The surrounding area
Paterna de Riviera is in the centr of the province of Cádiz, at the heart of the Bull's Route, some 360 feet above sea level, on the A-393 secondary road from Utrera to Barbate, in the Guadalete basin, through the Salado de Paterna and in the natural region called Campiña de Jerez and Cádiz coast.
It is on land that emerged at the end of the Tertiary era, consisting basically of clay, marl and chalk, and has a landscape of low plateaux, plains and meadows.
Paterna is not surrounded by much vegetation, because the intensive agriculture and de-forestry practised in the past. An excpetion to this is the High range and Cartagena, where there is a recreational area for visitors. It is the perfect setting for a day in the country and has complete picnic facilities.
The vegetation is typical of low land: wild olives, kermes oaks, mastic trees, batabuey, white rockrose, heather, rosemary, rockrose, piorno (erinacea anthyllis), Moorish rockrose and strawberry trees, among others.