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Tarifa: Dolphin & Whale Watching in the Strait of Gibraltar

1. 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.

Cádiz: Sunset Bay Cruise for Two with Local Dinner and Wine

2. Cádiz: Sunset Bay Cruise for Two with Local Dinner and Wine

Come to see the Cadiz Bay in a boat . Beautiful coast lines and lots of marine life to discover. This is  the perfect experience for couples getaway or friends who enjoy being on the Cadiz Bay while soaking up the sun. See the wonderful sunset from a yacht  with the best views. Discover the secrets of the sea and explore it. Enjoy the views while you have a dinner with local food and local wine.

Sancti Petri: 1-Hour Sunset Catamaran Cruise

3. Sancti Petri: 1-Hour Sunset Catamaran Cruise

See the Bay of Cádiz from the water with a shared catamaran cruise from the Port of Sancti Petri. The 1-hour trip takes you towards Sancti Petri Castle and the Costa de la Luz towns of Chiclana, San Fernando, and Cádiz. Relax aboard the catamaran, take in views of the amazing sunset, and enjoy a glass of cava or a soft drink. You can choose to add live music by a saxophone player, if you select the option. The cruise will end back at the port of Sancti Petri. Enjoy its beach and traditional tapas bars at your leisure.

From Seville: Doñana National Park 4WD Tour

4. 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.

Cadiz: Medieval Tour

5. 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.

From Seville: Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera Day Trip

6. 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.

Sancti Petri: Catamaran Cruise with Optional Lunch

7. Sancti Petri: Catamaran Cruise with Optional Lunch

Commence your catamaran trip to Sancti Petri Castle from the Port of Sancti Petri. The Catamaran will take you on a journey through the natural water park of Cadiz Bay. Discover three towns from the sea: Chiclana, San Fernando, and Cadiz. Relax onboard the catamaran, take in views of Costa de la Luz from the sea and enjoy a drink from the bar. Once the catamaran arrives at Sancti Petri Castle, observe the castle from the boat. The catamaran will anchor, so you can take a refreshing swim in the sea and use the water slide and water mats onboard. After enjoying the water, get back on the catamaran for the journey back along the coast to the port of Sancti Petri, where you can enjoy the beach and local bars.

Cádiz: Tavira Tower Entry with Exhibition and Rooftop Access

8. Cádiz: Tavira Tower Entry with Exhibition and Rooftop Access

Visit one of Cádiz's most fascinating and long-standing watchtowers with an entry ticket to the Tavira Tower. See the sprawling city views beneath you from its rooftop, and visit its 2 exhibition halls. Walk up the Tavira Tower — a focal point of cultural interest in Cádiz. Situated at the highest lookout point in the old town, the tower witnessed the trade and prosperity of the region in the 17th and 18th centuries. See what that prosperity created by looking out onto the city. During your visit, go through the tower's 2 exhibition halls and make the most of the most scenic views of the city from the rooftop. In the first hall, learn what a Camera Obscura is and discover other Cameras Obscuras in the world. In the second hall, learn about the city's 18th century history, and finally, take in a 360-degree view of the entire city from the open rooftop terrace.

Doñana National Park Off-Road Tour from Seville

9. Doñana National Park Off-Road Tour from Seville

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Seville, and then journey to the pilgrimage town of El Rocío. Get a special permit to explore the protected reserve of Doñana National Park, known for its wetlands, migratory birds, pine forests and coastal dunes. Visit the 13th-century royal hunting grounds of Coto del Rey and enter the home of one of the densest populations of Iberian lynx (Lynx Pardinus) in the world. Return to El Rocío to get some free time to explore and find a nice spot to enjoy lunch at your own expense. Continue to one of the region's beautiful virgin beaches to look for seabirds and go for a relaxing walk near the shore. Return to Seville in the late afternoon and get dropped off at your hotel or other location on request.

Cádiz: Local Tapas Experience

10. Cádiz: Local Tapas Experience

Savor the rich flavors of Cádiz on this exciting food tour. Dive into the culture and cuisine of the city as your guide steers you towards lesser-known food joints. Explore the local Tapas in Cádiz with wine. Hop from local markets to taverns to taste Sherry Wine and local food. See the city's culinary scene from an insider's point of view with visits to authentic places that locals love. Learn about the key ingredients of Andalusian cuisine with a tour of the food market. Eat like a local and taste a bocadillo. Then, move on to a tour of 3 Tapas bars including drinks and food at each bar. Soak in the local atmosphere.

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Alvaro is a real ambassador for Cadiz and his knowledge and love of his city comes across in his choices of taverns and his descriptions of the delicious tapas and sherry and wines. He is a considerate and charming guide and I highly recommend him We visited the oldest sherry tavern in Cadiz, the owner was delightful and I am now a sherry drinker too! We visited a number of different tapas bars sampling unusual and delicious local dishes in each - I learnt a lot about the fabulous local products. Hoping to visit Cadiz again soon and to do another of Alvaro’s trips to Puerto.

Very nice trip. Of course, in the morning, when you drive the SUV, you certainly won't see a lynx. We didn't have those expectations either, the rest was interesting. We saw some birds and of course staying by the sea was also a highlight.

I gave it to my parents and they loved it, Begoña, who was my guide, seemed charming to them and explained everything very well and very pleasant. All a success the gift!

Miguel is very friendly and a fun companion. Many thanks and all the best. The tour should start earlier to have a chance to see animals

Good surprise, it's not just the seaside, the visit to the city and the break in Jerez are perfect.