The east wind that often blows on its shores promotes sports like: windsurfing, kite surfing, surfing, sailing as well as water biking, fishing, diving and swimming.
Hunting is also a deeply rooted sport in Andalucia and there are 60 game reserves in province of Cadiz.
Golf is the sport in fashion and in the province of Cadiz there are 22 golf courses. In general, they are all very good and some of the resorts have exceptional facilities, like Valderrama in Sotogrande or Montecastillo in Jerez de la Frontera where important tournaments like the Ryder Cup are held.
The Sierras are the perfect location for adventure and mountain sports and hang-gliding, bungee jumping, caving, mountain biking and horseback riding are common.
Jerez de la Frontera is known all over the world not only because of its wines but also for its Racing Circuit and the Royal Spanish School of Equestrian Arts where there are many exhibitions which are worth seeing. There is a strong tradition of horseback riding and there are many riding schools throughout the province.
Walking and cycling are healthy choices for nature lovers. Discovering roads and trails, provides peace and quiet. In the Bay of Cadiz Natural Park you can enjoy all these activities almost all year round, as well as several water sports. If you enjoy bird-watching there are many species of birds in the park, so don't hesitate to profit from this unique opportunity to enjoy observing the numerous species that inhabit this area.
The activities you can enjoy in the park are:
- Climbing and rappelling
Diving courses and marine biology.
Boat trips and cruises.
Paths and trails
The Ministry of Environment of the Junta de Andalucía has improved the trails that are detailed on the following pages. These routes may be enjoyed either on foot or bicycle.
- Salina Dolores. This pathway is 1 km away from San Fernando in the “Salina Amigos”. Take the N-IV road towards Cadiz. A house that has a salt track is a reference for the starting point of this trail. The trail runs along the back wall outside the former salt works “Nuestra Señora de los Dolores”, along the inner part of the Bay of Cadiz. This trail offers the opportunity to approach the large mud flats of the Bay of Cadiz, home to many birds as it is rich in food during the low tides. To view them without disturbing the creatures, a bird hide is available for use on the same path so it is worth while stopping along the way to enjoy the scenery. The duration of the tour is 1 ½ hours.
*The Sendero Punta del Boquerón is located on the Camposoto beach, just at the end of the beach road. This is one of the most beautiful trails that can be covered in the Cadiz Bay Natural Park. Its lies along the crossroads between land and sea and follows the train line between the Sancti Petri marsh and the dunes of the Camposoto beach, ending at the southern end of a spit called Punta del Boqueron. This iconic landscape was declared a protected area and a Natural Monument in 2003
* The Sendero Tres Amigos. Río Arillo. Taking advantage of the structure of the old "Salina Tres Amigos", the route of this path allows us to approach one of the most interesting bird watching areas in the Cadiz Bay Natural Park, so it is advisable to bring binoculars or a telescope.
It is very close to the headquarters of Camposoto and other attractions of the same nature, as well as the Visitor Centre and Camposoto beach. It has a large parking area from which we can start the route. The tour will allow you to see the different features of a traditional salt mine: the estuary, the turns of Periquillo or crystallizers where each different layer of water has its own purpose. Here we can observe several species of birds in each area. We will also see the remains of ancient buildings associated with the use of natural resources such as a salt house or the tide mill on the Arillo River. At the end of the trail there are two bird hides. One of them is oriented towards the former salt-marsh. The trail is close to one of the most important bird nesting areas in the Bay of Cadiz Natural Park. It is therefore important to take precautions, especially during the spring.
Following the route of the trail, you can observe, to your right, a large dune in an excellent state of preservation, on which vegetation especially adapted to these sandy soils has developed and anchored the dunes with their extensive roots. To the left lies a marsh which has naturally regenerated following the abandonment of some old salt-works, which has a very different vegetation: algae adapted to the salinity of the soil and to regularly being covered by water from the rising tides.
El Caño de Sancti Petri, is the largest channel in the Bay of Cadiz. Its width and depth allow navigation and it is the border between San Fernando and Chiclana. The trail ends in a dense area of Retamar bushes at the remains of the “Urrutia” battery, a defensive facility that played an important role during the War of Independence. The Castle of Sancti Petri towers over the isle of the same name which dominates the silent shore.