Hello to you dear travelers, today we are heading to Cadiz. Are you ready for a new adventure in this other Spanish city? We are already curious and ready to imagine what we could find nice to do and admire in Cadiz. However we keep the curiosity aside for a while because we can’t begin start if we don’t start to know the city before… Let’s get it right now!
Cadiz is known as the city of the sea or also as “la tacita de plata” (thanks to the play of light that the sun creates in its waters), it is considered one of the oldest cities with a multitude of archaeological remains dating back centuries but it is also the site of the University of Cadiz. Of great cultural value the city is characterized by its various and ancient neighborhoods (the barrios in Spanish) such as El Pópulo, La Viña and Santa Maria and by the narrow alleys that will lead you to the large and evocative squares (Plaza de Mina, Plaza San Antonio, Plaza de Candelaria, Plaza de San Juan de Dios…) or in the scenic streets, those one bordered by the sea. A very felt and popular festival in Cadiz is the carnival which is one of the best known in the world, it is famous for the satirical groups, called chirigotas, that perform musical comedies. In addition to these, other shows come to life in the city transforming Cadiz into a place even more joyful and full of the color. Said that we are more and more curious to get into it and get lost in this (already very promising) city.
To know more ( what to eat, where to eat, where to have fun, things to visit…) continue to read.
We have already anticipated that there will be to visit and get to know, so small talk and let’s start from its history told by the various monuments.
PLACES TO VISIT (MUSEUMS/THEATERS…)
Castillo de San Sebastian
- Catedral Nueva de Cádiz: it is the cathedral of Cadiz. Not only its the interior is very charming and artistic (the neoclassical style can’t get unnoticed!) but to this we can added the location that is near the sea and the two bell towers from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city without comparisons.
- Castillo de Santa Catalina: a former 16th century fortress, today it is an exhibition center hosting temporary art exhibitions. Inside there is also a small chapel from 1683. Being a defensive fortress, fundamental is its strategic position, near one of the famous and frequented beaches of the city and from which you can enjoy a wide and beautiful panoramic view. Well, a place that is worth visiting even for its history but in this case it also has other qualities that add more values.
- Castillo de San Sebastian: former city fortress, it was built to reinforce the defense of the place, it was previously a sighting tower (which says a lot about the panoramic view). It is located on a small island at the end of the Caleta beach. Currently the Castle of San Sebastián is used as an exhibition space and as a place for the celebration of concerts and other kinds of events. Its pier connects the castle directly to the historic center and throughout the way the landscape that you will see is really impressive (if you obviously love being surrounded by the ocean). A few steps away there is Castillo de Santa Catalina that we have mentioned above.
- Iglesia Mayor Prioral: from the appearance it might seem a little bleak but it is only synonymous of (gothic) art and a lot of history! The door used as an entrance is the one that has the name of “Puerto del Sol”, at the top of which there are several sculptures representing the Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity. Inside there are works of inestimable value, such as those that represent the patron saint of the city. In the Sanctuary chapel there is a beautiful silver altar. The church has been declared a cultural interest and is located at the Plaza España. The entry is free (yes you read well) there are no costs for visitors so you have no excuse!
- Museo de Cadiz: the museum is divided into three section: the first is dedicated to the Phoenician and Roman archaeological finds (Phoenician sarcophagi), the second to the fine arts, the third to the ethnography. The rooms of the museum cover an itinerary that goes from the Phoenician and Roman culture to the Spanish painting of the twentieth century.
- Yacimiento Arqueológico Gadir: this is a very interesting archaeological museum as it allows you to know the first population of merchant that used to live in Cadiz and the lifestyle of the Phoenicians. The interior is so fascinating and evocative thanks to the dark atmosphere revived by suffused colored lights. Interactivity is one of the strong points of the museum, in fact you will be welcomed by a nice introduction video.
- Museo de las Cortes de Cadiz: the museum is organized in three sections that explain the history of Cadiz and hosts objects from the 18th and 19th centuries such as weapons, documents, paintings; but there is a particular object that reigns supreme in the museum and it is a map of the city that dates back to the eighteenth century and shows streets and buildings in relief. The map is made of mahogany and ivory and is located in a special exhibition hall. So nice!
- Torre Tavira: this is the tallest tower in the city from which you will obviously be able to admire Cadiz at every single angle. The tower houses a museum where you will find the Camera Obscura a very special place. In fact it is composed of an optical system that reflects on a white circular screen the scenes that take place outside the structure in real time… wow! The tower also houses two exhibition halls that show through information panels the history of the city, its development (this is illustrated through images) and the birth of the tower; moreover it is possible to admire an original telescope.
- Casa del Almirante: it is a baroque style palace-house in the upper part composed of two sighting towers. The access to the main floor is through a monumental staircase, that will lead you to a series of rooms and finally straight into the beautiful patio. The particular thing is that several rooms saved their original structure. The palace is located in the Plaza de San Martín and has been declared heritage of cultural interest.
- Bodegas Gutiérrez Colosía: more than a museum, it is a wine cellar, perfect for those who love wine and love taste it or simply if yours is a food and wine tour. An opportunity and an experience to not be missed… Super recommended!
- Panteón de Marinos Ilustres: it is a neoclassical building, looking like an oriental structure and it is very beautiful, based mainly on the themes of Spanish marine history. It is an excellent and interesting visit, told through anecdotes and curiosities. The museum is located at the Población militar de San Carlos. It’s worth a visit!
- Two other areas to keep “under control” (now you will understand why) are: Baluarte de la Candelaria where not always (so inform yourself before to go there) are organized cultural events, representations, exhibitions and so on. Many Roman ruins, all to be explored, especially the evocative gallery under the stands. If you want to go there be careful to arrive in time because it doesn’t close late.
There are lots of theaters in the city, it is up to you to choose which one you prefer to visit: Gran Teatro Falla, Café Teatro Pay Pay, Teatro Del Titere, Aunt Norica, Cultural Sala Central Lechera, La Cava (flamenco theater). Hard the choice, isn’t it?
Museo de las Cortes de Cadiz
About the fun we only have to show more than to say, so let’s go straight to the point
- We start from the strong point of the city, which also grow the tourism, the beautiful beaches of Cadiz. There are so many and all so beautiful that it is impossible to choose so we leave the arduous sentence to you but giving you some ideas on the most famous and those that have impressed us the most: La Caleta (one of the most beautiful beaches), Playa de the Victoria, Playa de Valdelagrana, Playa de Camposoto, Playa de Santa María del Mar, Playa de La Cortadura, Playa de La Muralla, Playa de la Puntilla, Playa de La Calita (located near the Castillo de Santa Catalina). We warned you!
- Parque Genovés: it is the most important park in the city and is located in the historic center, not far from the sea, so you can see its wonderful beauty. It has undergone several transformations over time but if it is the result, we can say that they have been a blessing for this place. The park is well cared for and full of plants and trees (enough to be considered a botanical garden). However these are not the only things that populate the park but we can find waterfalls, ponds with geese and ducks, fountains, bars, sculptures… Perfect spot to explore, walk, play or relax. You just have to get lost in the wonders that the park offers.
- Parque Alameda Apodaca: it is a pleasant park where to spend hours of total relax (the ideal would be to do it in the shade of the many ficus trees present there. Ah!). To make the stay even more enjoyable there are the sculptures that you can admire and a flea market where you can browse (and why not) buy the proposed items on the stalls.
- Real Plaza de Toros de El Puerto de Santa María: it is an arena where is held the typical Spanish bullfighting. Well this is also part of the culture, as a historical monument and then it is of a such great vastness!
- To not be missed is the typical walk on the seafront of Cadiz, Paseo Canalejas, from which to admire a complete landscape of the city including the Castle of San Sebastian and Castle of Santa Catalina (and as you can guess the walk is located near the latter ones). During the summer evenings it is even better to observe the lively rhythms of the city. Perfect!
- The tour is really beautiful, let’s see in which streets we can venture: Plaza de Mina, is a nodal center, a square-shaped space surrounded by elegant buildings and on the side the gardens in exotic style. Plaza de España, in this large square, not far from the port of Cadiz, surrounded by palaces, stands the famous and the huge Monument to the Constitution of 1812; it is worth visiting this square to understand the importance and to know the history of Cadiz and something about the statue (it is not said that you learn everything by visiting only museums, but also on the way!). Plaza de Las Flores, in this square there is life, in fact it is famous for the colorful and warm atmosphere full of small bars and flower stalls (as the name suggests). The Mercado Central is not far away from the square. It is here that the famous and the so-called Carnival paradise is held. Barrio de la Viña, the old fishermen’s quarter of Cadiz is a charming place and considered by many to be the most beautiful district also due to the fact that it connects to many central points of the city.
- Going on you might bump into several city gates like: El Arco de la Rosa located near the cathedral of Cadiz, as the name suggests, this underpass is flanked by a pink building, perfect for photos of great effect eheh! Arco Del Populo, one of the three remaining gates of the walls of Cadiz. Puerta de Tierra, is a wide gate (former entry point of the city and it really really looks it!) or bettere they are two gates, separated by a beautiful tower and on the front a small garden. A significant point in the city that will separate the center with the modern part.
- For city tours we have: Cadizfornia Tours, Free Tour Cadiz Lalunares, Sights and Bikes Day Tour, Urban Bike Cadiz (unguided bike tour), Cadiz Surf Center (if you want to do some physical activity in the sea or to surf).
Barrio de la Viña
Cadiz offers a lot of fun, the nightlife of the city is very lively in winter and in summer where the night is spent mainly at the beach, on the seafront. In any case this is not the only place to spend the evening, we have many other nice little places full of young people and lots of fun: Populo district, historic center, Piazza di Mina, Punta di San Felipe.
For those who want to spend the evening in the bars, night clubs, discos you have such a wide choice:
- Kings & Queens Nightclub: nightclub.
- Sala Holiday: disco.
- Aki Te Quiero: nightclub.
- Muelle Uno Cafe & Bar: lounge bar.
- TOBBA Lights&Shadows: pub on the beach.
- Paseo Once: nightclub.
- El Teniente Seblon: tapas bar.
- Medussa Music Bar: bar with live music.
Tortillita de camarones
We visited the city, we had fun, relaxed… Now their time has come, that one of the typical dishes!
Being Cadiz right on the sea, it is not a surprise that an important part of the gastronomy of the city is based on the fish. It boasts an excellent culinary art so we can only expect the best from the dishes we are about to know.
- Calamaritos, choco, pescadilla, boquerones fritos: they are respectively portions of squid, cuttlefish, cod and anchovies that are fried and enjoyed together. You must absolutely try it as it is the main dish and known worldwide.
- Tortillita de camarones: a kind of shrimp omelette and to be more precise it is small fried tortillas made from wheat flour and chickpeas, onion, parsley and especially the main ingredient, shrimp.
- Papas con choco: a dish made with potatoes (another typical dish) and cuttlefish, all dipped in a delicious creamy sauce!
- Cortadillos de cadiz: traditional dessert made with flour, sugar, cinnamon and almonds.
- Pan de Cádiz: it is the famous rectangular-shaped marzipan, containing abundant and large pieces of cedar inside. If you love the cedar, attention it could become your favorite dessert!
- If you want to taste excellent wine, there is Jerez de la Fronteravino near Cadiz. We mention this city because first of all it is close to Cadiz and because it is famous for its sweet wines (and if you are wine lovers there is no better place than this) like: sherry, manzanilla and fino. These are excellent wines served during festivals, festivities and obviously in everyday life.
Pan de Cádiz
WHERE TO EAT (RESTAURANTS/CAFE’…)
Now let’s go to taste the typical dishes. Of course you need some good place to do it so here are some of them:
- El Lucero del Muelle: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options.
- Codigo de Barra: healthy, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options.
- La Taperia De Columela: Spanish, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options.
- El Garbanzo Negro: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options.
- Sopranis: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, healthy, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options
- La Atrevida: bar/pub with Mediterranean, European, Spanish and vegetarian cuisine.
- La Candela: Mediterranean, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options.
- Ultramar&Nos: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options.
- Arrebol: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options.
- A Plomo Cádiz: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, contemporary, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options.
- La Veganesa: Mediterranean, European, Spanish, vegetarian cuisine, vegan options, gluten-free menu options.
- dosbocados: Spanish, Mediterranean cuisine.
- Bar El Laurel: bar/pub with Mediterranean, European, Spanish and vegetarian cuisine.
- Freiduria Las Flores: Mediterranean, Spanish cuisine.
With the topic of food we close this trip to Cadiz, however we still have some Spanish cities to visit. Which iones? How many are there? Discover it with us in the next adventure.
Let us know your opinions about this place. If you liked it or not, if you’ve been there or you’re going to go there? What you liked the most or least? We’re curious to read your opinions.
A big kiss to everyone.
Below we will list the accommodations that you can find in Cadiz.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?iata=XRY&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodation in Jerez airport.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?city=-374884&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodation in the city.
http://www.booking.com/searchresults.html?landmark=13470&aid=960457&no_rooms=1&group_adults=1 – accommodation next Plaza de España.