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From Seville: Doñana National Park 4WD Tour

1. From Seville: Doñana National Park 4WD Tour

Depart Seville and travel through the nearby town of Coria del Rio on the banks of the River Guadalquivir. Go to the visitor center at Dehesa de Abajo, located in the northern area of the marshes of Doñana National Park. Admire the pine forests and pastures that provide home to approximately 200,000 different inhabitants, including 300 bird species such as flamingos and Spanish imperial eagles. Pass a rice field, known for Europe’s largest colony of storks. Then, continue through the vast natural space of the northern area of Doñana National Park and visit the village of El Rocío, famed for its chapel and observatory. Walk along the trails of Doñana National Park near the stream of La Rocina, and then explore Spain´s largest dune system after lunch. Return towards Seville and take advantage of the beautiful sunset through the pine forest in the Asperillo area. Spot some of the large mammals of the Doñana area, such as deer, wild boar and lynx.

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From Seville: Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera Day Trip

2. From Seville: Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera Day Trip

On this trip, you will discover the Bay of Cadiz and its beautiful seaside known as the Costa de la Luz. First, stop in Jerez de la Frontera, where you will have the chance to visit a traditional bodega, and to taste different kinds of the famous wines from the South of Spain. Then, you will travel to Cadiz, a really enjoyable city, with delightful beaches and tasteful tapas, whose residents are famous everywhere for their joy of life. With the guide, you will visit the city center, the magnificent cathedral, and, little by little, you will discover the oldest city in Europe with more than three millennia of history. Afterwards, enjoy the afternoon in one of its beaches or walk the narrow streets of the Barrio de la Viña or El Pópulo, the most charming and traditional neighborhoods of the city.

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Tarifa: Dolphin & Whale Watching in the Strait of Gibraltar

3. Tarifa: Dolphin & Whale Watching in the Strait of Gibraltar

Embark on a whale watching cruise from Tarifa. Go through the Strait of Gibraltar and enjoy the multitude of aquatic species in this international biosphere reserve. Keep an eye out for common, striped, and bottlenose dolphins. Hop aboard in Tarifa and cruise through the Strait of Gibraltar. Take in sweeping views of the coast. Try to spot pilot, fin, and sperm whales as you go along. Watch as these whales play and frolic in their natural environment. Take a whale watching adventure with a high likelihood of seeing a whale or dolphin. Know that if you don't see any species of cetacean, you will get a second chance. Travel with a company that activity supports sustainable practices and that has been certified as eco-friendly by a third-party agency. Approach animals with caution to avoid disturbing them. Feel comfortable knowing that this tour provider uses the distance and speeds outlined by Spanish Legislation and the ACCOBAMS regulations.

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Cadiz: Medieval Tour

4. Cadiz: Medieval Tour

Explore the center of ancient Cadiz, a city where a rich cultural, architectural, and culinary heritage has been created over a number of distinct historical eras. Your 2-hour guided visit begins in the main San Juan de Dios Square, where the Town Hall is located. Visit the ancient Roman neighborhood known as the Pópulo, reconstructed over the ages. You’ll find buildings from the Phoenician period, the Roman theater, the 18th-century New Cathedral and its museum, and the walled quarter of Almohad origin. Learn about the history of Cadiz as you walk along its streets and through its squares. Enter the New Cathedral to admire its Baroque and Neoclassical styles and the mythical defensive wall known as the Gates of Earth.

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Jerez and Cadiz Wine Tasting and Horse Show Day Tour

5. Jerez and Cadiz Wine Tasting and Horse Show Day Tour

Enjoy a combined 10-hour tour of Jerez de la Frontera and Cadiz, and experience world famous wines and one of the most spectacular equestrian shows in the world. Your guide will introduce you to the world of wine at one of the best wine cellars in Jerez, world famous for its sherry production. Learn the process that goes into making the famous wines, from the soil to the sunlight, and deep-rooted production techniques. Taste several types of sherry in a typical bodega. Continue to the Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art Foundation to watch the “How the Andalucían Horses Dance” show, regarded as one of the finest equestrian ballets, with choreography based on traditional and cowboy methods of taming wild horses. Drive along the Costa de la Luz to Cadiz, where a local guide will take you around the city center to see the Neoclassical 17th-century cathedral. You will then have some free time to enjoy lunch and explore Europe’s oldest city on your own. Optional visits can be arranged to Tavira Tower, one of the last remaining towers from where merchants would look for returning ships. The tower has a pinhole camera obscura, from where you can see all of the Old City projected onto a concave disc.

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From Seville: Jerez, Cádiz and Andalusian Horses

6. From Seville: Jerez, Cádiz and Andalusian Horses

Depart Seville and journey by air-conditioned coach through the countryside of southern Spain en route to Jerez de la Frontera, famous for its horses and sherry wine production. Upon arrival in the palm-filled city, visit one of its historical bodegas where the sherry is produced. Meet your winemaker host and learn what makes the local sherry so special as you tour the grounds and see wooden casks in the cellars. Taste a delectable selection of sweet and dry sherry varieties in a unique atmosphere. Then, go to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art to watch an authentic horse ballet. Marvel at the choreography, based on traditional and cowboy methods of taming wild horses, all set to Spanish music. Next, travel along the Costa de la Luz en route to the city of Cádiz. Follow your local guide to the cathedral in the historic city center, and get some free time to enjoy lunch and explore on your own. 

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Cadiz: 3-hour Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

7. Cadiz: 3-hour Guided Tour with Entry Tickets

Discover Cadiz's most iconic monuments on this 3-hour guided tour. Step back in time at the Roman Theatre, marvel at the interior of the majestic Cathedral, take photos from the highest point of the city, the Tavira Tower. Explore popular neighborhoods between the monuments. Stroll through the alleys of Barrio del Populo, the oldest part of the city, enjoy the view from Campo del Sur, and don't miss the lively neighborhood of La Viña with its bars and restaurants.

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Cadiz: Tapas Tasting Private Tour

8. Cadiz: Tapas Tasting Private Tour

Explore an authentic food culture of Spain on a half-day walking and tasting tour of Cadiz, and discover the central role that tapas play on the gastronomic scene. What started as small snacks to be enjoyed with a drink has developed into a way of eating; a gastronomic culture that you can share with friends and family. Tapas vary from region to region, reflecting differences in the ingredients and preparations, and in the different lifestyles. During the tour, you will walk around the monumental center to discover secret corners and hear amazing stories from the past. Learn how the city was discovered 3,000 years ago by the Phoenicians, making it the oldest existing city in the western world. Stop at some of the most emblematic tapas bars, and taste the best of the local food scene, from traditional to creative hot and cold dishes, served on bread or independently, but always with a glass of wine.

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From Cádiz: Private Day Trip to Gibraltar & Vejer Tour

9. From Cádiz: Private Day Trip to Gibraltar & Vejer Tour

Benefit from a pick-up from your hotel and then journey by air-conditioned minivan to the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, home to the only wild macaques (Barbary apes) in Europe. Although free to move throughout the city, they're usually found in the limestone rocks of the Peñón de Gibraltar (Rock of Gibraltar), and according to superstition, if the monkeys ever leave the rock then so will the British. An important city during Roman times, Gibraltar has preserved its old town charm, and blends scenic splendor with a modern vibe. While the 426 meter high Rock of Gibraltar looking across the straits to Africa is the main sight, other attractions include the Gibraltar Museum, where the territory's swashbuckling history is brought to life. Take a stroll along Main Street to see the Cathedral of Saint Mary the crowned and the official residence of the Governor of Gibraltar at the Convent. The town of Vejer was declared a historical site and awarded the National Prize for the beautification of Andalusian towns. Its Moorish heritage is evident in the popular architecture and design of its neighborhoods like the Judería. It is perched on top of a beautiful hill overlooking the river Barbate. The town takes pride in its historic legacy from past civilizations such as the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans. In 711 the Battle of La Janda was fought near the town. After this battle, the Visigoths lost control of the peninsula to the Moors. The town of Vejer has always been walled and some of its towers are still well preserved (the Mayorazgo Tower, the San Juan Tower and the Corredera Tower), and its four medieval town gates are perfectly integrated in the town, namely the Segur Arch Gate, the Puerta de la Villa, the Sancho IV and the Puerta Cerrada. The castle (11th to 16th-centuries) stands at the highest part of the old town and can be reached through a beautiful horseshoe arch. It combines elements of both Muslim and Christian architecture. The town also boasts some magnificent examples of religious architecture.

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Jerez & Cadiz Day Trip from Seville

10. Jerez & Cadiz Day Trip from Seville

After only an hour's drive, the trip will start with a guided tour of the Cathedral of Wine, so called for the high quality of its wines as well as for the cathedral‐like form of its wine cellars, one of the most famous wine cellars in the world. After the tour you will be able to enjoy a tasting session of its famous wines, then yiz will move on to witness an equestrian show staged by great masters of their art. Once you arrive in Cadiz, the oldest city in Western Europe, you will have free time to have lunch. Continue with a beautiful sightseeing tour to discover the most beautiful parts the city has to offer. And that is how your day will finish in 'gaditana' land before returning to Seville and end of the excursion.

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4.4 / 5

based on 507 reviews

Nice ride with really nice people! The guide Manuel was very helpful, pleasing everyone. I would only take from the Jerez de la Fronteira itinerary....in addition to being very weak, the tour of the winery...the time we lost in Jerez we could have enjoyed much more in Cadiz...I was a little frustrated. That was the opinion of everyone on the tour. We were 8 people and we told this to the guide tb.

A magical day with a very professional and cultivated, attentive and very friendly guide, the visit of the cellar is very educational, the show is a must and the little tour in Cadiz instructive! A very serious and reliable company!

Very good and enthusiastic guide who knows a lot about the nature reserve and wildlife. Everything was well arranged and seen many different aspects of this region. Definitely recommend!

Bernard was excellent. He was so passionate about Cadiz and very knowledgable. I would definitely recommend booking through here.

Very nice day trip. Manuel was a guide with a lot of knowledge but also very relaxed. The group was very international.