Puerto de Santa María is a good starting point to explore Andalucía. There are numerous wonderful locations within a reasonable distance to be visited to make your stay memorable. Here we suggest just a few and hope you enjoy visiting them.
Arcos de la Frontera
Arcos de la Frontera is situated on cliffs high above a meander in the River Guadalete. Legend has it that Arcos de la Frontera was founded around the time of the Great Biblical Flood, built originally by the King Brigo, Noah’s grandson, some 2000 years before Christ. The town’s emblem includes the following: "King Brigo founded Arcos and Alfonso the Wise recovered it from the Moors".A typical defensive hill village with cobbled streets leading up to a castle which was built in the fifteenth century on Moorish foundations. The view from the castle and village is staggering.
Tower of Sta.Maria Church
Church of San Pablo
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Cádiz Cathedral from the Harbor (inset Town Hall)
Cádiz stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay,
and is almost entirely surrounded by water.Some
of the city's 18th century walls still stand, such as the Landward Gate. The old, central quarter of Cadiz is famous for its picturesque charm, and many of the buildings reflect the city's overseas links.The old city looks quite Moorish in appearance and is intriguing with narrow cobbled streets opening onto small squares.
Front of the Cathedral
Aerial view of Cádiz
Located on a low hill overlooking a fertile plain, Carmona is a picturesque, small town with a magnificent 15th century tower built in imitation of Seville's Giralda.At the entrance to the town is the Puerto de Sevilla a grand if ruinous fortified gateway which leads to the historic old part of the city. Within the wall, narrow streets meander past Mudejar churches and Renaissance mansions. Carmona has a wonderful Parador.
Cordoba's hour of greatest glory came when it became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus, and this was when work began on the Great Mosque, or "Mezquita", which – after several centuries of additions and enlargements – became one of the largest in all of Islam.
As well as the unique mosque-cathedral, Cordoba's treasures include the Alcazar, or Fortress, built by the Christians in 1328; the Calahorra Fort, originally built by the Arabs, which guards the Roman Bridge, on the far side of the river from the Mezquita, and the ancient Jewish Synagogue, now a museum.
The Parque Nacional de Doñana is one of Europe's most important wetland reserves and a major site for migrating birds. It is an immense area; the parque itself and surrounding parque natural or Entorno de Doñana (a protected buffer zone) amount to over 1,300 sq km in the provinces of Huelva, Sevilla and Cádiz. It is internationally for recognised for its great ecological wealth
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Grazalema is famous for being one of the wettest villages in Spain due to its micro climatic position. It is a classic white village with white washed houses, cobbled narrow streets and iron balconies. A bull chase through the streets is a fiesta that takes place on a Monday in mid July, the first Monday after Virgen del Carmen.
Jerez de la Frontera became famous throughout the world for its sweet wines named after the town, which the British pronounced "sherry". It is called "de la Frontera" because it once stood on the frontier between the Moorish and the Christian realms. Jerez is also famous, throughout the world, for its fine horses and brilliant singers and dancers of flamenco.
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Sevilla lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir and is one of the largest historical centres in Europe, it has the minaret of La Giralda, the cathedral (one of the largest in Christendom), and the Alcázar Palace. Part of its treasure include Casa de Pilatos, the Town Hall, Archive of the Indies (where the historical records of the American continent are kept), the Fine Arts Museum (the second largest picture gallery in Spain) , plus convents, parish churches and palaces.
Tarifa is the southernmost tip of, not only the Spanish peninsula, but the whole of Continental Europe. It is a very popular holiday destinations in Cádiz Province, attracting scores of kitesurfers, windsurfers and beach lovers to its shores every year.
Tarifa has actually become in the last ten years one of the best European resorts for wind sports lovers.
Ceuta is a Spanish and European city in North Africa. The anchor point for an imaginary bridge that links two continents; natural shelter in the middle of the Straits of Gibraltar, where the waters of the Atlantic and the Mediterranean meet, it is a natural settling point for different civilisations and cultures.
First time visitors will be pleasantly surprised by the diverse range of attractions on offer in Gibraltar. Steeped in a history that has evolved from its strategic location at the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, where Europe meets Africa, visitors are assured of breathtaking scenery, wildlife and architecture, that captures the unique flavour of this Mediterranean City and its inhabitants. As a VAT free jurisdiction, Gibraltar's popularity with visitors is enhanced by its value added shopping experience in famed Main Street.
Ronda is one of Andalucia's loveliest towns, steeped in history. It stands on a towering plateau in the mountains which are the frontier between the provinces of Cadiz and Malaga. It is famous throughout Spain for the plunging river gorge which divides the medieval from the 18th century parts of the town. This gorge is known as "El Tajo" - "The Cliff", and is spanned by a stone bridge, which once housed a prison. Visitors love to peer down into the gorge, to see the waters of the River Guadalevin.
Vejer de la Frontera
The classic white village of Vejer de la Frontera on the hilltop is well worth a visit.
It is actually 10 kilometers inland, perched high above the steep gorge of the River Barbate. The more interesting arrival is from the outpost at the bottom of the ravine called La Barca de Vejer.
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