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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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Visiting Cadiz

About Cadiz

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.

Things to see in Cadiz, Andalusia

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:

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

Gadir Archeological Site Things to see in Cadiz, Andalusia
Gadir – one of the top things to see in Cadiz

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

The Roman Theatre  Things to see in Cadiz, Andalusia
The Roman Theatre – one of the top things to see in Cadiz

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

Gadir - one of the unique things to see in Cadiz
Gadir – one of the unique things to see in Cadiz

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

Paseo Canalejas Things to see in Cadiz, Andalusia
Paseo Canalejas – one of the romantic places in Cadiz

Paseo Canalejas is a nice oceanside promenade. It really feels like a perfect spot to experience the Romantic side of Spain: a promenade with ocean views, a refreshing breeze, and colorful sunsets…

5. The Castles of Santa Catalina and San Sebastian

Santa Catalina Castle Things to see in Cadiz, Andalusia
San Sebastian Castle Things to see in Cadiz, Andalusia
The views of Cadiz castles

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

views from The Tavira Tower Things to see in Cadiz, Andalusia
Views from Tavira Tower – one of the unique things to see in Cadiz

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

Plaza de las Flores Things to see in Cadiz, Andalusia
patio Things to see in Cadiz, Andalusia
Vibrant patios and plazas of Cadiz

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 Things to see in Cadiz, Andalusia
Cadiz Cathedral – one of the top landmarks in Cadiz

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

 La Caleta Beach  Things to see in Cadiz, Andalusia
La Caleta Beach – one of the must-stops in Cadiz

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

Gran Teatro Falla, Things to see in Cadiz, Andalusia
Gran Teatro Falla – one of the unique buildings to see in Cadiz

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:

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