Cadiz is old. Actually it’s ancient! In fact, it’s the most ancient city in the Western world. Founded in 1100 BC by the Phoenicians, so taking a stroll around the streets really is like stepping back in time. From the seafront to its cathedral and local cuisine, this is an underrated city that frankly needs some attention. So, what are you waiting for, let’s give it that attention it deserves.
To the South is Gibraltar, the East major resort regions such as Malaga, so it’s not surprising that this Andalusian city is often overlooked. It’s only 14 km from Africa, has lovely beaches and sand dunes, is almost surrounded by water and has a diverse number of attractions and neighbourhoods to visit.
The question is, can you explore the city in a day? Will you be able to get the most out of this city if you are there for a short period? We at The Guidebook are going to answer those questions and more. Cadiz in a day? Let’s see.
Ah, it’s a new morning. The sun is shining and the thoughts of exploring and adventuring in a new town can only raise the spirits further. Have a hearty breakfast as you have a busy day ahead. Cadiz is waiting. Let’s spend the morning at some of the top attractions. Cadiz cathedral is well worth visiting, baroque and neoclassical in style.
Then it’s a stroll through the neighbourhoods. El Populo, the oldest in the city, is a fine choice. There are archways to walk under, and a Roman theatre to see. Stop at one of the plaza’s like Plaza de San Juan de Dios or Plaza San Martin. Near the Plaza de San Juan is Tavira Tower, all 173 steps up to, well, not quite a stairway to heaven, but a splendid view of the city at the very least.
It’ll be time for lunch, much needed too. The triangle Plaza de las Flores is a great place to grab a bite to eat. It’s a lively place with some cafes to test out. Enjoy a Cadiz churros, and the fish isn’t half bad here either! If the choices here don’t persuade you, then the nearby Central Market should offer something to tuck into.
If all that strolling is getting to hot for you, well there is always the option of a hop on bus tour. You’ll see all the major attractions mentioned, just that you have the bus to transport you around. Win/win.
How about an afternoon dip in the sea? Ok, maybe not straight after lunch, so go for a walk first. There’s the Santa Catalina Castle, the oldest fortress in Cadiz. You’ll get a superb view of the sea and the beach! Come on, the sea is calling. La Caleta beach is the city’s closet, and as good as any you’ll find along the coastline.
After your dip you’ll see another castle, San Sebastian, on the horizon. It stands on a tiny island, and with long breakwater, but very reachable. Then, as the afternoon draws to a close and the evening air cools, a final watch out at the Cadiz scenery as the sun goes down on the seafront promenade makes for the perfect ending to the day.
If you decide to hang around for dinner, then you’ve made an excellent decision. Try some of the local dishes, such as the fried fish called pescaito frito or the shrimp omelette. And head for a bar for a final salute to your day or there are even flamenco shows to enjoy. Rounding off a wonderful day.
Cadiz is a city full of secrets and treasures, as is the region of Andalusia. So, if you are in the region, the city they call Tacita de Plata (the little silver cup), is well worth at least a day of your time. It’s really more a city of gold rather than silver!