are just some of the species of bird that use the Bay of Cadiz as a breeding ground or resting place on their migrations – so you should not forget your binoculars.
We'll pass the abandoned site of an almadraba (a maze of nets used for fishing tuna) continuously used from Phoenecian times until it was abandoned in 1973 as we head for the island of Sancti Petri. This small barren island was in ancient times the site of the famous Temple of Hercules, one of the most important sanctuaries in the ancient world. The temple began its decline in the 4th Century and was abandoned during the attacks of the Visigoths.
Centuries of war and destruction, of high tides, fierce storms and stone quarrying mean that there's not much left of the temple today. Now the only buildings on the island are a castle dating from the 17th Century and a lighthouse. Then we will then sail along the whole length of the beautiful beach of La Barrosa before returning to Chiclana at around 12:30.
This trip takes around an hour. The boat has an onboard bar where you can purchase soft drinks and beer.
Excursions in Cadiz / Jerez: Watch the sun go down behind the site of the Temple of Hercules as you watch the flamingoes take flight in this sunset cruise around the Bay of Cadiz.
We'll leave the port of Chiclana de la Frontera in the early evening and sail into the Bay of Cadiz Nature Reserve. Flamingoes and spoonbills are just some of the species of bird that use the Bay of Cadiz as a breeding ground or resting place on their migrations – so you should not forget your binoculars. The Bay of Cadiz is a maze of salt marshes and creeks located between the towns of Cadiz, San Fernando, Chiclana and Puerto Real.
We'll pass the abandoned site of an almadraba (a maze of nets used for fishing tuna) continuously used from Phoenecian times until it was abandoned in 1973 as we head for the island of Sancti Petri.
This small barren island was in ancient times the site of the famous Temple of Hercules, one of the most important sanctuaries in the ancient world. The temple began its decline in the 4th Century and was abandoned during the attacks of the Visigoths. Centuries of war and destruction, of high tides, fierce storms and stone quarrying mean that there's not much left of the temple today. Now the only buildings on the island are a castle dating from the 17th Century and a lighthouse.
Then in this evening boat ride you can admire the incomparable spectacle of the sun sinking into the Atlantic against the stark backdrop of the ruins of Sancti Petri Castle before returning to Chiclana between 20:00 and 21:00.
Excursions in Cadiz / Jerez: Cross the Straits of Gibraltar on a voyage of discovery and enjoy a glimpse of life in another continent with this day trip Morocco. Visit the historic cities of Tetouan and Tangier, while passing through the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. You will enjoy guided tours and free time as well as lunch at a traditional Moroccan restaurant.
The tour proper begins once have crossed the border from Ceuta to Morocco and head to Tetouan, a city that as recently as 1956 was part of a Spanish protectorate. There is still the odd reminder of these links. Set amid orange and almond groves, this ancient town provides an ideal combination of old and new. Visit Hassan II Square, the impressive royal palace, the old Jewish Quarter, the Mellah, and the old walled Medina, which is a Unesco World Heritage Site. A noon lunch in a traditional Moroccan restaurant will be enlivened with folk music. After lunch, continue on to Tangier, which was also controlled by Spain until 1956. Explore the modern city with is wide boulevards, sophisticated cafés and exclusive shops before diving into the Medina with its ancient souks. Mingle with the locals in djellaba as you wander the narrow alleyways filled with cubbyhole shops, bakeries and tailors – it’s almost like stepping back to the Middle Ages.
Meeting point: Information desk at the Port of Algeciras at 8.15am with return at about 8.30pm.
Languages: English and Spanish.
Other information: Remember to bring your passport and casual clothes, sunglasses and sunscreen.
Excursions in Cadiz / Jerez: This guided tour will take you around the facilities of Gonzalez Byass at Jerez de la Frontera, one of Spain's most famous Sherry Bodegas. More than 45 million litres of wine, brandy and sherry are stored here and guests will get the chance to sample a glass or two.
We'll walk through the different cellars, some of them nearly two hundred years old as your guide tells you all about the building's fascinating history. The bodegas consist of a complex of different buildings where you can learn how different types of sherries and brandies are made.
We'll visit La Viña San Manuel, the only vineyard open to the public in a Sherry Bodega, before going down into the cellars where the brandy is stored, the walls stained black by the high concentration of alcohol in the air. Then we'll see a brief video on the history of the Bodegas in La Cuadra before we visit the Bodega of the Apostles where you'll see row on row of massive barrels. Then we'll visit the Bodegas of La Constancia and Los Reyes, dating from 1857. On the barrels you'll see the signatures of the many celebrities, including artists, sportsmen and women and members of Royalty that have visited the bodegas over the years. And children will love the famous mice climbing tiny ladders to drink sweet wine from special glasses.
This guided tour takes around 1 ½ hours and includes a wine-tasting. There is also a shop in the bodega where you will have the chance to purchase souvenirs as well as some of the Bodega's many different sherries and brandies.
Excursions in Cadiz / Jerez: Discover Cádiz at your leisure with a this sightseeing tour. Cádiz is said to be the oldest city in Western Europe; it was founded by Phoenician sailors about 3000 years ago as a commercial stronghold.
This beautiful city is now famous for the picturesque, Moorish charm of its old town, situated at the tip of a narrow peninsula, buzzing with delightful plazas that are constantly full of life. The new town is an elegant metropolis where you'll find sophisticated shopping avenues together with excellent beaches.
This sightseeing tour provides 12 conveniently located stops around the city and enables you to make the most of your visit. Hop on and off at your leisure, as many times as you like using your ticket that is valid for 24 hours.
The route loops around the city and along the coast. You may wish to hop off and visit the city’s most famous landmarks - the Cathedral. The Plaza de la Catedral houses both the Cathedral and the baroque Santiago church, built in 1635. Lovers of architecture and culture may also wish to visit any number of the city’s many other churches.
For a fantastic view of Cádiz, hop off at the Torre Tavira and gaze through the Cámara Obscura, one of the city’s most popular attractions. Learn all about the history of Cádiz in one of the city’s museums which include the Museo de Cádiz, Museo de Las Cortes de Cádiz and the Palacio de Congresos. There is something for everyone in this beautiful city.
Excursions in Cadiz / Jerez: In this two hour excursion we'll sail out into the Straits of Gibraltar on the look out for whales and dolphins.
Whale watching is a fun as well as educational activity; you should be able to spot some of the three types of dolphin that inhabit the recently established Marine Nature Reserve in the area: Common, Striped and Bottlenose. They also share their habitat with Pilot Whales. If you're lucky you may even make a sighting of Killer Whales, Sperm Whales and Fin Whales as they migrate back and forth through the Straits from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean.
There are regular departures form the port of Tarifa in three different boats with capacity for 150, 60 and 10 passengers respectively. The excursion lasts 2 hours and there is a 90% possibility of a sighting. If there is no sighting then passengers will get another ticket for free for a second chance. The excursions are guided by English-speaking marine biologists whose commentaries will provide us with information about the ecosystem, and the biology and behaviour of these animals.
The beauty of Whale Watching at the Southernmost tip of Europe cannot be described: you'll see these sea-mammals playfully surrounding our boat, soaring in and out of the water. We guarantee you an unforgettable experience.
Don't forget to bring comfortable shoes, a jacket for the wind and sunglasses. Please note that food and drinks are not included in this excursion but snacks, soda, water and beer are available on board.
Excursions in Cadiz / Jerez: Bodegas Barbadillo, situated in Sanlucar de Barrameda, is home to many different types of sherries as well as one of Spain's best-selling white wines.
In this guided tour we will visit five different bodegas built in different architectural styles at this complex that dates from 1827 as well as the Bodega's fascinating Museum, as our knowledgeable guide will tell you all about the different aspects of wine-making.
The Barbadillo Museum is located in a building dating from the early nineteenth century, part of the large complex of wine cellars at the foot of the medieval castle of Santiago. At the museum itself you can learn all about wine production from the vineyard, to the fermentation process, storage, bottling and marketing. You will also learn about the history of Manzanilla sherry and the Barbadillo family and its important cultural heritage.
The museum is divided into two floors: on the ground floor you will find a gift shop and wine-tasting areas and the first storey contains displays on the history of Bodegas Barbadillo, and its key product, Manzanilla, together with a wide variety of utensils and machinery along with clear, concise information panels.
At the end of visit we will taste two kinds of sherry, Manzanilla and Cream. This guided tour takes around 1 hour and includes a wine-tasting.