If you are travelling with your family, you have to consider the little ones, and what activities or sites they may like the best. Here are a few recommendations:
1. Dolphin and whale watching (Tarifa):
Incredible but true. Several companies based in Tarifa run whale and dolphin spotting trips. You'll have a great morning out on the Strait of Gibraltar, with views of the African continent.
Whales and dolphins have always come here; in fact, a whaling factory was based in the Bay of Getares in Algeciras in the early 20th century. The company operating the boat trips is so sure that you'll spot the sea mammals that they'll give you a refund if none appear.
The area is visited by killer whales in the summer, but you can see dolphins all year round because they are residents of this stretch of sea connecting southern Europe with northern Africa.
2. Water parks:
Enjoy the following water parks:
- Aqualand (El Puerto de Santa María): www.aqualand.es
- Bahía Park (Algeciras): www.bahiapark.com
- Aquatarifa (Tarifa): www.aquatarifa.com
3. Crossing the Bay of Cadiz by boat or strolling along it:
Crossing the Bay of Cádiz is something you simply have to do. A busy schedule of catamaran trips is available. This lovely trip leaves the capital and runs to both Puerto de Santa María and Rota.
One of the boat trips takes you out into the Bay to see the impressive construction work for the new La Pepa bridge and the shipyards, and then pass under Carranza bridge before returning dockside, making for an original and relatively unknown sightseeing experience.
Another boat trip runs of the summer round the city perimeter walls and Santa Catalina castle, giving you views of the city from the sea before returning to La Caleta beach.
4. Visit the National Park of Doñana in the Real Fernando ship:
From Sanlúcar de Barrameda, you cross the Guadalquivir on board the Real Fernando to venture into Doñana. The boat moors at various points so passengers can see and enjoy the National Park and the nature park that surrounds it. A guide is with you for the whole trip.
The boat is berthed in Bajo de Guía, opposite the old ice factory, which houses a very interesting exhibition on the rich wildlife and landscapes in Doñana.
Real Fernando River Boat:
(+34) 956 363 813
5. Going up the Tavira Tower:
The highest point in the historic centre of Cadiz.
Tavira Tower (Torre Tavira) stands on the highest point in the old quarter of Cádiz. It use to be one of the lookout towers used for spotting ships, from which you will be amazed by the beautiful views over Cádiz and the sea in all of its fullness
Inside the Tower you will find an obscure chamber, a curious artefact that enables you to view what's happening in real time and watch both passers-by and local people outside the Tower and on Cádiz's rooftops.
6. Visit the lighthouse of Chipiona:
7. City Sightseeing Cadiz touristic bus:
Further information here: http://bit.ly/11xLaxZ
8. Visiting Vejer de la Frontera and the surrounding area on the tourist train:
Official and concerted routes designed latter tailored to an organized group. All of them are guided with the explanation of a professional of tourist information.
9. Botanical Zoo of Jerez de la Frontera:
It has the largest zoological collection of Andalusia, with over 1,200 animals of nearly 200 species from five continen.
10. Ciudad de los Niños y las Niñas (City of Children) (Jerez):
Natural space designed for play, leisure and the enjoyment of the entire family, where will surprise you every day with a wide range of services, products and activities as shows, animations, play Centre, library and many other surprises that will make your stay in the Park becomes a unique, pleasant and fun experience.
11. Honey Museum (Jerez):
Discover the secrets of beekeeping in the most entertaining way possible.
Sweet, mild, aromatic, wonderful with pine nuts or walnuts, made from rosemary tree, strawberries... and highly nutritious. We're talking about honey from Rancho Cortesano in Jerez, where they've been keeping honey bees for 30 years and where there's an extremely sweet Museum open to the public. The Museum is aimed at adults and children of all ages, who will have a great time watching how the bees work and dressing up as beekeepers.
Rancho Cortesano has around 2,000 hives spread across the province of Cádiz, especially in the Grazalema and Alcornocales nature parks. They normally produce between 30,000 and 40,000 kilos of honey per year.
The Museum offers a wide variety of products to try and buy, including jars of Thousand Flower honey, Holm Oak honey, Eucalyptus honey, Orange Blossom honey, honey confectionery, "meloja" (made from honey yeasts), pollen, royal jelly and honey soaps.
The Museum displays illustrate the vital role bees play in pollination and in the production of fruit and seeds. In fact, Rancho Cortesano also has an organic orchard with a huge variety of fruit trees, namely mangos, custard-apple, pears, apples, almonds, oranges and olives.
Rancho Cortesano makes its own organic honey, bearing the Nature Park quality mark awarded by the Government of Andalucía Department of the Environment and its products are sold in gourmet stores in Spain and Germany.
Request an appointment.
12. Andalusian Royal School of the Equestrian Art:
The show ‘How the Andalusian Horses Dance’ (Jerez) will delight and surprise you.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon the show begins and the horses of the Royal School of Equestrian Art of Andalucía dance in an authentic equestrian ballet.
The School puts on shows for groups and you can also watch training sessions. The School is on Avenida Duque de Abrantes, s/n, in Jerez.
Tel: (+34) 956 31 80 13.
13. Carthusian Horse Studs (Jerez):
Visit the facilities and watch a lovely show on horses in the wild. In summer, special prices for families.
On Saturdays you can also catch the show performed at the Cartuja de Jerez Stud, at km 6.5 on the Medina-Sidonia-El Portal road (Tel: (+34) 956 16 28 09). The institution has been devoted to improving the Cartujan horse breed since the Middle Ages.
14. The Palace of Time (Jerez):
You can see an extraordinary collection of clocks and an endless variety of ‘supernatural’ events (Jerez).
The Time Palace in the centre of Jerez seems to have come from one of Jules Verne's journeys. Step inside and you're plunged into a fantasy world of clocks, precious stones, special effects and a master clockmaker in 18th century dress who amazes visitors with his knowledge.
The Time Palace (the new clock museum) is based in an old palatial home inside La Atalaya theme centre and houses an extensive collection of more than 300 working clocks, Bohemian and Baccarat crystal, noble wood, mother of pearl and ivory, all displayed in a fantasy setting. You can also hear some of the most famous clock chimes in the world, including Big Ben.
These time-measuring machines come from France, England, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, and include curious items such as a sun dial shaped like a cannon, a ship that sways and measures time, and a clown juggling cups.
Further information here: www.museosdelaatalaya.com/en
15. Take a bike ride on the Green Route of the Sierra that will take you through the villages of Puerto Serrano and Olvera, among others:
The Green Way follows the route taken by the old railway line for 36 kilometres, passing through 30 tunnels, 4 viaducts and 5 disused stations.
This is a beautiful trail for walking or cycling, with many sights along the way, such as the cameras trained on vulture nesting sites and "Chaparro de la Vega", a venerable holm oak tree of 700 years old standing over 13 metres tall that has been declared a national monument of Andalucía.
There are also places to eat and sleep along the Green Way, either in old stations or in more unusual accommodation, such as apartments resembling railway wagons at the old station in Olvera.
16. Karting (Jerez and El Colorado):
Enjoy the karts in the province of Cadiz.
17. El Molino de Abajo (El Bosque):
A water mill that employs age-old tradition, where kids can make their own bread.
At El Bosque you can see how bread was made in the 18th century by watching the whole process, from grinding the wheat in a water-driven mill through to baking the dough. When you've made your bread at the Molino de Abajo mill, you can take it home, freshly baked and still warm, or they can deliver it to your hotel.
It's even more delicious eaten with locally-made "chacina", black sausage, chorizo or salami-style sausage, which are by themselves, another important part of the province's culinary heritage.
18. A Campo Abierto or the Open Countryside (Medina Sidonia):
An equestrian-taurine show depicting the lives of wild bulls in their natural setting.
In the 1950s, Álvaro Domecq acquired various plots of land in the area around Medina Sidonia and joined them together as a single country estate called Los Alburejos. It is now one of Spain's best livestock farms and is still under the management of the Domecq family.
The Domecq family was keen to show how fighting bulls and horses were bred and reared, but the estate was too big for members of the public to get a feel for the whole process in a short space of time. This led them to set up the project "In Open Country" (in Spanish "A Campo Abierto") enabling visitors to get a glimpse of everyday life on the estate and watch exhibitions of fighting bulls and horses from tiered seating on a bull ring.
| Rancho Cortesano. Museo de la Miel y de las Abejas de Jerez.
|| Bahía Park Algeciras.