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The sherry triangle

Costa de la Luz | The Costa de la Luz is not only renowned for its lovely beaches but is also is the home of sherry. Only the coastal wine growing areas in the town triangle between Jerez de la Frontera, Sancluar and El Puerto de Santa Maria are able to call themselves sherry. Jerez is regarded as the world capital for sherry production. The basis for this product with its characteristic aroma is the Palomino and Pedro grapes. The grapes are firstly dried under the sun after the harvest in September which increases the sugar level. After the pressing and fermentation the mash is enriched with brandy and then in the typical sherry solera system subsequently mixed and stored with older vintages. When you spend a vacation along the Costa de la Luz you must visit one of the wine growers and experience the unique process. Whilst there you can also directly buy from the producer a perfect vacation present for friends and family.

 

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THE CITY OF CADIZ
Cadiz stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay, and is almost entirely surrounded by water. Named Gadir by the Phoencians, who founded their trading post in 1100 BC, it was later controlled by the Carthaginians, until it became a thriving Roman port. It sank ...
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into oblivion under the Visigoths and Moors, but attained great splendour in the early 16th century as a launching point for the journey to the newly discovered lands of America. Cadiz was later raided by Sir Francis Drake, in the struggle to gain control of trade with the New World, and managed to withstand a siege by Napoleon's army. In the early 19th century Cadiz became the bastion of Spain's anti-monarchist, liberal movement, as a result of which the country's first Constitution was declared here in 1812.

Some of the city's 18th century walls still stand, such as the Landward Gate. The old, central quarter of Cadiz is famous for its picturesque charm, and many of the buildings reflect the city's overseas links. Worth a visit are the city's Cathedral and churches of Santa Cruz and San Felipe Neri, which is famous throughout Spain as the place where, in defiance of Napoleon's siege, the provisional government was set up with its own liberal Constitution. Other points of interest are La Santa Cueva, home to several paintings by Goya, and stately mansions such as the Casa del Almirante and Casa de las Cadenas.
The old city looks quite Moorish in appearance and is intriguing with narrow cobbled streets opening onto small squares. The golden cupola of the cathedral looms high above long white houses and the whole place has a slightly dilapidated air. It just takes an hour to walk around the headlands where you can visit the entire old town and pass through some lovely parks with sweeping views of the bay.
Unlike most other ports of its size it seems immediately relaxed and easy going, not at all threatening, even at night. Perhaps this is due to its reassuring shape and size, the presence of the sea making it impossible to get lost for more than a few blocks. It also owes much to the town's tradition of liberalism and tolerance which was maintained all through the years of Franco's dictatorship, despite this being one of the first cities to fall to his forces and was the port through which the Republican armies launched their invasion.

CADIZ - BEACHES
By Morwenna Francis

LA CALETA
Playa La Caleta is a small beach at the far end of the Cádiz peninsula, near the Viña area and is located between two old castles: Castillo de Santa Catalina and Castillo de San Sebastián. It is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Cádiz City and one of the most photographed. It can get quite busy during the day and at sunset the cove attracts many small fishing boats. It is another of Cádiz City's beaches that has been awarded a blue flag award for its cleanliness and excellent facilities, including bars, chiringuitos, showers, toilets, lifeguards, etc.

SANTA MARÍA DEL MAR
Also known as Playa Los Corrales and La Playita de las Mujeres, this beach is made up of fine golden sand, held in place by two breakwaters at either end. The beach, located next to La Victoria, is very popular with families and those who enjoy body-boarding. There aren't many facilities, only a couple of chiringtuitos, toilets and a paseo maritimo. The beach can be easily accessed by bus.

LA VICTORIA
The Playa de la Victoria is considered one of the most popular beaches in Cádiz City, particularly with the locals. It is an urban beach that is backed by a promenade and plenty of hotels, bars and restaurants, in an area that is also known for its lively nightlife. The 2.8km La Victoria beach has repeatedly been awarded a Blue Flag by the European Union for its high standards of cleanliness and excellent facilities which include: public toilets, showers and changing rooms, lifeguards, surveillance posts, summer beach bars, sea warning flags and the possibility to hire sun loungers, paraols and peddle boats. There are also facilities for beach sports, such as football, beach-rugby and volleyball. During the summer there is an outdoor cinema here and a tourist information office.The beach is easy to access with plenty of parking the streets adjacent to the beach and is also served by the Line 7 bus.


CORTADURA
Located just south of the city, Playa de la Cortadura is another of Cádiz City's blue flag beaches. A continuation of La Victoria onto El Chato beach, La Cortadura beach is as well-equipped as Playa de la Victoria with toilets, showers, changing rooms, summer lifeguards, plenty of parking and sun loungers and parasols for hire. Parking is available along the length of the beach with several access points along wooden boardwalks through the sand dunes.

EL CHATO
Playa del Chato is a 70m-wide beach located on the exterior side of the arm of land connecting San Fernando and Cádiz City. The beach stretches alongside the road into Cádiz, Avenida Via Augusta Julia, from which it is separated by a line of golden sand dunes. Here, visitors are able to see plenty of natural vegetation, both in the dunes and floating in the water, such as sea lilies. The beach offers basic facilities such as a surveillance post, beach cleaning and the nearby restaurant, El Ventorrillo Del Chato. The beach is easy to access, thanks to its proximity to the road along which there are plenty of car parks.
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  • Property no. 900465
    from GBP 1,400
    for 1 week

    Cadiz, Andalusia (Costa de la Luz)

    Holiday apartment for max. 4 persons

    2 bedrooms, pets not allowed, TV, washing machine
  • Property no. 899630
    from GBP 814
    for 1 week

    Cadiz, Andalusia (Costa de la Luz)

    Holiday apartment for max. 2 persons

    1 bedroom, pets not allowed, TV, washing machine, beach approx. 300 m
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