The diversity and extension of the territory surrounding the city makes Jerez a very attractive place to visit for those passionate about nature and activity tourism. The surrounding countryside is replete with country estates, meadows, ranches and farmsteads in which to discover and enjoy nature in its purest form.
The scenic landscapes of valleys, lakes, rivers and mountains provide an ideal location for those wishing to practice leisure, adventure and sporting activities in rural surroundings. You can also tour a vineyard and the countryside surrounding Jerez, enjoying scenery that is unique in the world, another very unusual experience in a territory such as this.
Jerez has numerous natural spaces where nature and active tourism can be enjoyed. In fact, you could say that nature is ever present given the enormous extension of the municipal area, which is the second most extensive in Spain and includes the Montes de Propios in the Alcornocales Nature Park, inhabited by rare animal species, some in danger of extinction. This natural space can be visited to follow hiking trails, enjoy tours in off-road vehicles or stay overnight in the Cortijo Rojitán rural accommodation complex. There are also numerous lagoons in the area, such as Laguna Medina, Las Canteras and El Tejón, which are also nature reserves, in addition to the Laguna de Torrox and Laguna de Los Tollos. All of this complemented by numerous parks and wooded zones such as the parks of Las Aguilillas and La Suara.
The Alberto Durán Zoo and Botanical Gardens is another of the privileged natural spaces located within the city and a great tourist attraction, besides carrying out an outstanding educational function.
Jerez presents a stunning landscape of hillsides, valleys and the Guadalquivir and Guadalete rivers, close to the Bay of Cádiz and its coastline formed by the extensive beaches of El Puerto de Santa María, Chipiona, Rota, Chiclana, El Palmar, Los Caños de Meca, Zahara de los Atunes and Tarifa. From the city you can see the Sierra de Cádiz and the Sierra de Grazalema Nature Park, containing the highest point in the province with a height of 1,654 metres.
The Guadalete River flows past the city and you can learn about its history at the Ceret Visitors Information Centre. Nearby Sanlúcar de Barrameda stands at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River and allows access to the Doñana National Park, a Nature Reserve considered one of the most important protected natural zones in Europe.