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Things to do in Province of Cádiz, Spain

Our most recommended things to do in Province of Cádiz, Spain

Jerez de la Frontera: How the Andalusian Horses Dance

1. Jerez de la Frontera: How the Andalusian Horses Dance

Marvel at the equestrian skills of Spanish horses and riders at a unique "How the Andalusian Horses Dance" ballet at the Fundacion Real Escuela Andaluza Del Arte Ecuestre (Foundation Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art) in Jerez de la Frontera. Accompanied by quintessential Spanish music and 18th-century style costumes, the choreography uses movements based on classical dressage, Doma Vaquera (country-style riding), and traditional equestrian chores. Each show consists of 6-8 different choreographies, scheduled by the school according to the following repertoire: Doma Vaquera: Doma Vaquera is a Spanish riding discipline, based on traditional cattle herding. The horseman rides his horse around the arena using only one hand, first trotting and later galloping, changing the rhythm and performing pirouettes and arreones (breaking into a gallop). Classical Dressage: See different choreographies, such as “The Colts,” “Airs on Horseback,” “Pas de Deux,” “Passage and Piaffer,” “Domino on Horseback,” “Airs Above the Ground” and “Fantasy.” The horses carry out advanced exercises to classical music. Carriage Driving: Marvel as the horses demonstrate their ability to draw carriages. These horse-drawn carriages were originally used for transport, but are now relegated to sport and exhibitions, using classical harnesses and driven by coachmen who dexterously demonstrate exciting skills. Work in Hand: Admire the skill of a horse that obeys its rider even when the horseman is not in the saddle. They will carry out classical Haute École dressage exercises, such as levades, caprioles, courbettes, piaffe (between pillars), and the Spanish walk. Carrousel: See a group of horses and riders perform advanced equestrian exercises in unison, providing a fitting end to the performance.

Jerez de la Frontera: Andalusian Horse Dance and Museums

2. Jerez de la Frontera: Andalusian Horse Dance and Museums

Marvel at the equestrian skills of Spanish horses and riders at a unique "How the Andalusian Horses Dance" ballet at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera. Accompanied by quintessential Spanish music and 18th-century style costumes, the choreography uses movements based on classical dressage, Doma Vaquera, and traditional equestrian chores. The horses carry out advanced exercises to classical music. Each show consists of 6-8 different choreographies such as "The Colts," Airs on Horseback," Pas de Deux," Passage and Piaffer," "Domino on Horseback," Airs Above the Ground" and "Fantasy." See the horses demonstrate their ability to draw carriages which were originally used for transport, but are now used for sport and exhibitions, using classical harnesses and driven by coachmen who dexterously demonstrate their skills. See classical "Haute École" dressage exercises, such as levades, caprioles, courbettes, piaffe (between pillars), and the Spanish walk. Watch the group of horses and riders perform advanced equestrian exercises in unison, providing a fitting end to the performance. The entrance into the premises is through the Visitor Reception Centre, where you will find a digital cinema where you can see a spectacular audio-visual presentation of the history of equestrian art in Andalusia, until 11:00 AM. This area leads into the gardens, which contain a great variety of exotic plants. The Palace itself rises majestically above the gardens and is a beautiful example of 19th Century architecture.  In the basement, find the Museum of Equestrian Art, which consists of 11 rooms where you will discover the origins and history of equestrian art and the horse in Andalusia. Admire the Saddlery, the place where the harnesses are made and repaired. The Carriage Museum marks the end of your journey where you will see harnesses and equestrian costumes.

Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art Admission

3. Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art Admission

With your admission ticket, you’ll enter the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art at the visitor reception center, where you’ll enjoy an audio-visual presentation on the history of equestrian art in Andalusia (available until 11:00 AM). The reception area leads into the gardens that feature a variety of exotic plants. Note the great fountain which adorns the center of the gardens and whose water jets invite visitors to enter further into the grounds of the Royal School. Across the fountain, the palace rises majestically above the gardens. It is a beautiful example of 19th-century architecture, designed by Charles Garnier. On the ground floor, you can admire the staterooms, decorated as they were originally conceived. In the basement, you’ll find the Museum of Equestrian Art, which comprises 11 rooms dedicated to the origins and history of equestrian art and the horse in Andalusia. Afterward, you’ll see where the harnesses are made and repaired. This laborious work is carried out in the saddlery by the master harness maker and his apprentices. Watch the training that takes place in the outdoor exercise rings, and see the indoor arena, a building designed in authentic Andalusian style. With a capacity of 1,600 people, this is the ideal place to watch the daily training of horses and riders. In the stables, an octagonal complex, you’ll see the school’s most emblematic horses. In the center of the stables is the tack room, where all the harnesses used for daily training and for shows are kept. A visit to the carriage museum marks the end of your visit. Admire the vehicles, horses, harnesses, and equestrian costumes in the museum’s collection.

From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier

4. From Tarifa: Full-Day Trip to Tangier

Cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry to spend the day in the lively city of Tangier and get a feel for life in Morocco. Upon arrival in Africa, meet a local guide and take a minibus tour through the city and continue to see rural sights such as the Caves of Hercules and the amazing Cape Spartel promontory. Return to the vibrant city center to explore the bustling alleys of the medina and discover the most important corners of the historical city center. Enjoy lunch and go for a camel ride if you wish to experience the city from a different perspective. Return to Spain on the ferry and be back in time for dinner.

Tarifa: Tangier Day Trip by Ferry with Lunch & Moroccan Tea

5. Tarifa: Tangier Day Trip by Ferry with Lunch & Moroccan Tea

Embark on a guided day trip from Tarifa in Spain to the Moroccan city of Tangier by ferry. See the iconic Hercules Caves, visit the Mendoubia Palace, and enjoy a delicious Moroccan lunch paired with a mint tea. Onboard the ferry at the port in Tarifa, sit back, relax and enjoy the calming effect of the sea. Make sure you have your camera with you, as you don't want to miss photo opportunities of the scenery as you sail. First, alight the ferry at the port in Tangier. Next, visit the iconic lighthouse Cape Spartel, where you can admire one of the best views of the Strait of Gibraltar and see the Caves of Hercules, the kasbah, the medina, and the souk. Immerse yourself in Moroccan culture as you visit a traditional souk market. Walk around and feel the bustling atmosphere, smell the sweet aroma of mixed spices, and admire the bright traditional carpets on sale from local artists. Marvel at the bright white Mendoub Palace and admirer this 10-acre property. Listen as your guide tells you about the history as you walk around this impressive palace. Get to know this wonderful Moroccan city as your guide tells you about its history and traditions. Next, enjoy a traditional lunch at a Moroccan restaurant. Taste dishes such as Harira soup, beef, and lamb skewers accompanied by couscous. Listen to live Moroccan music as you end your lunch with Moorish pastries as your dessert paired with traditional Moroccan tea. End your day on a high as you board the ferry at the port of Tangier Ville to board the ferry back to Tarifa.

From Seville: Pueblos Blancos and Ronda Full-Day Trip

6. From Seville: Pueblos Blancos and Ronda Full-Day Trip

Experience the best that the Sevillan province has to offer with a guided tour of the countryside and stops in the quaint towns of Zahara de la Sierra, Grazalema, and Ronda. Visit picturesque white villages, an olive oil factory, local castles, and cliff tops. Starting in Seville, cross the Andalusian countryside to get to Zahara de la Sierra, passing the Aguzaderas Castle. Explore the town of Zahara de la Sierra town, a picturesque, whitewashed village hidden in the mountains.  Next, stop at an olive oil factory on your way to Grazalema. The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park is home to a range of beautiful landscapes that are perfect for enjoying a leisurely drive. Watch Griffon vultures circling the mountains as you pass the largest colony of Griffon vultures in Spain.  Stop for lunch in Grazalema, surrounded by the classic local white houses adorned with colorful flowers. On the way to Ronda, pass through a Mediterranean forest that serves as an essential source of honey, cork, aromatic spices, and wood. See locals working with cattle, Iberian pigs, and goats. Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Spain and was built on two separate cliffs connected by Spain's most famous bridge, the New Bridge, which was built in the 18th century. Tour Ronda with your guide and take time to explore the town on your own as well.

Cadiz: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Ticket

7. Cadiz: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Ticket

Once a launching point for ships sailing to the New World, the 3,000-year-old City of Cadiz is now famous for the picturesque, Moorish charm of its old central quarter. Your City Sightseeing bus provides convenient stops at the beautiful Cathedral, the Central quarter enclosed within the City walls and the bay area. Tour Stops: 1. Avenida del Puerto 2. Plaza de la Hispanidad 3. Puertas de Tierra 4. Catedral 5. Playa Caleta 6. Hotel Parador/Parque Genoves 7. Iglesia del Carmen 8. Plaza de España 9. Hotel Parador/Parque Genoves 10.Catedral II 11.Playa Santa Maria 12.Playa Victoria 13.Plaza de Sevilla 14.Bahia de Cadiz

Jerez: Live Flamenco Show with Optional Dinner

8. Jerez: Live Flamenco Show with Optional Dinner

Enjoy an authentic Flamenco show in Jerez, located in the region that is known as the birthplace of flamenco. The show takes place at Tablao Flamenco Puro Arte, a bodega dating from 1739. You will have the opportunity to watch flamenco of different styles, such as martinetes, soleá, and bulerías.  The show has a duration of approximately one hour and ten minutes. It is delivered by a group of four artists and is specifically designed for those who are looking for a high-quality flamenco show. You have the option to upgrade your experience with a dinner option. There are two different menu options that feature some of the best regional specialties. If you choose the show with drink, you can buy tapas dishes from the menu. You can also enjoy local wines from the region.

From Malaga: Private Full-Day Bus Trip to Ronda and Setenil

9. From Malaga: Private Full-Day Bus Trip to Ronda and Setenil

Be picked up from the centrally-located meeting point in Malaga and sit back and relax on the air-conditioned drive to Setenil de las Bodegas where your will have free time to get some lunch and explore. Continue to the city of Ronda, for a guided tour of the historic center of Ronda. Stop at the New Bridge to enjoy the Tajo gorge and its panoramic view, visit the Bullring and the Bullfighting Museum. Ronda is one of the oldest towns in Spain and it is built on two separate cliffs which are connected by Spain's most famous bridge, the New Bridge, which was built in the 18th century. The tour guide will show you around Ronda, and you will have some free time to explore the town on your own as well. Take a walking tour in the romantic town center, with its churches, mini-palaces and Spain's oldest bullring. Return to your meeting point in Malaga at the end of your tour.

From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

10. From Seville: Day Trip to Tangier, Morocco

Enjoy a day trip from Seville to Tangier. Transfer to the ferry aboard an airconditioned vehicle. Save time with an express ferry from the charming village of Tarifa to Tangier. Cross the Strait of Gibraltar, take a sightseeing tour, and eat a local lunch.  Depart from Seville and journey to the beautiful village of Tarifa to catch the fast ferry to Tangier. Upon arrival, discover the cosmopolitan flavor of a city that combines the cultures of Africa and Europe.  Take a panoramic city tour by bus and visit the Cap Spartel promontory at the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar. Visit the Caves of Hercules, where ancient Greek and later Roman mythology believed the demi-god slept before his eleventh labor.  Return to the city center to enjoy lunch in a traditional restaurant. Explore the narrow streets of the Medina and discover its most picturesque spots. Return to the port for the journey back to Seville in the late evening.

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What people are saying about Province of Cádiz, Spain

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Carmen was excellent Tour Guide. Tour of Bullring was informative and interesting. Plenty of free time to explore Ronda. Sentinel was disappointing because all the restaurants were closing as we arrived and I felt 1 hour in Winter time was too long in this pretty little village when there was nowhere to go to for coffee or drink. Glad we visited Ronda as part of your rather than going on our own with public transport

Departure and return times respected! Pleasant trip between the white houses and the oldest bullring in Spain in Ronda.. the explanations of our guide, Manuel, both in Spanish and in Italian, are interesting! Available, prepared and very nice! His advice for free time and lunch break is excellent! Recommended trip to fit in during a holiday in beautiful Seville!

It is a wonderful walk full of beautiful landscapes, by the hand of the guide Nieves, who generously gave us a lot of knowledge about the white villages, entertaining and very interesting anecdotes. You can also enjoy excellent cuisine. Its worth doing !!

We really enjoyed the tour, it was a very nice view of the country side of Spain. There is a lot of history, fresh air, great local food in a natural surrounding. Pur tour guide, Overall I recommend if you want to get away from the city.

What a great day out. Brilliant friendly guides, loads of sherry to taste and an incredible horse display. This was well worth it and we couldn’t recommend it more highly. Thank you!