Let me share the top things to see in Cadiz, a beautiful town in Southern Spain that has managed to surprise me the most during my Andalusia road trip.
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Cadiz is one of the top places to visit in the Spanish region of Andalusia, no wonder it was one of the highlights of my Southern Spain road trip.
While it is true that with neighbors like Granada, or Seville most people simply don´t have time to consider visiting other gems of Southern Spain, we often end up enjoying less touristy places the most. Cadiz is still one of the most underrated cities in Spain, but it simply belongs on every Spain Bucket List.
The Spanish feel of Cadiz
Unlike many other cities in Southern spain that start turning quite international, Cadiz still feels very “Spanish”. Here, aside from the ocean, you could get some unique insights into our history: in between tiny cobbled streets of Cadiz, you could find traces of different epochs and civilizations – from Phoenicians, Romans, and Moorish, to Christopher Columbus (who sailed from Cadiz on his second and fourth journeys to America) and the inaction of Spanish Liberal Constitution in 1812.
Cadiz is a cornucopia of history, therefore there are lots of unique Spanish landmarks to see in Cadiz.
Cadiz is definitely one of the most underrated Spanish cities I’ve ever been to. My initial plan was to spend a lazy day in Cadiz while enjoying its coast. But after a visit to the Tourist office, I ended up running across the city with an intense sightseeing plan. Therefore, the city of Cadiz is one of the most unique stops on every Spain road trip.
Unique Cadiz tours:
If you are short on time, consider booking one of the top-rated Cadiz tours to make the most of your visit to the city:
- Cadiz Medieval Tour (Check availability)
- Cadiz 3-Hour Tapas Tour (Check availability)
- Cádiz Guided Bike Tour (Check availability)
- Cadiz 1.5-Hour Beach and Photo Tour by Segway (Check availability)
- Cadiz Guided City Tour (Check availability)
- Cadiz To Indies Route and Tavira Tower (Check availability)
Also, Cadiz is a great starting point to explore the Columbus-related sites in Spain.
Top things to see in Cadiz
1. Gadir Archeological Site
Phoenician settlement of Gadir is one of Europe’s oldest inhabited cities.
I bet you had no idea about this – neither did I. This 3000-year-old site contains some archaeological remains of Phoenician village (and even some skeletons) with glass-bottomed floors to see the exhibits.
The entrance is free, but the visiting hours are limited (you need to book in advance). The site is quite small, but a visit starts with an interesting audio-visual presentation depicting the main historical highlights and is followed by a tour of the excavated ruins. Afterward, you could wander around while using the interactive screens for more information: the official guide was also there to answer any questions.
2. The Roman Theatre
I feel like the Roman Empire is lately catching up with me no matter where I travel in Spain. The Iberian Peninsula is full of impressive Roman Ruins to visit at least once in a lifetime.
Just take my recent Millenary Olive trees hike and who brought the trees to Spain? – The Romans. A city escape to Tarragona and I discover the impressive Roman Theatre and Circus. A beach getaway in Cyprus and I came across the Roman Mosaics in Kato Paphos. Actually, it´s impressive how long it´s been since Roman times and how many of these unique historic sites can still be found across the globe.
Well, Cadiz was no exception: I really enjoyed visiting its Roman Theatre.
3. Parque Genoves
Parque Genoves is a beautiful place to relax in one of the local cafes. Fountains, birds, exotic trees and flowers… It is one of the top things to see in Cadiz.
4. Paseo Canalejas
5. The Castles of Santa Catalina and San Sebastian
Aside from their historic significance and free expositions, both Santa Catalina and San Sebastian Castles provide some great views of the city of Cadiz.
6. The Tavira Tower/ Camara Obscura
The Tavira Tower is one of the top things to see in Cadiz thanks to its Camera Obscura (it projects a moving, live image of what is happening at that very moment outside the tower and is based on a simple optical principle from the times of Leonardo da Vinci).
However, in my case, The Tavira Tower was just a stop for the city views: once I got to the site I discovered that all the visits to the “Camera Obscura” had been already booked for the whole day. If visiting Cadiz – book your visit to The Tavira Tower in advance.
7. Plaza de las Flores & City Center
One of the top things to see in Cadiz is its city center, with Plaza de las Flores Square being the vibrant heart of the town.
8. Cadiz Cathedral
Cadiz Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church built between 1722 and 1838. Like the Tavira Tower, it also offers some great panoramic views of the city.
9. La Caleta Beach
Cadiz is famous for some of the most amazing white-sand beaches in spain. Make sure not to miss La Caleta Beach, located close to the city center. If you have more than one day in Cadiz, take a day trip to Tarifa, one of my favorite places in Spain.
10. Gran Teatro Falla
Built in 1884, the theater Gran Teatro Falla is an impressive example of the Neo-Mudéjar style, which I first discovered during my visit to Teruel.
Cadiz Day Trips
The city of Cadiz is also known for some of the most unique day trips in the Andalusia region:
- Jerez Carthusian Horses Tour (Check availability)
- From Cádiz Private Day Trip to Gibraltar and Bolonia (Check availability)
- Private Day Trip from Cadiz to Vejer de la Frontera & Bolonia (Check availability)
- The White Towns of Andalusia Private Day Trip from Cadiz (Check availability)
- Cadiz La Janda 4×4 Birdwatching Tour with Transfer (Check availability)
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