Catch the turistic train from outside the tourist office. The journey lasts around an hour and is an excellent chance to visit the old and new parts of town without climbing the steep hills yourself!
Stroll down to the Restaurante Sajorami, where their speciality dish is lobster paella, and enjoy watching the magnificent sunset whilst enjoying a romantic meal.
Visit El Palomar Dovecote
This old farmhouse nestled amongst the pine forest is the home to the largest dovecote in the world, according to the Guiness Book of Records. Now unused, it had space for 7,700 birds and spreads of 400m2. Visit the site, have a wander around the grounds and enjoy a pleasant meal at their restaurant.
Hire bikes from a local company, who will also supply you with maps, and cycle through the many hectares of National Park between Barbate and Los Canos.
Take a boat from Barbate marina and sail south towards Zahara de los Atunes or north back towards Los Canos. Marvel at these virgin beaches and beautiful landscape from the water.
For the more adventurous, deep sea fishing is available from Barbate Marina, try to catch amberjack fish, swordfish, of if in season the huge red tuna. For those who want to stay close to home, the rock pools at the beach 400m from the house are full of different species of crab and other crustaceans.
Take a trek along the cliff tops and through the pine forests and finish off with a gallop along the beach past the Cape Trafalgar lighthouse.
Explore Medina Sidonia
The historic town of Medina Sidonia is well worth a visit. This was the home of the aristocracy who used to own much of the region; marvel at its elegant mansions, pretty streets, famous churches and lovely town square.
For the nightowls, Los Canos de Meca is a haven for late night yet relaxed cocktails on the beach. There is a very hippy vibe here and something for families and couples alike. For those with extreme stamina, the discoteca Ohju attracts a young crowd but does not open until 2am!
The Bahía Sur shopping mall in San Fernando is within a short drive of Zahora, and the excellent shops in cities such as Cádiz and Jerez are within easy reach. You will find a great variety of stores, but if you like to shop under one roof then head for the famous El Corte Inglés department store in Cádiz.
Zahora is situated on a route used by migratory birds and birds of prey, including gannets, gulls, falcons, kestrels, jackdaws, egrets, storks and flamingos. Organise an excursion with a local guide and you will not be disappointed.
Cross the Bay
Take a catamaran trip across the Bay of Cádiz from the city of Cádiz to El Puerto de Santa María, or vice versa. The trip takes about 20 minutes and costs very little. Don't forget the camera - the views as you approach and leave Cádiz Port are fabulous.
The capital city of the provence. Famous for it's Cathedral, Roman ruins, flower market, fresh food market, boutique style shops and fabulous tapas bars serving locally caught fried fish.
Sample the excellent wines, sherries and brandies of this region. Visit a bodega in Chiclana, or head for Jerez where you will find famous ones such as the Tio Pepe and Sandemans bodegas. Their samples are generous and their shops very tempting....
The lovely mediaeval town of Vejer de la Frontera is only a short drive away. Wander through its historic streets, enjoy the views from its hilltop location and treat yourselves to a lazy lunch or dinner as you sit at a table outside one of the many good restaurants and watch the world go by.
Soak Up The Sun
With the beautiful beach of Zahora so close to Casa Chano, you will undoubtedly spend some time enjoying its glorious white sands and the clear turquoise water of the Atlantic Ocean. If you fancy a change, this stretch of coast has beaches ranging from tiny coves to large expanses of sand complete with attractions for children to play on.
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