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What should you expect in my hiking tour in Cadiz?

Welcome to nature in Cadiz. My name is Carlos and I will be your guide. I am passionate about Spanish gastronomy as well as the environment. In fact, I worked in the environmental and conservation field in Canada, UK and Spain for 5 years. In this guided hiking tours in Cadiz province I try to mix both of my passions and focus on hikes from Chiclana to Los Alcornocales Natural Park. If you are looking to go hiking within Costa de la Luz then you are interested in this hiking tour.

Hiking tours in Cadiz and Vejer de la Frontera guide Carlos Explore la Tierra

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, you will be seduced with views of magical landscapes in Cadiz and the Strait of Gibraltar. Cadiz has over a third of its surface protected, while its climate and sunlight hours are similar to Canary Islands.

In this guided nature tour we will discover more about Cadiz and learn about why our gastronomy is so rich. It is related to our climate, our location, our history, and to the many culinary, medicinal and traditional use of Mediterranean plants found within Cadiz province. You will find many of these plants in your supermarket in lotions, herbal teas, and to flavour your food or even eat them as part of your main plate.

Please contact us in advance to book these guided hiking tours in Cadiz province to check on availability. Depending on the season some of the hikes are more recommended than others.

Choose the guided hiking tours in Cadiz that you are most interested in from below:

I will lead you in these hiking trails to get the most out of them. Furthermore, I will also explain the habitats that we find and some the landmarks of the hikes. I will help you identify Mediterranean plants and explain the traditional, culinary or medicinal use that it had in the region. Did you know that these uses have been passed down from generation to generation for centuries?

These hikes last from 3.5 - 7h depending on the guided hiking tours in Cadiz that you choose. Most of the hiking tours I offer consist of hikes that last 3.5 - 4.5h (8-13km). However, we can design longer or shorter hiking trails for those groups that are interested.

Although I'm based in Vejer de la Frontera we can arrange transportation for your group from anywhere within Cadiz province. Moreover, having a transport with a driver will help you enjoy doing linear hiking routes and discover different types of habitats. Alternatively, if you prefer to use your own vehicle, we can meet at the end point and I can drive us (up to 4 guests) to the start of the hike.

La Brena Natural Park (Linear trail- Low Medium difficulty)

We will start our hiking route at the bottom of Vejer de la Frontera. Throughout this route we will take in great views of Vejer de la Frontera as well as the saltmarshes of Barbate, and Cape Trafalgar. We will visit one of the largest dovecotes in Europe while learning about some of the unique plant species we will find in this beautiful hike.

We will book transport with a driver or taxi for the return. Alternatively, if preferred we can use two vehicles (mine and yours).

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Duration: 3.5h / Length: 12km / Habitats: Pine forest, Mediterranean shrub, grassland / Highlights: One of the largest dovecotes in Europe, views and possibility to see chameleons / Recommendations: Wear comfortable shoes and bring lots of water.

Vejer de la Frontera history and hike to El Soto (Linear trail - Low Medium difficulty)

The hike starts at the tourism office of Vejer de la Frontera. First 1:30h we will learn about the history of Vejer and enjoy some of the best views of Vejer de la Frontera. From here we will head to the bottom where we will go to one of the only places in Europe with a possibility to see the Ibis Eremita (Northern Bald Ibis). Next, we will walk to the beginning of our trail where we will learn about local agriculture in Vejer. In this hike there are really nice views of Vejer de la Frontera

We will book transport with a driver or taxi for the return. Alternatively, if preferred we can use two vehicles (mine and yours).

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Duration: 4h / Length: 12km / Habitats: Pine forest, agriculture, riparian, Mediterranean forest, grassland / Highlights: Viewpoints, history of Vejer de la Frontera. / Recommendations: Wear comfortable shoes and and bring lots of water.

El Palmar in Vejer de la Frontera to Barbate (Linear trail - Low Medium difficulty)

First, to start the hike we will head to Trafalgar cape. From this sandy area of ​​Cadiz we will begin a hiking route towards the Natural Park of La Breña, a great protected area in this area of ​​Andalusia with incredible views from the top of the cliffs.

During the tour we will get to know four out of the five types of ecosystem that the Natural Park has. Did you know that these properties have been passed down from generation to generation for centuries?

While we walk along the beaches we will also get to know some curiosities of trap fishing, a technique widely used in the area, the almadraba. Along with this coastline, popularly called "the tuna coast", we will also see various defensive towers built at different times to prevent incursions into the sandy areas.

After touring La Breña and the Barbate marshes, we will continue the hiking route to Cape Trafalgar. On this hike we will take a walk next to its iconic lighthouse while we tell you about some events about the famous Battle of Trafalgar: a battle that in 1805 faced the Franco-Spanish fleet in these waters with the British Navy, commanded by Admiral Nelson.

Finally, from la Breña we will return to Trafalgar. We will book transport with a driver or taxi for the return. Alternatively, if preferred we can use two vehicles (mine and yours).

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Duration: 3.5h / Length: 13.5km / Habitats: Pine forest, dune system, Mediterranean shrubs, cliff, and coastal / Highlights: Viewpoints, history of Cape Trafalgar and tradition of Bluefin Tuna almadraba of Barbate. / Recommendations: Wear comfortable shoes and bring lots of water.

Playa Valdevaqueros (Circular trail - Medium high difficulty)

In this hike we will hike to the top of a mountain in El Estrecho Natural Park. This hiking tour is for people who are used to hiking with irregular terrain. However, the views are worth it! As well, it is an excellent place for birding. Take in 360 degree views, from Tarifa, to Morocco, Vejer and Los Alcornocales Natural Park.

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Duration: 3:00h / Length: 9km / Habitats: Pine forest, dune system and Mediterranean shrubs/ Highlights: Viewpoints, Bronze-age necropolis and Roman-age quarry, and tradition of Bluefin Tuna almadraba of Tarifa. / Recommendations: Wear hiking boots that cover the ankles and bring lots of water.

Conil de la Frontera-Roche (Circular trail - Low Medium difficulty)

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Duration 4.5h / Length: 13km / Habitats: Pine forest, dune system, Mediterranean shrubs, cliff, and coastal / Highlights: Viewpoint, and tradition of Bluefin Tuna almadraba in Conil de la Frontera. / Recommendations: Wear comfortable shoes and bring lots of water.

Silla del Papa (Circular trail - Medium difficulty)

In this hike we will hike to the top of a mountain in El Estrecho Natural Park. This hiking tour is for people who are used to hiking with irregular terrain. We will hike along the mountain crest and enjoy the views while walking as well along cork oak forest.

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Duration 4h / Length: 12km / Habitats: Pine forest, eucalyptus forest, Mediterranean shrub / Highlights: Viewpoints, Pre-Roman history in the area. / Avoid: Summer (due to heat) / Recommendations: Wear hiking boots that cover the ankles and bring lots of water.

Los Alcornocales Natural Park Hike 1 (Linear trail - Medium difficulty)

We will book transport with a driver or taxi for the return. Alternatively, if preferred we can use two vehicles (mine and yours).

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Duration 4h / Length: 12km / Habitats: Pine forest, eucalyptus forest, Mediterranean shrub and forest / Highlights: Viewpoint, and tradition of Bluefin Tuna almadraba in Tarifa. / Avoid: Rainy season - certain parts of the trail may be flooded after heavy rain / Recommendations: Wear hiking boots that cover the ankles and bring lots of water.

Los Alcornocales Natural Park Hike 2 (Linear trail- Medium High difficulty)

In this guided hiking tour within Cadiz we will hike to the top of a mountain in Los Alcornocales Natural Park. This hiking tour is for people who are used to hiking with irregular terrain. We will head to the top of the mountain to take in the views of the Strait of Gibraltar and surrounding habitats. Along the way to the top your local guide will lead you through a cork oak forest and take you to see a dolmen. Later, during part of the trail there can be some spiky plants so I recommend using long pants/trousers. Finally, at the end of our nature trail we will enjoy a great ending to the hike along the creek.

We will book transport with a driver or taxi for the return. Alternatively, if preferred we can use two vehicles (mine and yours).

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Duration 4.5h / Length: 12.5km / Habitats: Mediterranean forest, Mediterranean shrubs, Pine forest, grassland / Highlights: Viewpoints, and tradition of Bluefin Tuna almadraba in Tarifa. Recommendations: Wear hiking boots that cover the ankles, long trousers as we will be hiking through some spiky areas, and bring lots of water.

Do you want to develop a personal itinerary just for you and your group? Book a private custom tour.

Important Info

When: Available Tuesday to Sunday

Meeting Point: Pick up from your hotel

Price: Cost depends on the length of the route ,for a guide can go from €95-€145 for the whole group (Tax included). Transport is a separate cost if required.

Group Size: 2-15 people offered only as a private tour

Language: Tours are offered in English or Spanish

Optional add ons: Private transport with driver or lunch at the end of the tour.

Frequently Asked Questions about these nature guided hiking tours in Cadiz

What should I bring for this hiking tour?

Make sure you follow the recommendations for each hike. Also bring a hat, sunglasses, sun cream, and 2- 3 litres of water.
Don’t forget to bring along your camera to show everyone back home all the best moments from your tour!

What language is the hike tour in?

The tour is offered in English or Spanish, which your guide which will be fluent in.

Can older people keep up with the group?

Absolutely, although each person is different! We can hike at a relaxing pace and stop frequently so it is enjoyable for everyone! As well, I can recommend a shorter hike with less slopes and easier terrain for those above 50-60 years old.

Can children join these guided hiking tours Cadiz province?

Yes, of course. They will enjoy this nature day.

Are there any additional costs?

Only those services that you choose will be included in the price. If there is anything in particular you would like to add on, please let us know in advance.

What happens in the event of rain?

Luckily, we are in an incredibly sunny region where rainy days are infrequent for much of the year (July averages only 1mm of rain in the whole month!). However, if the tour is cancelled due to weather conditions, we will offer it another day or instead give you a full refund.

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