Region of Jerez de la Frontera
The suffix "de la Frontera" that many
of the Andalusian villages add to their name, reflects the long
struggle between Christians and Muslims. Fishing and wine production
were practised in Andalusia for hundreds of years, whereas bull-
and horse breeding began later. Nowadays the Costa de la Luz is
a vocational region not only for the Spanish, but also for the
foreign tourists, attracted by its numerous golf courses, several
marinas and by its excepcional climate.
This route, which is specially recommended for the fans of Andalusian horses and Sherry, starts in Jerez. The itinerary follows the coastline from Sanlúcar de Barrameda up to Vejer de la Frontera and finishes, after having crossed part of the provinces interior in Arcos de la Frontera. The route can be combined with excursions to the National Park Doñana or to the Natural Park Los Alcornocales.
From Jerez to Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Cadiz and along the coast up to Vejer de la Frontera; the route continues then to the interior towards Arcos de la Frontera.
approx. 225 kilometers/ 140 miles,
Possible excursion to Gibraltar.
Jerez de la Frontera (Miles 0;
The biggest city of the province and center of numerous economic activities. Famous for his sherry wine cellars (bodegas) and for Andalusian horse-breeding. Has a nice historical center.
Sanlúcar de Barrameda (Miles
14; 62,300 Inhabitants)
Charming town, located at the mouth of the Guadalquivir river. From here come the white "manzanilla" wine and delicious prawns. Castle Santiago; churches de la Trinidad and Nuestra Señora de la O. Boat excursions to the Doñana National Park.
Chipiona (Miles 20; 17,300 Inhabitants)
Coast village with marina and an impressive lighthouse. Worth visiting is the sanctuary Nuestra Señora de la Regla.
Rota (Miles 31; 26,400 Inhabitants)
Formerly a fishing village, today a place of summer holidays for families. Well preserved old town and nice beaches. Church Nuestra Señora de la O.
El Puerto de Santa María (Miles
40; 79,900 Inhabitants)
Ancient fishing town. Christopher Columbus departed twice from its port towards America. Birth place of the Andalusian poet Rafael Alberti. Many monuments, churches and the monastery of Nuestra Señora de la Victoria.
Cádiz (Miles 56; 135,000 Inhabitants)
The most ancient city of Europe, located in the bay of the same name, was - according to the legend - founded by Hercules ("Melkart"). The Romans called it Gades.
San Fernando (Miles 65; 88,500
Located on the other side of the bay, it is the "twin" city of Cadiz. As Cadiz it bloomed in the 18th century. Many Baroque and Neoclassic style.
Chiclana de la Frontera (Miles
71; 65,750 Inhabitants)
Placed between salt mines and pine groves, this village possesses a beautiful beach called la Barrosa (6 Miles long). Churches San Juan Bautista, Santa Ana and Jesus Nazareno.
Conil de la Frontera (Miles 86; 18,650 Inhabitants)
Historical maritime village, nowadays in full tourist raise. Tower of Guzmán el Bueno, church Santa Catalina; convents de la Victoria and San Francisco de Paula. 14 km of fine beaches.
Vejer de la Frontera (Miles 97;
Village of medieval character, its historic center is protected. Arabic castle, many churches and a convent de las Monjas Recepcionistas.
- Cape Trafalgar (9 miles), near the site of Admiral Nelson's victory against the French and Spanish fleets in 1805;
- village of Barbate with the Natural Park La Breña y Marismas de Barbate (6 miles);
- Tarifa, a surfer’s paradise (31 miles southeast).
Medina Sidonia (Miles 116; 10,800
Phoenician foundation with Arabic style and archaeological remains of the Roman period. Ancient city gates. Churches Santa Maria la Mayor, Santiago and San Juan de Dios.
- to Alcala de los Gazules (19 miles)
- to the Natural Park los Alcornocales.
Arcos de la Frontera (Miles 139;
Situated on a mountain range 160 meters high above the Guadalete river. One of the most beautiful villages of Andalusia.