One of the most beautiful cities in Andalusia, bathed by the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and with a lot of history in its streets. In this article we tell you the best things to do in Cádiz in 1 or 2 days.
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The best things to do in Cádiz
The situation of Cádiz is unusual in that it is an extension of land joined to the peninsula by an isthmus, surrounded by water. In addition, close to the city there are many things to do such as a day trip to Tarifa.
1) San Juan de Dios Square
One of the main attractions to do in Cádiz is the main square, surrounded by beautiful historic buildings such as the Town Hall, the church of San Juan de Dios and the Casa de los Pazos Miranda, and a large number of bars and restaurants where you can have a drink. In the centre of the square stands the figure of the Cadiz politician Segismundo Moret. All this is complemented by the beautiful fountains and palm trees, which give the square a special colour.
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2) Things to do in Cádiz in one or two days, La Caleta beach
Located between the castles of Santa Catalina and San Sebastián, it is one of the most popular beaches in the city and the closest to the historic centre. It has a large sandy area and the sea on this beach is calm, ideal for swimming.
La Caleta beach is famous for its sunsets, a spectacle that must be seen in Cádiz.
3) San Sebastian Castle
The castle of San Sebastián, located at one end of La Caleta beach, was originally a Venetian chapel from the mid-15th century. The castle was built later, at the beginning of the 18th century, as a defensive fortification.
The castle is currently linked to the coast by a seawall, although it is closed to visitors due to building work. In recent years, exhibitions and concerts have been held there.
4) Santa Catalina Castle
Sent to be built as a defensive fortification by King Felipe II at the end of the 16th century, the castle is in very good condition. It is accessed via a bridge to the parade ground, and inside there are now exhibition rooms and art workshops. From the castle there are very good views of the beach of La Caleta.
5) Genovés Garden, one of the attractions to visit in Cádiz
The Parque Genovés is a large green space within the historic centre, with a large number and variety of plants, which makes it a real botanical garden.
It’s a great place to escape the heat if you’re in the middle of summer, or to take a break from the city centre. In addition to a large number of plants, there are monuments and the famous Grotto, a small lake with a waterfall. For all these reasons, for us it is a must-see in Cádiz.
6) Cádiz Cathedral
Built during the 18th century in baroque and neoclassical style, it has a cross shape and an imposing façade flanked by two towers. The particularity is that the Cathedral is visible from the entire avenue Campos del Sur.
Right next to the Cathedral is the Mirador between Cathedrals, located between the New Cathedral and the Old Cathedral. It is a large terrace with free access, from where you can enjoy breathtaking sea views.
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7) Alameda Apodaca, a things to do in Cádiz
This beautiful seaside promenade is located on the city walls, overlooking El Puerto de Santa María. Ideal for relaxing and watching the sea, it has rooms decorated with Sevillian ceramics.
8) Streets and squares in the historic centre of Cádiz
We return to the historic centre at Punta Candelaria, making a tour of its many mythical squares: Plaza de Mina, Plaza de las Flores, Plaza de la Catedral, among others.
The squares are ideal for stopping for a drink, and there are plenty of little bars that are packed with people.
9) Stroll along Campo del Sur Avenue, by the sea.
Cadiz is known as La Habana Vieja (Old Havana), because of its resemblance to the Malecón in Havana. Along this avenue, the scenery is breathtaking with the Cathedral as a backdrop.
10) Things to do in Cádiz, the Tavira Tower
The Tavira Tower is the tallest of all the towers in Cádiz, with a height of 45 metres. For many years, it was the watchtower of the port. Today, it houses the Camera Obscura and two exhibition halls. In addition, due to its height and location, it offers beautiful views of the entire historic centre of Cádiz.
11) Gadir Archaeological Site
The site of Gadir is one of the oldest Phoenician settlements in the west. A tour of the interior reveals the layout of the ancient streets, dwellings and artefacts from the 9th century BC.
The ancient buildings were made of mud and clay, and the most striking feature is the figure of a Phoenician who died in a fire in the 6th century BC.
Access to the site is free of charge.
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12) Victoria Beach
At the height of the station Segunda Aguada de Cercanías, you will find the Victoria beach, a huge sandy beach where you can sunbathe peacefully. The day we visited there was an impressive haze.
After a few hours the mist cleared, the beach returned to normal and we continued to enjoy the sun and water like children.
📷 If you want to get to know the surroundings, we recommend these excursions to do from Cádiz: excursion to Jerez de la Frontera, excursion to the white villages of Cádiz, excursion to Setenil de las Bodegas and Olvera.
Practical information for your trip to Cádiz
How to get from Jerez de la Frontera to Cádiz?
You can go by bus or train, both stations in Jerez are next to each other. The bus costs €3.75 for a single ticket. We went by Cercanías train, because they have 10-ticket tickets that were cheaper than the bus. We paid for the 10 tickets 28,40 €. Timetables depart every h:00 and h:30 and it takes about 45 minutes to the last station.
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Where to stay in Cádiz?
There are many options for accommodation in Cádiz. It is clear that it is best to sleep in the historic centre, within walking distance of the places to see in Cádiz and the beach.
Below we recommend three places to stay in Cádiz:
- Hotel Patagonia Sur: 200 metres from the Cathedral, it offers a buffet breakfast, comfortable rooms and very good value for money.
- Hotel Casa de las Cuatro Torres: near the Alameda Apodaca occupies a historic building. The elegant details of furniture and decoration in the common areas as well as in the rooms and its excellent breakfast, make it an unbeatable option.
- Hostal Fantoni: is housed in an 18th century building and is one of the cheapest options for accommodation in the city centre. The rooms are small but clean.
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