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What are the main places of interest to property buyers?

If you are totally unfamiliar with the region it may be advisable to arrange a visit so that we can give you a guided tour in order to pinpoint your preferred location.

Although our service is in no way limited to the locations summarised below they are by far the most popular in terms of what they have to offer property seekers.

Map of the Costa de la Luz, Cádiz

The map above shows each location and the main connecting motorways, if you wish to read a specific description please select one of the following links:

Jerez | Cádiz | El Puerto | Chiclana / Sancti Petri | Conil | Arcos | Vejer | Medina | Sanlúcar | Chipiona

Jerez de la Frontera
El Gallo Azul, Jerez
Jerez property
Jerez street with cafes

With Jerez airport only a 10-minute drive from the centre the easy accessibility into the town is certainly one of the many appealing factors that has encouraged the growth in popularity here amongst foreign property buyers. Alternatively the airports in Sevilla and Gibraltar are both around a 1-hour drive away from the town via fast, new motorways.  

The busy and cosmopolitan town of Jerez is the most populated urbanization in the Cádiz province. It is without a doubt quintessentially Andalucían being the home to sherry, flamenco and the elegant Carthusian horses. Throughout the aristocratic old quarter, down many of the orange tree lined streets or around one of the delightful squares, there is an abundance of outstanding tapas bars and restaurants to be found. World famous for its sherry and brandy production Jerez is home to numerous bodegas such as Harveys, Domecq, Sandeman, and González Byass. With the growth of fashionable tapas bars in the UK the distinctive tipple of sherry is experiencing somewhat of a resurgence amongst the British, for the Spanish a glass of chilled Fino is an essential afternoon indulgence.

On the edge of the town there is a massive new commercial centre that houses major label clothes shops, a food hall, a multi-screen cinema complex and a video bowling alley.

A huge new sports facility has recently opened in Jerez which possesses training rooms with all the latest machine technology, it provides the opportunity to join in a multitude of dance and exercise classes, it has courts to play squash and paddle tennis, a large covered swimming pool and even the offer of spa treatments.

The nearest beaches to Jerez are to be found 15 minutes away at the charming resort of El Puerto de Santa María. There are many other coastal towns to choose from, also with Blue Flag awards for their beaches, all within 30 minutes drive from Jerez – a regular bus service operates daily routes to the surrounding towns.

At one of the ‘horse ballets’, held at the prestigious Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art, it is possible to appreciate close up the beauty and grace of the magnificent thoroughbreds as they perform to classical music. To check performance dates and times, and to reserve tickets, visit the Real Escuela website.

The Circuito de Velocidad in Jerez hosts a variety of motoring competitions throughout the year including the Spanish Moto GP. On specific weekends in the months of January and February it is possible to watch the Formula 1 teams conduct their pre-season testing.

Visit the official Jerez website for more information on the town.

Property values have risen in the town over the last couple of years and although it is rapidly becoming a focus for northern European buyers Jerez still represents excellent value. It is an ideal choice for the astute property seeker looking for an authentic location that has close proximity to the airport as well as easy access to clean sandy beaches.

To experience a short aerial tour of the town visit the following links:
Jerez I
Jerez II

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The journey time via the new motorway link between Jerez airport and Cádiz takes around 30 minutes. A regular train operates several times a day between Cádiz, Jerez and Sevilla but the expected 2011 opening of the high speed AVE service, which already links Sevilla with Madrid, will prove to be of significant importance to the city.

Cádiz is believed to be Europe’s most ancient city and the astounding architecture of the old quarter clearly demonstrates its rich heritage. As well as being a city packed full of history and tradition it also incorporates a newer area where many contemporary shops are located. Wander through the maze of lanes and discover grand squares surrounded by a wide selection of cafés, tapas bars and restaurants serving exquisite, fresh seafood dishes.

More bars and restaurants are stituated on the beach front, just a short walk from the centre, and many have views out over the perfect, golden sand towards the vast gleaming Ocean. The backdrop to the beach of pastel coloured houses and the impressive gold domed Cathedral bears a strong resemblance to Havana and hence the nickname Little Cuba.

During the day Cádiz is a place that emits a friendly and easy-going atmosphere, once night falls this vibrant city comes alive as the locals venture out to socialise and enjoy themselves well into the early hours.

The Cádiz website is a great source on the city but also contains information about the whole of the province.

Due to its peninsula location, surrounded on three sides by water, land is limited and so is the supply of decent sized properties. The most popular property purchase option is in the form of apartments that inside possess all the latest modern conveniences whilst the outside of the building maintains the appearance of the original architecture. A Council Renovation Programme is currently offering financial assistance to property owners for the cleaning and restoration of many such stately building facades.

To experience a short aerial tour of the town visit the following links:
Cádiz I
Cádiz II
Cádiz III

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Beach in Cádiz
Property in Cádiz
El Puerto de Santa María
Bars in El Puerto
Vadelagrana beach, El Puerto

The small coastal town of El Puerto de Santa María is only a 15-minute motorway drive from Jerez airport. From the airport either in Sevilla or Gibraltar the drive time would be just over 1 hour.

El Puerto is not only a traditional Spanish family resort but it is also a sophisticated year-round town that still operates today as a working fishing port. The picturesque town presents many good and affordable options for dining, either opt to barhop and sample a variety of tapas rations or select a particular restaurant to relax and savour the local gastronomic delights. Wander out from the centre through the many back streets to marvel at the multitude of handsome old mansions or ‘palaces’ and discover the long whitewashed warehouses of the big sherry bodegas such as Osbourne and Terrys.

As to be expected with a popular resort there are many superb, fine sandy beaches such as the popular Playa Valdelagrana which has a broad promenade and some exceptional restaurants.

The second largest bullring in Spain is to be found in El Puerto, the impressive Plaza de Toros dates back to 1880 and every weekend throughout July and August it is possible to gain entry to witness the bulls and toreadors in action.

El Puerto is a highly sought after location with many people from Sevilla and Madrid owning holiday homes here. Property is relatively scarce and prices are somewhat more expensive than the other towns on the Costa de la Luz. 

To experience a short aerial tour of the town visit the following links:
El Puerto I
El Puerto II

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Chiclana de la Frontera / Sancti Petri

The busy town of Chiclana de la Frontera and the integrated resort of Sancti Petri can be reached via motorway in around 30 minutes drive down from Jerez airport.
The drive up from the airport in Gibraltar takes just over 1 hour.

Chiclana is a charming inland town with many fashionable bars and restaurants as well as ample shopping facilities.

The beaches are less than 10kms from the town at the coastal resort of Sancti Petri. This part of the coast is home to the fabulous La Barossa beach, a sublime 8km stretch of fine, golden sand fronted in part by a lovely promenade dotted with numerous notable restaurants and bars.

In Sancti Petri you will find several golf courses, one designed by Severiano Ballesteros, luxury hotels and spa resorts. There is also a 700-plus berth harbour and an excellent water sports centre where it is possible to hire out windsurf boards, kayaks and catamarans, and also to take courses in scuba diving as well as windsurfing and sailing.

Recognised by the northern European press as a property 'hotspot', with a constant high demand from both foreigners and Spainards, a property purchase here will prove to be a sound investment for the future.

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La Barrosa beach, Sancti Petri
Conil de la Frontera
Beach in Conil

The pretty coastal town of Conil de la Frontera is approximately a 40-minute motorway drive down from Jerez airport, alternatively fly into Gibraltar and take a 45 minute drive up the coast.

Conil is a former fishing village that is a very popular family retreat as there are several good hotels, some tempting bars and restaurants and a great selection of small shops. It does have a very slight touristy feel in comparison with the other locations but it manages to retain its Andalucían charm by being a ‘low-rise’ resort.

The beach here is a sheltered bay of fine golden sand that stretches for miles either side of the town, there are outstanding facilities with the availability of ample parking and numerous beachside dining options.

Conil is a very popular destination and with a strong demand property prices here are set to remain healthy and stable.

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Arcos de la Frontera

The inland town of Arcos de la Frontera is no more than a 30 minute drive from Jerez airport using the new stretch of motorway.

Arcos is a fine example of one of Andalucías White Towns and occupies a spectacular and dramatic location perched high on a limestone crag overlooking the Guadalete River. It is a charming town, a labyrinth of winding, sloping streets lined with remarkable ancient buildings where it is possible to find many high quality bars and restaurants.

Just a short distance form Arcos there is a lake which has been declared a Natural Area and is a good spot for canoeing, sailing, wind surfing, swimming and fishing. There is also a Marina Club on its banks that hosts various national sports contests.

The coast is only a 45-minute drive away with a wide selection of clean and sandy beaches to choose from.

Arcos is excellent value for money, it is situated slightly inland but the new motorways mean mobility around the region is fast and easy.

To experience a short aerial tour of the town visit the following links:
Arcos I
Arcos II

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Spanish White Town of Arcos
Vejer de la Frontera
Countryside views from Vejer
Vejer de la Frontera

Vejer de la Frontera is a small inland town around a 45-minute drive down from Jerez or just over 30 minutes drive from the airport in Gibraltar.

Another of the famous White Towns Vejer is a peaceful, classic Moorish-looking whitewashed town set high up on two hills with views out across the countryside towards the coast and over the sea to Africa. The town itself is a tangle of narrow cobblestone streets and gleaming white alleyways with an interesting variety of small shops, a diverse range of tapas bars and some exceptional restaurants. It is very much a traditional town but it does possess what can only be described as a streak of ‘Bohemianism’.

The coast is a mere 10kms away with a choice between the serenely isolated resort of El Palmar or the old hippy haunt of Los Caños de Meca which also presents a choice of venues to eat with panoramic views over the immaculate beach. Alternatively enjoy a short scenic coastal drive south and you will discover the powder fine, white sandy beaches in the trendy kite surfing town of Tarifa.

Vejer is now an official Historic Artistic Monument of National Importance which contributes to the fact that property here is not as affordable as some of the other inland White Towns. There are new housing developments underway that are being tastefully blended in around Vejer with prices that are slightly more reasonable.

To experience a short aerial tour of the town visit the following link:

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Medina Sidonia

Medina Sidonia is another inland White Town some 30 minutes drive down from Jerez airport, or alternatively a motorway drive up from Gibraltar takes about 45 minutes.

Medina is a proper working town with a typically Andalucían feel due to the maze of steep, tight cobbled streets. Its hilltop location affords 360-degree views across unspoilt wide-open fields. Despite the relative small size of the town there are sufficient options for places to eat that serve very good regional dishes.

The nearest beaches are less than a 20-minute drive away at the popular coastal retreat of Sancti Petri.

A new Village Resort is planned with the design emphasis on harmonious integration into the surrounding landscape. It will provide the area with an amphitheatre, equestrian centre, golf course and 5 star hotels. As there are still very few ‘foreigners’ in Medina property prices offer exceptional value and undoubtedly the new Village Resort will prove to be a great pulling factor in the future.

To experience a short aerial tour of the town visit the following link:

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View over Medina rooftops
Sanlúcar de Barrameda
Sanlúcar de Barrameda main square

The popular family seaside town of Sanlúcar de Barrameda is a 25-minute drive from Jerez airport.

Alongside Jerez and El Puerto, Sanlúcar makes up the trio known as The Sherry Triangle and it is specifically renowned for its distinctive Manzanilla sherry. The appealing main square, located in the old part of the town, is surrounded by ancient palaces and churches with an array of bars and restaurants offering delicious local tapas dishes. There are some superb restaurants down by the old fishing district next to the beach and besides serving fresh seafood dishes they allow views of the Coto de Doñana National Park.

A broad promenade runs alongside the 7km slender beach, and during the summer months temporary beach bars are erected at various positions on the golden sand.

In March 2008 a new shopping and leisure centre was opened which has 120 shops and restaurants. As part of the complex, a bowling alley, gymnasium and 12-screen cinema are also planned.

Sanlúcar is a well-liked ‘chic’ Spanish resort with a broad assortment of reasonably priced properties on offer.

To experience a short aerial tour of the town visit the following links:
Sanlúcar I
Sanlúcar II

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Chipiona is a small coastal town some 35 minutes drive from Jerez airport.

It is a very modest seaside resort with a thriving traditional Spanish community. Chipiona may not be as up-market as nearby El Puerto and Sanlúcar but it is still a very pleasant town.

Along the beachfront there are many busy bars and several restaurants, the centre itself also has an adequate range of eateries excelling in seafood and serving the refreshing locally produced Moscatel wine. Chipiona proudly boasts that its fantastic beaches have been awarded year-after-year the Blue Flag award to certify their cleanliness.

Although the summer season here is very busy for most of the year the town tends to be relatively quiet.

Property prices in Chipiona are not excessive and certainly cheaper than most of the other towns situated on this coast. Chipiona provides affordable coastal property that must offer great potential as a longer term investment.

To experience a short aerial tour of the town visit the following link:

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Beach in Chipiona

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