Considered the oldest city in western Europe, Cadiz is a bustling seaport along the sun-drenched Costa de la Luz. It’s home to palm-lined promenades, picturesque gardens and lively plazas, as well as distinctly charming neighbourhoods.
Things to do in Cadiz
Step back in time as you wander through the medieval streets of El Populo, a charismatic neighbourhood originally settled by ancient Romans. Witness the Genoese red marble exterior of the 17th-century Admiral’s House and the underground church of the Oratorio de la Santa Cueva, then sample the local specialty of pescaíto frito in the lively Plaza de San Juan de Dios.
Dominating El Populo are the soaring towers of the Catedral Nueva, which was built in the 18th century in a combination of Spanish Baroque and Neoclassical styles. Admire its gilded dome and immense pillars, then explore the religious artworks on display in the Treasury.
Cadiz is blessed with a warm Mediterranean climate and picturesque stretches of sand that make it a popular seaside getaway. Take a dip at Playa de la Caleta in the heart of the Old Town or head outside the historic centre to the lively beach at Playa de Santa Maria del Mar.
Stroll through the landscaped gardens of Parque Genovés, which boasts magnificent views of the Mediterranean coast. Photograph the waterfall lake at La Gruta and explore the exotic plant and tropical flower species on display, then grab a bite to eat or coffee at the garden cafe.
Getting around Cadiz
Cadiz is around 35 minutes’ drive from Jerez Airport and there are regular trains to Seville and Madrid. The winding alleyways of the Old Town are best explored on foot, with buses travelling throughout the surrounding areas.