- Countryside Sweeping sands and sierras
- Country life Where the wind blows
South of Seville and within touching distance of Africa, Cadiz Province – at the very bottom tip of western Europe – is a beguiling mix of Moorish and Castilian cultures.
In the cities of Cadiz and Jerez, you’ll find mosques that have been adapted into churches, Arabic arches beneath filigree detailing on houses, and tajines and tapas sharing menu space. Out in the mountainous countryside, hill-clinging whitewashed villages hover over beautiful national parks and the region’s unspoilt coastline, allowing you a bird’s-eye view of some of Spain’s most perfect playas.
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Cadiz Province is at one of Europe’s most southerly points, so it’s hot, hot, hot all year round. Summer can be uncomfortably sizzling, but spring and autumn are more temperate.
- Planes The region’s biggest airport is Jerez | though Seville San Pablo isn’t too far away. There are regular buses from Jerez airport | eight kilometres outside the city | into the centre | while the M-050 and M-051 services take you into Cadiz in an hour and a quarter.
- Trains Spain’s speedy AVE trains will get you from Madrid or Malaga to Seville (both journeys take two and a half hours. After that, you’ll need to use Andalucia’s unreliable local train network (www.renfe.es) or take a connecting bus into Cadiz Province. A high-speed rail link between Jerez and Cadiz is planned for 2012.
- Automobiles A car is a must if you want to escape into the mountains or explore the beautiful Andalucian countryside. If you pick one up at Jerez or Seville airports | you’ll need to take the A4 south | which passes through Jerez | Tarifa and Cadiz.
- Taxis Cabs are cheap and, in towns, can be hailed in the street. They display a green ‘libre’ notice or green light at night if they are available.