Best day trips you can do from Gibraltar to Cadiz in Spain
If you are coming to Gibraltar or to Gibraltar airport and you want to explore Cadiz in Spain, there are many incredible places that you can visit nearby. In this blog I will be talking about less than 1 hour-drive day trips from Gibraltar to Spain.
Cadiz has over a third of its surface protected, the highest in Andalusia, while its climate is similar to Canary Islands. In fact, Cadiz and Huelva in “la costa de la luz” are the provinces with the highest amount of sunlight hours of Spain. Despite this, Cadiz also has the rainiest place in Spain, Grazalema natural park, and different geology throughout the province. This climate, geology, and the locations, the southernmost point of mainland Europe, creates unique landscapes in Cadiz.
Below I will be giving different ideas of what to visit in Cadiz from Gibraltar. From gorgeous white towns within the list of the most beautiful towns of Spain, to incredible protected natural parks.
If you want to learn more about what to do in Cadiz province please click the following button.
Trips from Gibraltar to the famous white towns in Cadiz
Jimena de la Frontera white town
Jimena is a gorgeous white town in Cadiz province. From the castle there are gorgeous views of Los Alcornocales natural park and Gibraltar. Nearby there is a very interesting hike called “Ruta Río Hozgarganta”. Jimena de la Frontera is less than 50mins away from Gibraltar airport.
Restaurant: El ventorrillero /The windmill is a local restaurant with traditional dishes from the mountains. It focuses on rice, meats, stews, wild mushrooms and more.
The castle of Castellar de la Frontera
Castellar is officially considered one of the most beautiful towns of Spain in Cadiz. Mostly because the castle that it has is outstanding. This white town is one of the entrances to the largest cork oak forest in Spain, Los Alcornocales natural park. Castellar de la Frontera has one of the best preserved castles in Europe. It has only one entrance, and the white houses are all still inside of the incredible high walls so it feels like walking in a truly historical place. All streets inside have been well taken care of and are traditionally narrow. Castellar de la Frontera is around 40mins away from Gibraltar airport.
Restaurant: Restaurante Virgil, is a local restaurant with traditional dishes from the mountains. It focuses on rice, meats, stews, wildmushrooms and more.
Day trip to Tarifa From Gibraltar
Tarifa is a coastal white town. It is famous for its sport tourism, kite surfing, surfing, cycling, hiking and more. If you go in May-June, I recommend to check when they do their bluefin tuna festival and spend a day trying its bluefin tuna tapas competition. Tarifa is one of the four towns that still use the millennial bluefin tuna fishing method, almadraba. Tarifa is less than 50mins away from Gibraltar airport.
Restaurant: Restaurante la pescadería is a good place to try bluefin tuna, the local fish dishes.
Day trip to Baelo Claudia
Bolonia is within Tarifa municipality and it has the incredible Roman remains of Baelo Claudia. The Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia are among the best in Spain to see how a Roman city looked like. These ruins are in one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, within El Estrecho natural park. Bolonia is around 1:00h away from Gibraltar airport
Restaurant: Otero restaurant is a really nice restaurant I recommend with great views, sometimes live music and the Roman ruins are just in front.
Day trip from Gibraltar to Sotogrande to play golf
Due to the incredible weather, landscapes, views, and the 300 days of sunlight per year, Cadiz is an incredible destination for golfers. Therefore, If you are interested in learning more about which golf courses I recommend, please click here. Sotogrande golf courses are around 30mins away from Gibraltar airport.
Hiking in Cadiz near Gibraltar
The cork oak forest in Los Alcornocales natural park is the largest cork oak forest in Spain and one of the largest in the world. This park shares borders between Malaga and Cadiz.
From La Costa del Sol there are several hikes in Los Alcornocales natural park. Many of these hikes are easy day trips from Gibraltar. If you are interested in learning more about these hikes please click here.
El Estrecho natural park is another gorgeous natural park with one of the largest routes of bird migration as well as migration of bluefin tuna, orcas and some species of whales. Almost half the park goes along the coast, and the other half of the protected natural park is along the sea shore.
Longer Day trips from Gibraltar to Cadiz
I will now be giving you links to other blogs that can be of help for less than two hours day trips from Gibraltar to Cadiz province.
Click here to see a walking route in Cadiz to follow. I have designed a walking route in Cadiz to do in one day. However, in this route are all the main landmarks that you should not miss.
Day trip to Jerez de la Frontera
Click here to see a one day walking route in Jerez de la Frontera to follow. However, in this route are all the main landmarks that you should not miss.
Moreover, if you are going to Jerez de la Frontera, you should not miss doing a sherry wine tour in a bodega cellar. Click here to see which are my favourite bodegas tours in Jerez de la Frontera. In this blog there are also my favourite bodegas in Puerto de Santa Maria and Sanlucar de Barrameda, the other two cities of the sherry triangle.
Day trip to Vejer de la Frontera
Click here to see a one day walking route in Vejer de la Frontera to follow. In this route you will find all the main landmarks that you should not miss.
If you are interested in going for a walk near Vejer de la Frontera, please click here. In this link you will follow several hikes around Vejer de la Frontera and in the largest pine forest in Cadiz in La Breña natural park.
Private day trips from Gibraltar to Cadiz province, Spain
My name is Carlos and I have a tour agency based in Vejer de la Frontera, Explore la Tierra. I focus on doing private culinary tours, cultural and hiking tours within Cadiz province. Please, read below what type of activities I do. I am certain you may want to join some of them!
Cadiz province is home of one of the most known international wines, the famous sherry wine. I do private sherry and Andalusian wine tastings throughout Cadiz province. Join our culinary and cultural tours where we go and visit the famous white towns of Cadiz. You will learn about the traditional bluefin tuna fishing method, almadraba, or visit a local olive press, almazara. I look forward to showing you the incredibly diverse gastronomy and traditions that the province has to offer.
In these private guided hiking day trips from Gibraltar in Cadiz province I offer incredible hikes in La Breña, El Estrecho and Los Alcornocales natural parks. You will learn about local traditions and about the culinary, medicinal and gastronomical use of the Mediterranean plants. I worked in the environmental and conservation fields in Canada, UK and Spain for over 5 years and know many of the species in the area.
Cadiz province is one of the most biodiverse provinces in mainland Spain. Habitats range from dense forest reminiscent of cloud forest to Mediterranean forest, dune systems, and more. Moreover, enjoy the majestic views of Cadiz and the Strait of Gibraltar. Cadiz has the highest % of protected habitat in Andalusia, while its climate and sunlight hours are similar to Canary Islands. I look forward to showing you this incredibly diverse province in the most southern point of mainland Spain.
If you are looking into nice day trips from Gibraltar to Cadiz province, please contact us. If you want to join me in any of these tours, please do not hesitate to visit my website and contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.