The city of Cadiz is happily situated in the Cadiz Province, a particularly popular part of Spain, which attracts many thousands of visitors every year. But despite the growing interest in this part of the country, the windswept beaches and coastal fishing ports of the province still remain relatively untouched compared to the much busier tourist hotspots in the Costa del Sol. From the stunning beauty of Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park to the tranquil Costa de la Luz – the Coast of Light – loved by windsurfers and birdwatchers alike, there’s a wealth to discover in the area. When you’re studying Spanish in Cadiz, make sure you take the chance to escape the city and explore the region. Here are a few places you could start with…
The Bullring of El Peutro
The city of El Peurto de Santa María is steeped in history and was actually where Christopher Columbus set sail for his second expedition to the Americas. Not far from Cadiz, it’s popular for its sherry and beautiful beaches – but is mainly known for its bullfighting. The Plaza de Toros bullring dates from the 19th century and is one of the largest rings in Spain, seating over 12,000 people – a spectacular place to experience this important part of Spanish culture.
Horse Riding at the Fair of Jerez
The Feria del Caballo (meaning Horse Fair), held in the countryside of Jerez, is one of the most important celebrations in the region. It has even been declared as an international interest celebration by the Spanish Secretariat for Tourism and Commerce. Its routes are said to be from the middle ages, where farmers would gather to trade on their animals – mainly horses – and would celebrate the deals by drinking sherry. Held in May, today the Feria sees the village come alive, serving popular sherry-based cocktail Rebujito and partying under a roof of lights until dawn.
Kite Surf in Tarifa
The beautiful town of Tarifa in the Campo de Gibralta, nicknamed the ‘wind capital’, is one of the most popular places in the world for kite surfing and windsurfing, and a great place to try out one of these activities. It’s also a lovely place to stay, with beautiful beaches, a peaceful and friendly atmosphere and the mountains of Morocco just visible across the sea.
The Castle of Santiago
Sanlucar de Barrameda, a city in the northwest of the region, was declared a Cultural Historical site in 1973. It also boasts a fabulous castle, which is steeped in history and worth exploring, and the city is also renowned for its sherry and horse riding.
Climb the Endrinal Mountains
If you’re a mountaineering fan, it’s well worth taking a trip up to the Cadiz mountain region in the northeast to explore the 52,000 hectare Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park and its spectacular mountain ranges. If you’re a birdwatcher, this area is particularly famous for its large population of vultures.
From trying out a new adventure activity to exploring some classic Spanish history, there’s plenty for students in Cadiz to discover right on your doorstep – don’t miss out!