Museo y Conjunto Arqueológico de Medina Sidonia, Calle Ortega, Medina-Sidonia, Spain
Museo Arqueológico Medina Sidonia
Hydraulic constructions from the 1st century AD with a total of 20 metres of underground galleries whose function as a sewage system in Roman times indicates the degree of urbanisation of the Assido-Caesarina Town.
Three different structures: sewers, Roman rooms and cryptoporticos.
The large sewers are located on the outskirts of the city, where the whole network of smaller sewers that extended throughout the city flowed into them. The walls are made of sandstone ashlars and the vaults are half-barrel vaults.
The floor is the original one and is waterproofed by a layer of a mixture of crushed ceramic and lime.
On both sides, there are ridges that would have prevented the seepage of dirty water through the walls. In the vaults there are circular manholes that connected directly to the houses.
The true dimension of Asidon's urban planning in antiquity can be seen in the public works that have been located so far, of which this stretch of Roman road discovered in 1997, that runs four metres below Calle Álamo, is a unique example.
Built with large stone slabs, it consists of two pavements and a roadway that is five metres wide, capable of allowing two vehicles to pass at the same time.
Along the centre line of the street, below the paving, is a sewer almost a metre high, which channelled rainwater and wastewater from the city's buildings and fountains.
A pair of game boards have also been found engraved on the slabs of one of the pavements, which were popular with Roman children and adults alike.
With the enhancement of this site, not only has an important step been taken in the historical and urban knowledge of ancient Medina Sidonia, but also a cultural space has been created that can be enjoyed by the public.
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A-2228, Km 13, 11190 Benalup-Casas Viejas, Cádiz
In the freedom of the andalusian countryside enjoy this wonderful visit:
• the emblems of andalusian breeds
• the herd of cows & their calves
• a cowboy dressage performance
• the mares & foals
• a classical dressage performance
• the brave bulls in freedom
• visit the stables and
the family museum
• taste a sherry with friends
CONJUNTO ARQUEOLÓGICO DEL CASTILLO
Conjunto Arquelógico del Castillo
El Castillo de Medina Sidonia is located at the top of the hill. At 380 metres above sea level and situated in a strategic location between the countryside, the mountains and the sea.
Three overlapping fortifications
The archaeological work carried out in this area indicates the existence of three temporally superimposed fortifications:
- Remains of the Roman military castellum,
- Remains of the Arab fortress and
- Remains of the medieval castle.
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Baelo Claudia, Ensenada de Bolonia, Cádiz, Spain
The city of Baelo Claudia, located on the north shore of the Strait of Gibraltar, is in the western part of the cove of Bolonia. The Sierra de la Plata and Sierra de San Bartolomé mountain ranges form an arc that confine it between the mountains, so that the sea was its best means of communication and it is to the sea that it owed its wealth and reputation.
The fishing industry, especially tuna, was its main source of income. Excavations have uncovered the most complete Roman urban complex in the entire Iberian Peninsula, with monuments of extraordinary importance such as the basilica, the theatre, the market and the Temple of Isis. Nowhere else in the Peninsula is it possible to have such a comprehensive view of Roman urban development than in Baelo Claudia.
This is its main claim to importance, as well as its spectacular scenic location in the Strait of Gibraltar Natural Park.
Del 21 de marzo al 20 de junio
Martes a sábado de 09:00 a 21:00. Domingos, festivos y lunes víspera de festivo, de 09:00 a 15:00 horas. Lunes cerrado (excepto víspera de festivo).
Del 21 de junio al 20 de septiembre
Martes a sábado de 09:00 a 15:00. Domingos, festivos y lunes víspera de festivo, de 9:00 a 15:00 horas. Lunes cerrado (excepto víspera de festivo). .
Del 21 de septiembre al 20 de marzo
Martes a sábado de 09:00 a 18:00. Domingos, festivos y lunes víspera de festivo, de 9:00 a 15:00 horas. Lunes cerrado (excepto víspera de festivo).
more info at: https://www.museosdeandalucia.es/web/conjuntoarqueologicobaeloclaudia/informacion-general
Fundación Firmm, Calle Alcalde Juan Núñez, 10, L-1, 11380 Tarifa, España
FIMM Whale Watching
You want to see whales and dolphins in freedom in Europe? During your holidays in Andalusia? Come to Tarifa in the Strait of Gibraltar! From here you can experience the fascinating marine mammals on an unforgettable whale watching tour with firmm.
- Book your tour 2 to 3 days in advance, either online or by phone at +34-956-627008 (we all speak English).
- Important: It is essential that you check the status once again on the same day of the planned departure (online or by phone). The weather changes quickly here, which may make tours impossible even at short notice.
You pay for your reservation in our harbour office, right before the tour.
Full details of times and prices on their website click here for details
Parque Natural Los Alcornocales, Cádiz, Spain
Los Alcornocales Natural Park
Soil, climate and the cork trade have been the main factors in the conservation of the largest productive area of cork trees anywhere on the Iberian Peninsula; Los Alcornocales Natural Park.
Located in the province of Cadiz and part of that of Malaga, the park stretches across the mountains to the relatively new Estrecho Natural Park is, offering a great range of reliefs and landscapes. The wealth of the environment is reflected in all aspects: flora, fauna, climate, history and folklore, making it an ideal place to visit and enjoy activities such as mushroom picking and outdoor sports.
For full details of activities, events and times visit the website here
There is also a visitor centre in nearby Alcala de los Gazules Here are the details:
Address: Lugar Larios, 5, 11180 Alcalá de los Gazules, Cádiz
Cádiz, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Western Europe, was founded by the Phoenicians.
In the 18th century, the Port in the Bay of Cádiz consolidated as the main harbour of mainland Spain, enjoying the virtual monopoly of trade with the Americas until 1778. It is also the site of the Unversirty of Cadiz.
Situated on a narrow slice of land surrounded by the sea‚ Cádiz is, in most respects, a typically Andalusian city with well-preserved historical landmarks. The older part of Cádiz, within the remnants of the city walls, is commonly referred to as the Old Town (Spanish: Casco Antiguo). It is characterized by the antiquity of its various quarters (barrios), among them El Pópulo, La Viña, and Santa María, which present a marked contrast to the newer areas of town. While the Old City's street plan consists of narrow winding alleys connecting large plazas, newer areas of Cádiz typically have wide avenues and more modern buildings.
In addition, the city is dotted with numerous parks where exotic plants flourish, including giant trees allegedly brought to Spain by Columbus from the New World.
For full details of events, activities and tours of Cadiz, visit the official tourism website here
Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain
Jerez de la Frontera
Although Jerez is best-known throughout the world for its sherries and wineries, we cannot forget its fame for its beautiful horses and as the birthplace of flamenco. But it is also undoubtedly a tourist destination that offers uniquely different experiences based on cultural, leisure and wine tourism activities.
Discover the impressive architectural heritage of Jerez: the Cathedral, the Alcázar, its numerous churches of great historical value and its casa palacio mansion houses, or enjoy any of the events from its festive calendar organized throughout the year, such as: the Jerez Flamenco Festival, Holy Week, the Horse Fair, the Grape Harvest Festival or Christmas, each one an excellent motive to get to know the city
Its extraordinary geographical location, lying between the sea and the sierra mountains, means that in just a few minutes you can visit the other towns in the province. The beautiful Route of the White Towns and the marvellous beaches of the Costa de la Luz provide a possibility to enjoy a very complete destination.
Full details of locations, activites, flamenco, equestrianism and lots more available on the Jerez Tourism website - Click here
Vejer de la Frontera, Spain
Vejer de la Frontera,
Vejer de la Frontera has an impressive Cultural Heritage that makes it one of the most beautiful towns in Spain.
It was declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1976, in addition to being awarded in 1978 with the First National Award for the Beautification of Towns.
Vejer is part of the Association "The most beautiful villages in Spain" since 2014.
Full details of places of interest, gastronomy and events is available on the Vejer website just Click Here
Arcos de la Frontera, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera
Occupying a key strategic position, Arcos has been the site of numerous settlements.
The Roman occupation gave rise to the name Arx-Arcis meaning fortress on high; then the Moslem invasion stamped an indelible mark on the town and the name changed to Medina Arkos.
Arcos has been called “the city of poets” by the many artists who were born here and also by those who have made their home here. It is easy to fall in love with some little corner of this town, with one of its architectural gems – but to do so, one must explore the town at a leisurely pace, never hurrying, discovering it little by little, savoring the atmosphere of this town so rooted in tradition. The image that it leaves in your memory will stay with you forever.
Full details of everything to see and do in this lovely town are on its website - Click Here
Sierra de Cádiz, Spain
Sierra de Cádiz
Sierra de Cádiz (Spanish: "Cádiz Mountains") is a comarca within the province of Cádiz.
Most of the comarca's territory falls within the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park,
The Sierra de Cádiz comarca includes the following municipalities:
El Palmar, Paseo Marítimo, Vejer de la Frontera, Spain
Beaches: El Palmar / Conil / Playa Barrosa / Camposoto / Tarifa
Chiclana (La Barrosa, Conil, Barbate and Tarifa are some of the main towns and cities, with spacious beaches, tourism infrastructures and clear waters.
These areas are perfect for windsurfing, while underwater fishing is also popular in the crystalline waters off the numerous beaches.
Check out this website for full details.