Arcos de la Frontera
A 35 minute drive takes you to this imposing frontier town – once part of the old Muslim kingdom of Granada. Park up by the Parador. Enjoy the panoramic vistas, narrow streets, beautiful churches and pretty squares.
For more info: http://www.andalucia.com/province/cadiz/arcos/home.htm
35 minutes drive away is the oldest inhabited city in Europe – Cádiz. Drive through the new town and past the Cathedral into to the historic centre and park in Plaza San Antonio. You will be then protected from the sun (or rain!) and bang in the heart of the old city. The narrowest streets, dotted with sunny plazas await you as do pretty gardens and golden sand beaches – something for everyone. For a slap up lunch try El Faro, said to be the best place to eat in Cádiz!
For more info: http://www.andalucia.com/cities/cadiz.htm
A 50 minute drive, mostly through stunning countryside brings you to the loved and loathed ‘Rock’ of Gibraltar. Alcohol, tobacco and jewellery are all great buys here – with huge savings on UK high street prices. Park in La Linea in the designated ‘Pay & Display’ areas near McDonalds, remember your passport and once you have walked across the border jump on the No.10 bus into town which leaves every 15mins and takes you across the runway (assuming there are no planes departing or landing!) and into the centre of town.
For more info: http://www.gibnet.com/tourist/general.htm
An easy 25 minute drive away, Jerez is famous for its Bodegas – where they produce Sherries, wines and brandies – this is the home of Flamenco even the horses dance in a show at noon on a Tuesday and Thursday at the Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art. Most guests enjoy the Tio Pepe Bodega, especially the visit at 14:00 which is rounded of with a sample of some of the sherries and some tasty Tapas! Park in one of the car parks or one of the ‘Pay & Display’ zones, depending on which part of the city you are.
For more info: http://www.spain.info/en/que-quieres/ciudades-pueblos/otros-destinos/jerez_de_la_frontera.html
Almost a 2 hour drive, but through stunning scenery making the journey as much part of the pleasure as the town itself. And for a real sense of adventure you can even take the exhilarating road through the Grazalema Natural Park – a slightly longer route if time is NOT of the essence!
For more info: http://www.andalucia.com/ronda/home.htm
Just over an hour’s drive away is the capital of Andalucía and arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Spain, Seville is the ‘must see’ at least once during your stay. Seville captures the true ‘spirit of Spain’ and is a wonderful mixture of Roman, Muslim and Spanish architecture. The Alcazar, for example, is a beautiful series of Moorish palaces, courtyards and gardens which rival the Alhambra in Granada whilst Seville’s Gothic cathedral, is the largest in Spain and retains the minaret of the mosque which it replaced.
For more info: http://www.aboutsevilla.com/
At the crossroads of civilisation, where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic Ocean and Europe greets Africa - Tangier flaunts its magnificent bay below lush green hills. Tangier is renowned for the Mendoubia gardens, with their eight-hundred-year-old trees, the Sidi Bouabid Mosque, its minaret decorated with multi-hued faiences dominating the Medina, the Kasbah Square with its portico of white marble columns and of course the Souks – where you will find ornate copper lamps, vibrant silks and beautiful rugs at fabulous prices – if you are prepared to barter! This whole new world is less than 2 hours from Casa de Medina with a pleasant drive down to nearby Tarifa followed be an exhilarating 35minute hydrofoil across the straits to a different continent and refreshingly different way of life.
For more info: http://www.andalucia.com/morocco/destinations/tangier.htm