This is one of the oldest cities in Spain and was founded by the Phoenicians in the eighth century BC. Situated in a silver bay, this historical city thrives in a typical Andalusian atmosphere of charm and merriment, with its white houses and tropical plant life. On 19 March 1812, the Parliament met in Cádiz to enact the first Constitution of the Spanish monarchy. The similarity between Cádiz and Havana is undeniable, as Carlos Cano sang in his Habaneras de Cádiz. The city has not only urban landscapes, but also horizons of sentiment, of how to live life and understand people.
The Moorish Jewel, located on the foothills of Sierra Nevada and home to one of the most admired palaces in the world: the Alhambra, with its impressive Gardens of El Generalife.
This is probably the oldest city in Spain and has a long-standing seafaring tradition. Today it thrives on industrial development and the business brought by its important port. Both the city and its surroundings are marked by their union with Hispano-America and the figure of Christopher Columbus, who set off from the nearby port of Palos de Frontera on his first voyage to America. Very close to the city, tourists can visit the Monastery of La Rábida, where Columbus prepared his voyage and which is today inhabited by only six monks. And, down by the estuary, as part of a beautiful, theatrical stage, visitors can enjoy the reconstruction of the historic port and the three caravels.
DOÑANA NATIONAL RESERVE
Located on the mouth of the River Guadalquivir, next to Matalascañas and El Rocío, this reserve covers an impressive area of beaches with moving dunes and marshes. It has important animal life and is breeding ground for various species during their migrations between Eurasia and Africa, as well as the interior of the continent.
COSTA DE LA LUZ
This stretches along the Atlantic coast of the provinces of Huelva and Cádiz, offering very beautiful fine-sand beaches and brave seas. The main tourist resorts include Isla Canela, Isla Cristina, Islantilla, La Antilla, El Rompido, Nuevo Portil, Punta Umbría, Matalascañas, Rota, El Puerto de Santa María, Chiclana, Conil de La Frontera, Zahara de Los Atunes and Tarifa. Hearing the name of Zahara de los Atunes evokes one of the most coveted areas of the Spanish coast and one of the last-remaining lost paradises to be found on the peninsula. Zahara is a small fishing village that has been put on the map by tourism and, despite the growing number of visitors, urbanisations and hotels, it still maintains its relaxed, unspoiled atmosphere.
JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
This is naturally home to the world-famous Vino de Jerez (Sherry Wine) and, together with its houses with their coats of arms and busy streets, tourists can also visit the city’s wineries. In Jerez, recognised internationally thanks to its equestrian tradition, visitors will find shows and competitions that demonstrate the nobility and beauty of Andalusian thoroughbred horses.