Most beautiful villages in Spain of Cadiz
Perhaps you are thinking of visiting Cadiz province, the most southern in Spain, famous for its Sherry wine, Bluefin tuna and endless beaches of fine sand. But there is much more, like its white villages. In fact, the history of these 19 villages goes back to the Moorish occupation of Andalusia and their reconquest by Castille in the 13th century. They form a truly unique group of frontier towns, that were fought over by the Moors and Christians all those centuries ago, but whose “town planning”, or rather lack of it, is undoubtedly Moorish, and perhaps to be found nowhere else in Europe.
You may have heard from them, specifically Arcos de la Frontera, if you have read Rick Steves’ guide, but there are many more beautiful villages in Cadiz worth a visit. These villages with their winding streets, often too narrow for cars to enter, their exotic patios full of flowers, and perched on mountain tops in one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in southern Spain, are still surprisingly free of the hordes of tourist found almost everywhere else in Andalusia. Yet, they are just a short ride from the airports of Gibraltar, Jerez and Seville. Naturally, some of these villages are more interesting than others, but it is quite possible to tour several of them in a single day.
The province of Cadiz has 5 white beautiful villages in Cadiz within the list of the most beautiful villages in all of Spain! We will present each of them:
Setenil de las Bodegas:
Setenil is listed as one of the most beautiful villages in all of Spain! It is such a unique village because it is actually built within the caves of a canyon. Scientists have found evidence of a large community of prehistoric people in the caves, making Setenil one of the oldest inhabited areas of Spain.
Vejer de la Frontera:
With its stunning views, the labyrinthine layout of the streets, the trendy shops and bars, and beaches just a stone’s throw away, it should be right at the top of your list. The best way to enjoy Vejer is by getting lost through its streets, while enjoying entering the open private patio gardens and the beautiful white streets filled with flowers and plants.
It has been recommended for its gastronomy and architecture by international magazines and travel experts.
Zahara de la Sierra:
With its picturesque views and the 13th century castle at the top of the hill, it is another must-go-to village. The views are among the best in Cadiz. If you arrive on a sunny day, the water of the local lake is completely turquoise. In all, the perfect village to get away from it all. You can do an olive oil tour just outside of the village.
With steep mountains as a dramatic backdrop and amazing landscapes you have plenty of hiking routes. Coming from “Arcos de la Frontera”, or “El Bosque”, you will have wonderful views along the route. Curiously, the mountain system of Grazalema is among the rainiest in Spain. So if you come to visit remember to bring an umbrella just in case!
Castellar de la Frontera:
Found within the biggest cork oak forest in Spain (Parque Natural de los Alcornocales). When visiting this village and entering its surrounding walls it makes you feel like being in Medieval times with incredible views of Gibraltar and surrounding areas. The walls contain the entire old part of the village
The village is on top of a hill, surrounded by woodlands and a lake.
When to come?
Best months to come for a visit would be when it is warm, full of wild flowers and not too busy. These months are May and beginning of June. If you can’t do it at this time, then try to make it for September or beginning of October
If you are looking for food, traditional and Sherry experiences keep reading.
Are you visiting Cadiz and you would you like to learn more about Sherry and immerse yourself in the local culture and traditions? If you want to learn and experience it with the company of a local guide and turn your visit to Cadiz into an exciting gastronomic adventure, book with us. Sherry love is very contagious, surely you will also become one!
If you have your own transport we can accompany you while learning about Sherry. Enjoy the best Sherry bodega tours, local culture and traditions and the local gastronomy. In case you do not have a transport we can arrange transport, restaurant and the rest of your trip for you.
If you would like to learn all about Jerez-Sherry-Xeres D.O. then join us for our Ultimate Sherry Tasting tour. We can design a private tour just for you and your family.
If you are staying in Vejer de la Frontera or within Cadiz province we can organize a private Sherry tasting with gourmet local tapas for your group. We will go to your place and do a Sherry or Andalusian wine tasting for you privately. We can focus on premium Sherries; VORS and premium Sherries; or Andalusian wines in case you do not like Sherry.
If you are thinking to travel to other parts of Cadiz, we are based in Vejer de la Frontera. Officially, Vejer is one of the most beautiful villages of Spain, you should come and meet us!
Food and cultural tours
If you want to learn more about Vejer de la Frontera, its traditions and gastronomy book our Sherry&Tapas tour! Learn about sherry, wine tastings, and how to pair it with gourmet traditional food from the area. Taste different types of Sherry and local food like bluefin tuna, bull meat, salmorejo, eggplant with honey and pinenuts, etc. The tour includes 5 tapas and 5 wine/Sherries .
We also have a tour that focuses on Bluefin tuna. You will learn the history of Bluefin tuna in the area since Phoenician times by going in a private boat ride to visit the almadraba; visit a local food market; and taste different parts of bluefin tuna in all ways, salt-dried, grilled, raw.
If you would like to visit other beautiful white villages like Vejer, we can do a tour of the white villages in Cadiz province. On the other hand we can mix a visit to a beautiful white village wit a visit to an olive oil mill. Or you can choose to do a private tour that we can design especially for you and recommend places to visit based on your interests. Come and join Explore la Tierra in Vejer de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain!
Our last addition is our become an artisan for one day tour. Make your own cheese and your own leather souvenir in Ubrique and enjoy its great history and panoramic views. This white village is famous worldwide for its importance for the leather international companies.