Cadiz: Our highlights and tips for the Andalusian coastal city

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What a location, what a flair: Cadiz really stands out from the crowd of Andalusian cities. It is situated on a promontory and is surrounded on all sides by the sea . Sounds dreamy? It is! And by the way, Cádiz is one of the oldest cities in Europe.

Why you should definitely make a stopover in Cádiz on a trip through Andalusia, we will show you in this blog article. We will introduce you to the most beautiful sights and highlights and, of course, as always, we will share our personal tips.

1. Cádiz: Interesting facts about the Andalusian coastal city Cádiz is old. Very old. Unbelievable, but true: Cádiz is actually one of the oldest cities in Europe. And an authentic one at that. Although tourism is now, of course, a fixed part of Cádiz, the coastal town makes a very original impression. In other words: the streets of Cádiz are photogenic, but not every house has been perfectly renovated down to the last detail – quite the opposite.

The inhabitants of Cádiz (they are called by the way Gaditanos) fill the city with life. Although the squares and some streets of Cádiz are so busy, the city exudes calm and serenity. You won’t find any hustle and bustle – maybe also because you are right by the sea?

Speaking of the sea: what makes Cádiz so special is its unique location by the sea. The old town of Cádiz is situated on a promontory and is almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic. You will notice just how picturesque Cádiz is when you arrive by car over the huge
Cable-stayed bridge Puente de la Constitución de 360 drive.

How much time should I allow for Cádiz? We were two nights in Cádiz and found this period ideal. Since the center of Cadiz is fairly manageable and most of the sights are close together, two nights are easily enough to see the highlights. We even had enough time to wander the streets without a big plan once in a while and just let ourselves drift a bit.

If you’d rather take it easy, then you would let’s add some more time. Three nights are then probably ideal. If the weather permits, you can also have a day at the beach. And for those in a hurry: Even with just one night you can explore the most important sights of Cádiz.

2. The most beautiful sights in Cádiz In this chapter we will show you which highlights you not to be missed in Cadiz. The practical thing: All sights are within walking distance, because the old town is quite manageable.

Old town of Cádiz Let’s start right in the heart of Cádiz: in the winding old town . All the sights that we will present in a moment are also in the old town. Nevertheless, we wanted to present the alley labyrinth of the old town of Cádiz separately because it is so special.

The chessboard-like old town of Cádiz is located on the north-western tip of the promontory. We have to admit: some streets of Cadiz make a slightly oppressive impression at first glance because they are so narrow and dark and the houses are so high. You can hardly get lost, because every alley ends at the latest at the sea.

One thing is certain: Authenticity is the great strength of the old town of Cádiz. In hardly any other place have we experienced so much authentic Spanish flair as here. Of course there are also more touristy corners (e.g. around the cathedral), but all in all the center of Cadiz is full of local life.

One of the most beautiful streets is the Calle Virgen de la Palma. As the name already suggests, a few palm trees tower up here and create a holiday feeling.

Torre Tavira One of our highlights! From Torre Tavira you can enjoy a 24 -degree panoramic view over Cadiz. The observation tower actually houses a museum, which we (admittedly) only looked at in passing. Among other things, it houses a camera obscura.

But for us it was clear from the start: We’re coming for the view. And it was really worth it! From the viewing terrace you not only have a wonderful view of the cathedral, but you can also see the Castillo de San Sebastián on the offshore island in the distance.

Unfortunately, the tower closes relatively early, so we would recommend late afternoon hours for a visit. You can hardly see the sunset from here, but we’ll give you a tip for that later anyway, don’t worry.

Information about visiting Torre Tavira Price: 7 euros

Opening hours: October to April from until 18 pm, May to September from 01 until 20 Watch

Cádiz Cathedral In the heart of the old town, very close to the sea, is the most important building in Cádiz, the monumental Cathedral. As in (almost) all Spanish towns, an entrance fee is also due here. We were also inside, but would argue that there are more impressive churches in Spain.

But what is absolutely worthwhile is to climb the church tower. This leads you spirally upwards without stairs. The viewing platform is right next to the church bells – so pay attention to the time if you are sensitive to noise.

From above you can look in all directions. Our favorite view is the one from Torre Tavira, but the view is also fantastic from up here.

Information on visiting the Cathedral of Cadiz Entry: 6 euros (valid for the cathedral including the church tower)

Cathedral opening hours & steeple : you can find it on the official website

La Caleta: The beach of Cádiz The city beach of Cádiz is called Playa de la Caleta (La Caleta for short) and is located right in the center. We can’t comment on peak season occupancy (probably quite crowded), but the ambiance here is really great in the evenings. We’d say that La Caleta is the most beautiful place in Cádiz to see the sunset.

Just get it at one of the bars (or in a supermarket) something cool to drink and enjoy the last rays of sunshine of the day. The atmosphere on this beach is so relaxed in the evenings – a dream!

Fun fact: A famous scene for James Bond (“Die Another Day”) was filmed on this beach with Filmed Halle Berry. So if the beach looks familiar, you know why.

Castillo de San Sebastián The silhouette of the Castillo de San Sebastián is clearly visible from the mainland. The castle is located on a small island connected to the historic center of Cadiz by a narrow promenade. The Castillo de San Sebastián once served to defend Cádiz.

You can walk to the Castillo from the mainland in about 10 minutes. Depending on the weather, it can be quite stormy out there. The view back towards the old town is really worth seeing.

Currently (as of December 2020) the Castillo de San Sebastián is closed for renovation. Unfortunately, at the end of the path you are standing in front of closed gates. But it doesn’t matter, because the most impressive thing is probably the fascinating atmosphere in the middle of the sea anyway.

Mercado Central The most important market in Cádiz is the Mercado Central de Abastos, called Mercado Central for short. It takes place in the heart of the old town in a historic market hall.

The area for fish and seafood is particularly large: The inner stalls of the Mercado Central are reserved for fishmongers. The variety is said to be gigantic – unfortunately we were there on Monday, the day of the week when most of the stands are closed. (As a tip: We would skip this day for a visit.)

Around the Mercado Central you will find many tapas bars where you can also have something to eat in the evening. This area of ​​the Mercado Central is called Rincón Gastronómico.

Information about visiting the Mercado Central Opening hours Mercado Central: Monday to Saturday from approx. 9 to approx. 15 (But we wouldn’t come on Monday because, as I said, most of the stands were closed then.)

Opening times Rincón Gastronómico: Monday from 9 to 10 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 14: 19 am and from 19 until 30 p.m., Saturday from 9 to 15 hours and from 16 until 01 Clock (These are only approximate figures – it is best to check on site.)

Excursion to Jerez de la Frontera The Andalusian city of Jerez de la Frontera is located about 20 by car north of Cádiz, more or less on the way to Seville.

We thought for a long time whether we should plan an overnight stay in Jerez de la Frontera or whether we should “only” explore the town as part of an excursion. We chose the latter and have no regrets. Not that we didn’t like it, but overall other cities in Andalusia (we feel) have more to offer.

The most beautiful sights in Jerez de la Frontera One of the most important sights in Jerez de la Frontera is (how could it be otherwise) the imposing Cathedral. From the outside it is already quite impressive, but a visit to the church interior is also worthwhile. But we were even more enthusiastic about the view from the bell tower of the cathedral. You can climb it and be rewarded with a fabulous view. (Admission to the cathedral including the tower 7 euros)

Another highlight in Jerez de la Frontera is the fortress of the city, called Alcázar de Jerez de la Frontera (entrance 5 euros). Unfortunately, it was closed on the day of our visit. A huge complex consisting of palaces, gardens, courtyards and even a mosque awaits you here.

By the way: Jerez de la Frontera is the hometown of the famous sherry – in Spanish “Jerez” even means “Sherry”. Therefore you can buy it at felt every corner. There are numerous sherry bodegas in Jerez, some of which also offer guided tours.

3. Eating and drinking in Cádiz: Our restaurant and café tips In Cádiz it was a bit difficult for us personally to find restaurants that also offer a good vegetarian selection of dishes. This is probably due to the fact that the culinary offer in Cádiz is rather authentic and a lot of meat is eaten in Spain. Anyway: In the end we found what we were looking for.

Café Royalty: We passed it quite by accident because it was right next to our accommodation (more on that right away) and didn’t regret it for a second. There’s a specialty from Cádiz here, so-called picatostes gaditanos, which we ordered on the advice of the waitress. Picatostes are a bit reminiscent of sweet, very fluffy bread – so delicious! The ambience in the Café Royalty is very dignified. There is also a separate restaurant area, but we only went to the café.

La Candela: The restaurant is more touristy, but it is we ate pretty well. There’s plenty of tapas on the menu (a few are vegetarian). The staff is very friendly and you sit comfortably on top of that.

Sonámbulo: This restaurant was also conveniently located right next to our accommodation, so we stopped by spontaneously . The ambience is very appealing – a mixture of “industrial” and living room atmosphere. The menu features a cross-section of Spanish and international dishes: from tapas to fish dishes and steaks, everything is included.

4. Our hotel tip for Cádiz In Cádiz we had once more on our Andalusia -Travel a beautiful accommodation, the Candelaria 01. It is located in a beautifully renovated historic house in the historic center. Fortunately, the house is on a square (and not in a narrow alley), so that a comparatively large amount of light enters the room.

Speaking of rooms: the property has only 5 apartments – all with a view towards the square. We booked the lowest category which is on the 1st floor. The apartment is furnished to a very high standard and – most importantly – the bed is incredibly comfortable.

The reception is not permanently manned, but that didn’t bother us personally. Thanks to the key code, you can check in individually. Also very cool: When you check into your room, some personal tips and a city map are waiting for you.

By the way, the really big highlight is on the roof: there is a magnificent roof terrace with a beautiful view. If you climb the spiral staircase, you can even see the cathedral. Our conclusion: We would stay here again at any time!

You can book the accommodation here: Candelaria 10

Another tip: Parking in Cádiz If you are going to Cádiz by car, then you should think about the best place to park your car. Because: You can hardly drive into many alleys of the old town, let alone park there. We therefore recommend that you park your car in a monitored parking lot or multi-storey car park.

We ourselves have Canalejas car park near the port of Cádiz, as it is only a 5-minute walk from our accommodation. The price for one day in this car park is approximately 14 Euro.

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Have you ever been to Cadiz? Did you like it as much as we did? Or do you have any other tips? We look forward to hearing about your experiences!