CADIZ COAST - SHERRY AND WHITE TOWNS
Itinerary: Jerez - Sanlucar - Doñana - Cadiz - Jerez - Or continue to White Towns, Medina Sidonia, Tarifa and Costa de la Luz - (Day trip - two weeks)
In Jerez, visit the town's famous sherry bodegas, which offer fascinating tours, and of course tastings. Jerez is also famous for its horses and flamenco. Then make your way westwards to the coast on the A480, to Sanlucar de Barrameda, another "sherry town", famous for its seafood (try the prawns). From here, you can take a trip across the estuary into the Doñana National Park, with its stunning wildlife, especially interesting for birdwatchers.
Then take the coast road (A480/491), via the beach towns of Chipiona, Rota and Puerto Santa Maria, the third "sherry town", to Cadiz. This historic city has a well-preserved old centre and an atmosphere of irreverence - its Carnival is world-famous. If you're taking the day trip, return to Jerez on the CA33, completing your loop.
Alternatively, stay the night in Cadiz and then next day head inland on the A4/A382 to the Pueblos Blancos (White Towns). Stop in classic hilltop Arcos de la Frontera with its steep, cobbled streets, then turn south (A393) to Medina Sidonia. From here, it's a short drive (A393) to Vejer de la Frontera. This pretty walled Arabic town has quirky boutique hotels and restaurants is a great place to stay. It's close to the quiet beaches (off the N340) of the increasingly fashionable Costa de la Luz - isolated El Palmar, favourite of many, hippyish Los Caños de Meca, fishing village Zahara de los Atunes and Bolonia with its seaside Roman ruins. Don't miss Tarifa, the unofficial capital of this coast. The southernmost tip of Andalucia - and Spain - the famously windy town has a major watersports scene. Beach lovers and wind- and kite-surfers will be happy here for a couple of weeks.
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