Jul 16, 2008

Cadiz




Cadiz is the oldest city in western Europe with records suggesting that the city was occupied more than 3,000 years ago. The original Iberian settlers lived here an future civilizations of Greeks and Phoenicians were here. Cadiz was an important trading post for the Carthaginians and was occupied by the Romans before the Visigoths defeated them. The city projects out into the sea and has therefore always been important as a seafaring town which has always had strong ties with the African continent from where adventurers and merchants came and opened up the New World of the Americas.
Yet there is more to Cadiz than the city. The province of Cadiz covers over 7,000 square kilometres and has a coastline of 250km. Few tourists make it this far south into Spain and miss out on a region of outstanding natural beauty. From Sanlucar de Barrameda just below the national park of DoƱana all the way along the coast as far as Sotogrande on the Costa del Sol you will find some of Spain's most beautiful golden beaches and little of the destruction of the environment associated with mass tourism along most of Spain's Mediterranean coastline.
Inland lie the "White Villages" (Pueblos Blancos) which are a series of small villages with chalk coated houses dating back to the Middle Ages. Arcos de la Frontera, Zahara de la Sierra, Grazalema and Setenil are ones we tend to visit on our private tours. Fascinating wildlife abounds in the interior with many species of eagles and vultures which make this a birdwatchers paradise. Around Medina Sidonia are large bull breeding farms where you can see these magnificent beasts in their natural environment.
Many towns in the area are called ' de la Frontera' which results from the period of the Reconquest when the border between the Christians and the Moors was constantly changing as the battle for territory took place. The most famous of these towns is Jerez de la Frontera whose regional airport is now a destination for a growing number of budget airlines jetting people in from abroad. Jerez is the world centre of the sherry industry and daily tours of the cellars (bodegas) is a popular activity as is a visit to the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art where you can watch fabulous displays by the dancing horses.




Jerez Airport Transport

The recent opening up of Jerez airport has made it a popular destination for city break visitors to the city of Jerez de la Frontera.
It is also an ideal arrival point for people going further afield to the secluded coastal towns of the Costa de la Luz, to the inland villages known as the "Pueblos Blancos", to Seville and even further south to Gibraltar and the Costa del Sol.
The best option is to pre-book Jerez airport transfers and have your driver waiting for you on arrival.
Transfers into Jerez city are available and drivers can be booked to transfer you further afield including Seville. All group sizes are catered for.
Buses do operate into Jerez city and down to Cadiz between 6.30am and 10.30pm. It's only about €1 into Jerez.
A few local taxis are available to meet arrivals.

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