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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 actively supports sustainable practices. 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.

Tarifa: Orca, Whale, and Dolphin Watching Cruise

2. Tarifa: Orca, Whale, and Dolphin Watching Cruise

Visit the only area with regular presence of killer whales in the Mediterranean Sea on this cruise from Tarifa. Look for 7 different species of cetaceans around the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. Climb aboard a comfortable boat and head to the places where orcas, whales and dolphins are usually most active. Join a crew that works to ensure your chances of seeing orcas are high. Watch as these majestic creatures play, jump and approach the boat. Travel with a company that is aware of the beauty, fragility and importance of coastal ecosystems, so they are on a mission to help and protect it. Learn about the species of cetaceans you see from your guide. Return to your meeting point in Tarifa at the end of your trip.

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.

Chiclana de la Frontera: Bay of Cadiz Catamaran Tour

4. Chiclana de la Frontera: Bay of Cadiz Catamaran Tour

Discover the dynamic coastline along the Bay of Cádiz Natural Park on this catamaran tour from Poblado de Sancti Petri Marina in Chiclana de la Frontera. Admire the 13th-century fortifications of the Sancti Petri castle. Select the longer tour and see the golden sands of La Barrosa beach.  Check in at the local partner's ticket office and board the catamaran. Get your camera ready for pictures of the marshland, beaches, and sand dunes of the Bay of Cádiz Natural Park.  Continue past a small island with a uniquely-shaped Moorish Sancti Petri castle. Pick the extended tour to cruise by the golden shores and turquoise waters of the 6-kilometer long La Barrosa beach. Return to Poblado de Sancti Petri Marina in Chiclana de la Frontera at the end of your tour.

From Seville: Doñana National Park 4WD Tour

5. 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.

Sancti Petri: Catamaran Cruise with Optional Lunch

6. 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.

Cadiz: Medieval Tour

7. 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

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

Learn about the history of Cadiz and Jerez on this guided excursion from Seville. Enjoy local tapas, relax on the beach and explore the charming streets of the historic center of Cadiz. Start in the Bay of Cadiz and see its beautiful seaside, the Costa de la Luz. First, stop in Jerez de la Frontera, where you will have the chance to visit a traditional bodega and taste the famous wines from the South of Spain. Then, travel to Cadiz, a city with delightful beaches and tasty tapas, whose residents are famous everywhere for their joyful attitudes. Visit the city center and the magnificent cathedral, and, little by little, discover the oldest city in Europe with more than 3 millennia of history. Afterward, enjoy the afternoon on one of the beaches or walk the narrow streets of the Barrio de la Viña or El Pópulo, the most charming and traditional neighborhoods of the city.

Cádiz: Tavira Tower Entry with Exhibition and Rooftop Access

9. 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.

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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What people are saying about Costa de la Luz

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 520 reviews

Wonderful crew. Super attentive to EVERYTHING. Two of my kids and I got seasick and there was no time we were left alone. Eternally grateful. On the other hand, the brutal experience. We perfectly saw a minke whale several times, dolphins, a sunfish and pilot whales jumping. A beauty. Recommendation: if you tend to get seasick in cars, take biodramine before getting on the boat.

We really enjoyed the excursion. The catamaran is in a very neat and clean condition and the team on board is very nice and friendly. Information from the tape will be given in Spanish, English and German. Great chill out music will be played during the tour. Super relaxing and we had a lot of fun. We recommend.

Very nice experience, the boat is very small and the crew is very friendly. If you tell them you're not speaking Spanish they also have an audio guide over speakers in your language in addition to what the driver is telling you. There are also Gambas and some whine included.

Great experience! Recommended! Saw a large group of dolphins... the guides were able to answer all questions and most of them are also marine biologists! However, it is not for people with seasickness!

Tour guide was easy to find, articulate & knowledgeable.