A travel guide to the city of Cádiz, Spain

Articles Aug 14, 2020 13:02

Cádiz's unspoiled beauty and rich history make this city the perfect getaway. Let's take a look at a few tips for traveling in Cádiz, Spain.

Located in Andalusia, southwest of Spain, the city of Cádiz does not have too many tourists. Strolling through the cobbled streets, you will only hear the sounds of the locals. But its sandy beaches, a variety of architecture and ancient history make it an attractive option for a Spanish city adventure.

Being over 3,000 years old, it is also believed to be the oldest city in Western Europe. It was an important trading center as well as one of Spain's wealthiest cities in the 18th century.

A travel guide to the city of Cádiz, Spain

While some of Spain's major cities are becoming more multicultural, Cádiz retains a true Spanish taste.

Travel tips for tourists in Cádiz, Spain

The best time to visit Cádiz

A travel guide to the city of Cádiz, Spain

Southern Spain benefits from relatively warm temperatures all year round. More than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and high summer temperatures determine the peaceful life of this charming city.

Even if you plan to visit Cádiz in winter, you can enjoy temperatures as high as 16 degrees Celsius. In fact, trips to Cádiz in January, or just before Christmas in December, are very popular with those seeking winter sunshine. The time when you may feel uncomfortable is most likely the summer months when the temperature can reach 38-40 degrees Celsius.

A travel guide to the city of Cádiz, Spain

Spanish people knows how to party, so don't be surprised to see a few festivals or celebrations during your visit. If you arrive in June, there will be a big celebration for San Juan, including a fireworks display and a religious festival with parades around the city. Cádiz is especially famous for the Masquerade Festival in February. There are also many celebrations in Semana Santa (Holy Week). Just remember, the city gets extremely busy during these times, and accommodation can be a bit more expensive and harder to find!

How to get there?

A travel guide to the city of Cádiz, Spain

Travel to the city of Cádiz by flight: there is no private airport here. The closest (about 25m to the north) is in Jerez, but it only serves local airlines. The nearest international airport is in Seville, southern Spain.

On the other hand, Cádiz is well connected with the High-Speed Train (AVE) network from all major cities in Spain, as well as local trains (cercanias), buses and 2 ferries daily from the port to the Canary Islands.

A travel guide to the city of Cádiz, Spain

Especially the old town of Cádiz invites you to explore on foot. You can easily get to many beaches by bus or local taxi. Cádiz is not a big city so it's easy to navigate.

Must-see places in Cádiz

Going to the beach: Playa de la Victoria and Playa de la Caleta are two main beaches to visit. James Bond fans should head to Playa de la Caleta in the old town! Playa de la Victoria runs along Cádiz. It is popular with locals and there are many restaurants, hotels and bars along the promenade.

A travel guide to the city of Cádiz, Spain

Museo de Cádiz: Learn about the colorful history of the harbor through the city's paintings, statues and artifacts. Though small, it will tell you everything you need to know. The museum is open in summer from 9 AM – 9 PM on Tuesday to Saturday and 10 AM – 3 PM on Sunday.

Stroll: This historic port city has a distinct Latin American feel to it, which you can only fully feel when walking in the narrow streets. Walk for about an hour, starting from the main tourist information center opposite the train station, to the monastic church Santa Domingo which was completed in 1666. Then, head to the Plaza de la Catedral to see the Cádiz Cathedral and the ruins of Arco de la Rosa. Finally, visit Torre Tavira, the port's main watchtower and head north into the city center and main shopping district.

A travel guide to the city of Cádiz, Spain

Watch a flamenco show: The Flamenco originated in Andalusia and is still extremely popular among Cádiz city tourists today. Watch the intricate guitar performances by going to one of the many programs offered in the old town. Taberna Flamenca La Cava offers a truly authentic experience, priced at € 22.

Cádiz Cathedral: Dominating the port's skyline is a 19th-century structure: the Cádiz Cathedral with its golden dome sparkling in the sunlight. You should visit the burial ground of local composer Manuel de Falla or climb up the east tower for a dramatic view of the city. In the summer, it is open from 10 AM – 9 PM on Monday through Saturday and 1:30 – 9 PM on Sunday.

Best views: Do head to the top of Cádiz's official watchtower, Torre Tavira. Climb the spiral staircase to the roof and you will enjoy a panoramic view of the harbor and the Atlantic Ocean further away. It is open daily from 10 AM – 8 PM from May to September.

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