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Best things to do in Costa de la Luz

Nature Preserve
“Over 58,000 ha of national park with thousands of European and African migratory birds, fallow deer, Spanish red deer, wild boars, European badgers, Egyptian mongooses, and endangered species such as the Spanish imperial eagle and the Iberian lynx. Need to book ticket for a tour in advance.”
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Boutique
“Tarifa beaches are beautiful. This is hippe style place with lots of nice shops and restaurants. We love it. It can be windy.”
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Fish Market
“Lively Market, where you can do your groceries and have a beer or try many different "tapas".”
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Seafood Restaurant
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“Without doubt one of the best restaurants in Cádiz, if not Andalucía, and reasonably priced for the consistently excellent quality. The view was the main reason I bought the apartment, the second was its proximity to El Faro. I've been coming here since 2001 and have never had a bad meal. Fish is their specialty, but everything they do is excellent. They have a constantly changing menu depending on seasonal availability, as well as some constant favourites. Their amazing tortillitas de camarones are always one of the first things I order whenever I return to Cádiz. Excellent and reasonably priced wine list. By the way, if you ask for a purely English menu in El Faro it is doubtful that it will be up to date as it's just a generic version of what they normally have available. Get the Spanish menu too, do a bit of cross-checking and a bit of Googling if you need it! They also have a tapas bar next door, which serves the same excellent quality in smaller portions (tapas, raciones, media raciones). Starting with a tapa of their Salpicón de Marisco is a good choice! Ask also for their tapa of the day (tapa del día) at lunchtime, which I've always found to be excellent. Its standing room only in the bar, so arrive early to get yourself some space. I'm not a fan of the ubiquitous, cheap local white wine, Tierra Blanca which is served everywhere in Cádiz but their "Rueda" by the glass is ok. An excellent value white wine here is Jose Pariente (Rueda Verdejo) which they sell by the bottle for about €14 I think. To quote decantalo it is "Fresh, elegant and complex. Hints of pear and peach combined with citrus notes." Anyway, it goes really nicely with the seafood here.”
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Meeting Room
“Cadiz Museum has some rare archeological finds, like the Phoenician sarcophagus, totally intact. It has also Roman finds and paintings. Very good for a small town with lots of history! El Museo de Cádiz tiene algunas piezas únicas como los sarcófagos fenicios, totalmente intactos. También tiene restos romanos y pintura. No está nada mal para una ciudad pequeña con mucha historia!”
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Theater
“Cadiz's old, characterful theatre where the famous Carnival takes place and Manuel de Falla composed his first works”
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Mediterranean Restaurant
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“It's very special, varied food, fish, meat, pasta, tapas etc with a designer touch. A very rich food and a good price. Situated opposite the Alameda Apodaca, park facing the sea.”
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Science Museum
“the highest building (tower) in the old part of Cadiz with a beautiful 360 degree view over the town. 5e entrance fee”
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Spanish Restaurant
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“One of the best Tuna centered restaurant. Quite pricey but the experience is worth it. Be sure to reserve in advance. ”
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Tapas Restaurant
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“The best place in Sanlucar! Rated in the best 100 informal restaurants in Europe”
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Tapas Restaurant
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“A bar always buzzing with local characters and not to be missed, especially considering it's proximity to the apartment. There's bullfighting memorabilia, ancient tiled floors and old photos all the way up to the ceilings. They serve good simple tapas on greaseproof paper rather than plates (try the jamón or the chicharrones (slow-roasted belly pork). At busy times there will often be a few stalls just outside selling cooked shrimps, crab claws and local oysters that they'll shuck for you and serve with lemon. If you're feeling adventurous try the bright orange gonads out of a spiky sea urchin (erizo de mar) after they expertly reveal the alien morsels with a meat cleaver whilst smoking a cigarette. Not much seating once it's busy but there's a few sherry barrels to sit around outside and a great place for people watching.”
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Bar
“If you've had enough fish in Cádiz, this is the place to come for some really good meat with hams and sausages hanging all over the place. Tapas bar at the front, restaurant at the back (if you're lucky you'll be served by a fearsome bull of a man that looks like he takes his food as seriously as he does regularly (excellent recommendations, mind you!). Try the tapa or bigger ración of carrillada Iberica picante (slightly spicy slow-cooked Iberian pig cheek stew) and a montadito de paleta y presa iberica (juicy pork steak topped with Iberican jamón in a bread roll), or if you want something more substantial try the excellent entrecote de presa Iberica (juicy shoulder steak) or the local beef (Carne Retinto). Good selection of well priced wine, too. ”
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Beach
“La Caleta es una playa situada en el centro histórico de la ciudad de Cádiz. Fue puerto natural en el que fondearon barcos de fenicios, cartagineses y romanos. La Caleta is a beach located in the historic center of the city of Cádiz. It was a natural harbor where Phoenician, Carthaginian and Roman ships anchored.”
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Spanish Restaurant
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“This is a must do for dinner while in Tarifa, outstanding food and great atmosphere in the evening . The pulpo is out of this world !”
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Plaza
“Great square with trees for shade in the summer months. Where all the locals gather for breakfast and afternoon coffee that continues into the late night in the hot months. Great for people watching and kids, with numerous bars and cafes and a great Italian ice cream store !”
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Historic Site
“A visit to Baelo Claudia is a great way to see how it would have been to live in a Roman settlement. The site is so well preserved that you can see all the important elements of this prosperous city from the 2nd Century BC which was inhabited until the 7th Century AD. What makes it so unique is that you can see all the important features of a Roman city, the forum, temples, basilica, administrative buildings, market, theatre, baths, aqueducts and city walls. It is very close to one of Tarifa’s most popular beaches, Playa de Bolonia, and so it’s a great activity if you’re on a day trip to Tarifa. There is an excellent visitor centre and every Wednesday at 12.00 there is a guided tour.”
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