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Sotogrande is wonderfully positioned for exploring the south of Spain. All of these places are an easy drive away - Gibraltar is just 20 minutes away.

Gibraltar

No visit to Sotogrande is complete without spending a day in Gibraltar. Go out on a boat with the dolphins, see the famous apes on the rock, explore the caves and underground tunnels.

Rather than go on for ages here, try this link for more information about the many things to do in Gibraltar:

www.andalucia.com/gibraltar

Tangier


Day trips to Tangier from Gibraltar can be booked through major travel agents for around £45. The trip includes a tour of the kasbah and lunch plus an optional camel ride.


Cadiz

Cadiz stands on a peninsula, jutting out into a bay, and is almost completely surrounded by water.

It has Phoenician roots and was a thriving Roman port before falling into oblivion. It re-emerged in the 16th century as the embarkation point for the explorers of America. Cadiz was later raided by Sir Francis Drake and withstood a siege by Napoleon's army. In the early 19th century it was the bastion of Spain's anti-monarchist, liberal movement and the country's first Constitution was declared here in 1812.


Some of the city's 18th century walls still stand and the old, central quarter of Cadiz is famous for its picturesque charm. Worth a visit are the city's Cathedral and churches of Santa Cruz and San Felipe Neri, famous as the place where, in defiance of Napoleon's siege, the provisional government was set up with its own liberal Constitution. Other points of interest are La Santa Cueva, home to several paintings by Goya, and stately mansions such as the Casa del Almirante and Casa de las Cadenas.


The old city looks quite Moorish in appearance with narrow cobbled streets opening on to small squares. The golden cupola of the cathedral looms high above long white houses. It just takes an hour to walk around the headlands where you can visit the entire old town and pass through some lovely parks with sweeping views of the bay.


Sevilla


According to legend, Sevilla was founded by Hercules.


Sevilla lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir and is one of the largest historical centres in Europe, it has the minaret of La Giralda, the cathedral (one of the largest in Christendom), and the Alcázar Palace. Part of its treasure include Casa de Pilatos, the Town Hall, Archive of the Indies (where the historical records of the American continent are kept), the Fine Arts Museum (the second picture gallery in Spain) , plus convents, parish churches and palaces.


Places to visit in Sevilla are the old city, with the Cathedral and the Giralda tower at its heart. (You can climb the steps inside the tower for a magnificent view of the City) Very close by are the royal Mudéjar palace known as the Alcazar with marvellous gardens and the Santa Cruz quarter, with cramped streets, flowered balconies, richly decorated facades, hidden patios. Other sights not to be missed are, in the old city, the Casa de Pilatos, a large sixteenth-century mansion where Mudejar, Gothic and Renaissance styles blend harmoniously amidst exuberant patios and gardens and, crossing the Triana bridge over the large Guadalquívir river, the lively popular quarter of Triana with charming narrow streets around the church of Santa Ana and traditional. ceramic factories.