If you’re spending a few days in Cádiz and fancy a day trip out of the city, there are some wonderful destinations nearby. From Jerez de la Frontera, the home of Spanish sherry, to some of Andalusia’s most beautiful whitewashed villages, all of these gems are within an hour by car or train. Read on for the best day trips to take from Cádiz.
Jerez de la Frontera
Jerez de la Frontera is one of Andalusia’s best-kept secrets and is less than an hour away by car or train from Cádiz. This elegant, whitewashed city is famous for two things: sherry and horses. In order to fully immerse yourself in its culture, attend one of the amazing equestrian ballets staged by the the city’s Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and follow it up with a well-lubricated tour of the cellars of Tio Pepe or Gonzalez Byass. The old Moorish quarter is the city’s most beautiful area and richly rewards aimless wandering.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda
If you’re visiting Cádiz in August, a day trip to Sanlúcar de Barrameda is a must. In the second and fourth weeks of that month, the town’s beaches are the spectacular setting for one of Spain’s most famous hosrse races, in which around 80 riders from all over Europe compete for prize money that runs into hundreds of thousands of euros. Sanlúcar is also on the northern point of Cádiz’s “Sherry Triangle” and produces deliciously sweet manzanilla wine, which is an ideal companion to the superb seafood you’ll also find here.
La Suara National Park
Located just thirty miles to the east of Cádiz (about 45 minutes by car) is the Parque Nacional La Suara – ideal for day trippers who want to totally forget about the city for a while. The shaded pathways of this 217-acre park run through thick pine forest and in between rows of eucalyptus trees, providing some perfect picnic spots along the way. Perhaps the best way to appreciate La Suara’s natural beauty – which over 50 species of bird call home – is to ride through it on horseback, an experience which many local tour agencies can arrange.
Arcos de la Frontera
One of Andalusia’s most attractive pueblos blancos (white villages) perches dramatically on top of the Peña Vieja hill, its sugar cube houses looking out over the verdant expanses of the Guadelete valley. Not for nothing is this achingly romantic place (situated just 45 miutes by car from Cádiz) often called Spain’s most beautiful village: pretty much every house on its winding, cobbled lanes looks like something straight out of a fairytale. At the top of the old quarter is the Castillo de los Arcos, from which you can take in panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.