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Jerez de la Frontera: How the Andalusian Horses Dance

1. Jerez de la Frontera: How the Andalusian Horses Dance

Marvel at the equestrian skills of Spanish horses and riders at a unique "How the Andalusian Horses Dance" ballet at the Fundacion Real Escuela Andaluza Del Arte Ecuestre (Foundation Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art) in Jerez de la Frontera. Accompanied by quintessential Spanish music and 18th-century style costumes, the choreography uses movements based on classical dressage, Doma Vaquera (country-style riding), and traditional equestrian chores. Each show consists of 6-8 different choreographies, scheduled by the school according to the following repertoire: Doma Vaquera: Doma Vaquera is a Spanish riding discipline, based on traditional cattle herding. The horseman rides his horse around the arena using only one hand, first trotting and later galloping, changing the rhythm and performing pirouettes and arreones (breaking into a gallop). Classical Dressage: See different choreographies, such as “The Colts,” “Airs on Horseback,” “Pas de Deux,” “Passage and Piaffer,” “Domino on Horseback,” “Airs Above the Ground” and “Fantasy.” The horses carry out advanced exercises to classical music. Carriage Driving: Marvel as the horses demonstrate their ability to draw carriages. These horse-drawn carriages were originally used for transport, but are now relegated to sport and exhibitions, using classical harnesses and driven by coachmen who dexterously demonstrate exciting skills. Work in Hand: Admire the skill of a horse that obeys its rider even when the horseman is not in the saddle. They will carry out classical Haute École dressage exercises, such as levades, caprioles, courbettes, piaffe (between pillars), and the Spanish walk. Carrousel: See a group of horses and riders perform advanced equestrian exercises in unison, providing a fitting end to the performance.

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Jerez: Yeguada de la Cartuja Carthusian Horses Tour

2. Jerez: Yeguada de la Cartuja Carthusian Horses Tour

Head to the historic state of Fuente del Suero in Andalusia to see the world’s best known stock of Cartujano horses. From ancient times, these noble beasts played an important role in Spanish culture, and the Yeguada de la Cartuja stud farm, next to the Monastery of La Cartuja, is the perfect location to breed them, thanks to the climate and fertile lands. The region was made famous when the Carthusian Monastery became the undisputed center for breeding Jerezano horses in the 15th century. The tradition has continued uninterrupted to this day, and the stud farm boasts more than 200 of the thoroughbreds. You will taken on a guided tour of the farm to learn about its dedication to the preservation and improvement of the Cartujano breed. See free running colts and mares, free running stallions, a dressage exhibition, the current batch of foals, and more Watch the grace and power of the prestige breed, and discover why they are the national pride of Spain.

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Cadiz: Hop-on Hop-off Tour 2-Day Ticket

3. Cadiz: Hop-on Hop-off Tour 2-Day Ticket

Once a launching point for ships sailing to the New World, the 3,000-year-old City of Cadiz is now famous for the picturesque, Moorish charm of its old central quarter. Your City Sightseeing bus provides convenient stops at the beautiful Cathedral, the Central quarter enclosed within the City walls and the bay area. Tour Stops: 1. Avenida del Puerto 2. Plaza de la Hispanidad 3. Puertas de Tierra 4. Catedral 5. Playa Caleta 6. Playa Santa Maria 7. Playa Victoria 8. Plaza Sevilla 9. Bahiia de Cadiz

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Jerez: Historic Center Guided Tour

4. Jerez: Historic Center Guided Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of Jerez de la Frontera, the most important city in the Cadiz province, home to Spain's legendary sherry production, and notable for its historical and artistic heritage. Meet your guide in the Plaza del Arenal and set off to explore the neighborhood of San Miguel, with its stunning Gothic church and typical architecture. Discover a rich mix of Islamic and Christian monuments surrounding the Alcázar, and admire the Gothic, Baroque, and Neoclassical façades of the cathedral. Learn about the mysterious Tartessians, attributed as the first settlers of the area. Journey through the times of the Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths and Moors, and learn how each left a deep cultural impression on Jerez. Marvel at the decorative squares and palaces, including the site of the old Town Hall, and go to the Church of San Dionisio, the only Mudejar church in town.

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Tarifa: Dolphin & Whale Watching in the Strait of Gibraltar

5. Tarifa: Dolphin & Whale Watching in the Strait of Gibraltar

Embark on a whale watching cruise from Tarifa. Go through the Strait of Gibraltar and enjoy the multitude of aquatic species in this international biosphere reserve. Keep an eye out for common, striped, and bottlenose dolphins. Hop aboard in Tarifa and cruise through the Strait of Gibraltar. Take in sweeping views of the coast. Try to spot pilot, fin, and sperm whales as you go along. Watch as these whales play and frolic in their natural environment. Take a whale watching adventure with a high likelihood of seeing a whale or dolphin. Know that if you don't see any species of cetacean, you will get a second chance. Travel with a company that activity supports sustainable practices and that has been certified as eco-friendly by a third-party agency. Approach animals with caution to avoid disturbing them. Feel comfortable knowing that this tour provider uses the distance and speeds outlined by Spanish Legislation and the ACCOBAMS regulations.

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Cadiz: Medieval Tour

6. Cadiz: Medieval Tour

Explore the center of ancient Cadiz, a city where a rich cultural, architectural, and culinary heritage has been created over a number of distinct historical eras. Your 2-hour guided visit begins in the main San Juan de Dios Square, where the Town Hall is located. Visit the ancient Roman neighborhood known as the Pópulo, reconstructed over the ages. You’ll find buildings from the Phoenician period, the Roman theater, the 18th-century New Cathedral and its museum, and the walled quarter of Almohad origin. Learn about the history of Cadiz as you walk along its streets and through its squares. Enter the New Cathedral to admire its Baroque and Neoclassical styles and the mythical defensive wall known as the Gates of Earth.

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Cadiz: Guided City Tour

7. Cadiz: Guided City Tour

Explore the oldest city in the west of Spain and learn more than 3,000 years of history on a sightseeing tour of Cadiz. Hear about the many civilizations and cultures that have left their mark on the city, from the Phoenicians and Romans to the present day. Listen to anecdotes and stories from its rich heritage, and learn about its artistic legacy, culture and gastronomy. Hear tales of the Napoleonic period and the city's part in the 18th-century trade routes with India along with the establishment of the Spanish Constitution of 1812, considered one of the most liberal of its time. 

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Jerez and Cadiz Wine Tasting and Horse Show Day Tour

8. Jerez and Cadiz Wine Tasting and Horse Show Day Tour

Enjoy a combined 10-hour tour of Jerez de la Frontera and Cadiz, and experience world famous wines and one of the most spectacular equestrian shows in the world. Your guide will introduce you to the world of wine at one of the best wine cellars in Jerez, world famous for its sherry production. Learn the process that goes into making the famous wines, from the soil to the sunlight, and deep-rooted production techniques. Taste several types of sherry in a typical bodega. Continue to the Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art Foundation to watch the “How the Andalucían Horses Dance” show, regarded as one of the finest equestrian ballets, with choreography based on traditional and cowboy methods of taming wild horses. Drive along the Costa de la Luz to Cadiz, where a local guide will take you around the city center to see the Neoclassical 17th-century cathedral. You will then have some free time to enjoy lunch and explore Europe’s oldest city on your own. Optional visits can be arranged to Tavira Tower, one of the last remaining towers from where merchants would look for returning ships. The tower has a pinhole camera obscura, from where you can see all of the Old City projected onto a concave disc.

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From Seville: Jerez, Cádiz and Andalusian Horses

9. From Seville: Jerez, Cádiz and Andalusian Horses

Depart Seville and journey by air-conditioned coach through the countryside of southern Spain en route to Jerez de la Frontera, famous for its horses and sherry wine production. Upon arrival in the palm-filled city, visit one of its historical bodegas where the sherry is produced. Meet your winemaker host and learn what makes the local sherry so special as you tour the grounds and see wooden casks in the cellars. Taste a delectable selection of sweet and dry sherry varieties in a unique atmosphere. Then, go to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art to watch an authentic horse ballet. Marvel at the choreography, based on traditional and cowboy methods of taming wild horses, all set to Spanish music. Next, travel along the Costa de la Luz en route to the city of Cádiz. Follow your local guide to the cathedral in the historic city center, and get some free time to enjoy lunch and explore on your own. 

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Jerez: Traditional Tapas Tour

10. Jerez: Traditional Tapas Tour

Enrich your senses with this gastronomic and cultural tour in Jerez's famous restaurants. Enjoy and savor the best tapas of the local cuisine where tradition and innovation come together. Discover the historical and cultural heritage of Jerez de la Frontera with its rich cuisine. Follow your guide around this beautiful city to learn about its typical areas. Be amazed at the characteristic bars and renowned restaurants that Jerez has to offer.

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What people are saying about Province of Cádiz

Had just a day in Cadiz, and this was a life savior in getting around quickly and easily to make sure I visited all the important places. Highly recommend booking ahead of time through get your guide as the ticket vendors are not there at most hop on red bus stands.

Marta was very knowledgeable. She engaged with us well. We had a lovely couple of hours with her and hope to see her on another tour one day.

Excellent way to tour Cadiz! Might be better with 45 more minutes and other relevant visits. However, you get a feel for Cadiz!

Very nice show with visit to the magnificent museums, stables and preparation of the horses for the show. I highly recommend

Si vas a Jerez es una actividad miy recomendable, merece la pena