Cathedral, parks, beaches theatres, monuments and squares. Cádiz has a long history and a wealth of heritage and culture left behind by Phoenicians, Romans, Moorish conquerors and christians. This impressive coastal city houses some of the most impressive architecture in Spain and some of its best conserved ruins. Cádiz tends to be famous for its carnaval and its chirigotas, but there is lost more to it that you shouldn’t miss during your stay. Here are 10 things that you must not miss when you visit Cadiz.
What to see in Cádiz Capital?
Cádiz is a beautiful city situated in the south of Spain. It is known for its impressive beaches its vibrant night life and its rich history. There are so many things to see in Cádiz it can be difficult to know where to start. Here are some of the best things to see in Cádiz on a shoe string budget!
Cadiz cathedral is one of the most important religious buildings in Andalusia. It is located in the heart of the old town on one of the highest points above the sea. It was constructed between 1776 and 1802 in the Neo classical style. The cathedral has three naves and a cross. It is 115m long and 55m wide and the central nave being the higher than the side naves makes the ensemble look much bigger.
The façade of the cathedral is sober and simple in accordance with the neoclassical style. The only decoration are twelve columns that support the arcade. The interior of the cathedral is luminous thanks to its big windows. The decoration is quite simple with white walls of floors of marble. One of the most interesting parts of the cathedral is its museum which houses a collection of religious art from the XVI to the XIX centuries.
The beaches of Cadiz capital
The beaches of Cadiz capital are among the most beautiful in Spain. With cristal clear water, soft white sand they are perfect for spending a relaxing day next to the sea. There are lots of different beaches to choose between so that you can choose one that fits your particular needs whether that be sunbathing, swimming or just being in Cadiz. The most popular are the Caleta, Santa Maria and Victoria beaches.
They are all quite close to one another and therefore easy to visit on the same day. If its just for relaxing the Caleta is hard to beat especially for its spectacular sunsets!
Cádiz Museum is one of the most important museums in the country and showcases a great variety of art and religious artefacts from the region. The museum also hosts temporary exhibits of the course of the year. Visitors can explore the history and the culture of Cadiz through the museums exhibitions and collections. One of the most interesting features are a pair of Phoenician sarcophagi. One was found by a local archaeologist who insisted that there was another one, but the second was found after his death almost next door to his house when excavating an underground car park! There is also a gift shop 😉
This beautiful theatre is named after the famous composer Manuel de Falla and is one of the cultural highlights of the city. The theatre puts on a great variety of musical acts and plays during the whole year, and for sure something will tickle your pickle! Even if you are not a classical music fan it the theatre deserves a visit for its architecture if nothing else. During the lead up to Cadiz Carnaval the competition for the competitors of the carnaval categories fight it out to see who wins the prize. The theatre lends its name to the competition. It is an amazing way to experience the heart and soul of Cadiz Carnaval.
The Roman Theatre of Cádiz
The roman theatre of Cadiz is one of the best conserved roman amphitheatres in all of Spain. The theatre was constructed in the 1st century AD and has a capacity for 600 people. It was used for theatre music and dance up until the IV century AD. Today the amphitheatre is open to the public and is easy to visit by car or public transport.
The Genovés Park.
The Genoves Park is a botanical garden situated in the southeast of Spain in the Province of Cadiz….I suppose that’s why we are talking about it here…. this is doing my head in…. It says its one of the most visited parks in Spain…. perhaps if you are a cat. It covers 7 hectares…. sounds a little exaggerated but hey I am only translating this. There are ducks and if you look in the trees there are cats living there. It is a nice place to wander and get away from the bustle of the city, on the seaward side you can wander out onto the Santa Barbara sea walk, there is a skate park there and great views of the sea….. just around the corner is the Caleta beach. Why not stop for a G and T in the parador hotel just next door.
The monument to the Constitución de 1812
The monument to the constitution of 1812 is located in Cadiz Spain (rather than in London or Helsinki, quite a turn up for the books really). It was erected in 1912 to celebrate the centenary of the first constitution in 1812. The monument is made of marble and granite and is a whopping 24 m high. It is one of the most visited monuments in Cadiz. Surrounding it is the lovely plaza de España recently reformed and now a pedestrian space to wander and to chill out.
The neighbourhoods of la Viña y el Pópulo.
In Cadiz you can find these two popular tourist neighbourhoods: La Viña and El Pópulo. La Viña is located in the centre of Cadiz and is known for its lively atmosphere. Especially during the yearly Carnaval, this barrio hosts the Ostionada and Erizada festivals that kick off the Carnaval proper. In spite of being a centrally located neighbourhood its prices of its highly renowned bars shops and restaurants are reasonable. The people is the oldest neighbourhood in Cadiz and has a relaxed vibe, plenty of bars and restaurants a roman theatre and much more.
Santa Catalina Castle
Santa Catalina castle is one of the most popular turns destinations in Cadiz. The castle was built in 1492 and served to protect the city from invaders such as the English French and Dutch. The castle has been well conserved and restored to its forme state and is open to the public. There are usually different art exhibits from Picasso to more contemporary installations. In the summer there are concerts with intonational and world music acts. A local beer festival is also a highlight with music and good food. The castle has fantastic views across the Caleta beach and ove to the san Sebastian castle on the other side of the Caleta.
La torre Tavira and the cámara oscura.
The torre Tavira is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cadiz and truly UNMISSABLE! The views from the top of this tower are amazing you can see for miles! All the city is at your feet and you can really appreciate the light of this city, situated as it is on the Coast of Light.
With its situation at a crossroads of history culture and peoples Cadiz has something for everyone from its beautiful architecture and increadble local cuisine y there is so much to see and do in this Andalusian capita. If you are looking for an unforgettable deep Spanish experience then Visit Cadiz! We will be waiting for you at Hostal Casa Caracol