Jerez visit, what to see in jerez cadiz

jerez visit, what to see in jerez

La Atalaya clock museum, situated outside the historic centre, is well worth a visit. It houses some of the oldest timepieces, and the largest collection of clocks in all of Europe. There is a surprising display of working clocks, with life-size holograms, baroque music, chimes and a constant ticking in the background in ten rooms full of colour and magic. The museum houses a collection of over 300 timepieces in different styles ranging from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

The Alcázar in Jerez de la Frontera was built in the 12th century. Some of the original Islamic Alcazar still exists, including the two gates, the mosque, the Arab baths, the palace of the Patio of Dona Blanca, and the octagonal tower. The Cathedral in Jerez de la Frontera, was originally a collegiate church, since Jerez did not become a bishopric until 1980. The baroque building with five naves and a rectangular floor plan was constructed between 1695 and 1778, on the ruins of an old mosque, under the architects Diego Moreno Meléndez, Rodrigo del Pozo, Diego Díaz, Juan de Pina, Torcuato Cayón de la Vega, Juan de Vargas and Pedro Ángel de Albizu. The present cathedral dates from the 18th century, and bridges Gothic, baroque and neo-classical styles. The interior is surprisingly light despite the heavy stone construction.

La Cartuja in Jerez de la Frontera, was built in the second half of the 15th century under the patronage of Don Álvaro Obertos de Valeto and is considered to be one of the finest buildings in the province of Cadiz.

Doñana National Park. The biodiversity of this National Park results from the coming together of different ecosystems. The territory was declared UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1980.

It´s one of Europe's most important wetland reserves and a major site for migrating birds. It is an immense area; the parque itself and surrounding the natural park(a protected buffer zone) amount to over 1,300 sq km in the provinces of Huelva, Sevilla and Cádiz. It is internationally recognised for its great ecological wealth. Doñana has become a key centre in the world of conservationism.

Doñana is well known for its enormous variety of bird species, either permanent residents, winter visitors from north and central Europe or summer visitors from Africa, like its numerous types of geese and colourful colonies of flamingo. It has one of the world's largest colonies of Spanish imperial eagles. The park comprises three distinct kinds of ecosystem: the marismas, the Mediterranean scrublands and the coastal mobile dunes with their beaches.

The park supports an incredible array of vegetation in a variety of virgin habitats. Inland are large expanses of stone pines, Mediterranean scrublands, mastic tree, rosemary, cistus scrub, glasswort, red lavender, rosemary and thyme. There are also junipers and forests of cork oaks. Among the flowering plants are lavender, tree heaths, gladioli, irises and rock roses.

125 species of birds are known to be resident here, as well as 125 migratory bird species, 17 reptiles, nine amphibians and eight species of fish. There is a rich variety of mammals, 28 species in total, some in danger of extinction, like the lynx and the Egyptian mongoose. Also here are badgers, rabbits and otters. Game is also plentiful, with red deer, fallow deer and wild boar.

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