Cadiz - one of Europe's most ancient cities - hugs Andalusia’s sunlit Atlantic coast and is characterised by palm trees, lookout towers and weathered old buildings. Now into its fourth millennium, Cádiz's fascinating Old Town district is home to huge stone walls from the 1500s and the beautifully crafted 18th century Cádiz Cathedral.
Boasting over 100 watchtowers, including the iconic Torre Tavira, traditionally used for spotting ships; traditional tapas bars serving delicious traditional cuisine and local seafood; and fascinating maritime history; Cádiz offers a plethora of authentic sights and experiences. The winding streets assume the feel of a carnival, packed-out with friendly locals and humming to the sounds of upbeat alegrías (flamenco songs).
Cádiz is also the gateway to the stunning city of Seville, with its maze of courtyards, atmosphere old quarters and ornate churches and cathedrals.
The ancient town of Jerez is Andalusia’s fifth largest city and is most famous for the fortified wine, known as sherry. Some say that the word 'sherry' was a mispronunciation of 'Jerez' by the early British visitors who couldn’t pronounce the Spanish 'J'.
Jerez is also well known for the Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. The institution is devoted to conserving the ancestral abilities of the Andalusian horse and maintaining the classical traditions of Spanish baroque horsemanship.
The myths about the origins of tapas are about as many as the flavourings of this bite-sized Spanish morsel. However, many believe it originated in Cádiz after a visit from Alfonso XIII. So popular is this style of eating that, today, on most Spanish menus, everything is available in a tapas-sized portion.