Cadiz Pictures, Spain

A little street doubling-up as a bar, leading to Alameda Apodaca coastal walk in Cadiz Centro, Andalusia, Spain

Cadiz Pictures: A little street doubling-up as a bar and leading to Alameda Apodaca coastal walk in el Centro, the old town.

Visit Cadiz

Parque Genoves, Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Parque Genoves.

Cadiz  is a little off Spain’s beaten tourist track and all the better for it, with less brain-dead, sand ‘n’ sangria tourism, less greedy overdevelopment, more cultural attractions, more fine old buildings, an excellent, easy-going lifestyle and amiable natives.

The first two pages show photos of the old town and the third page covers the beaches, including those in the new town though we don’t bother with new town architecture photos since it’s more or less style-free-forgettable.

Getting Around

This lively little peninsula city in west Andalusia is split into two parts, the ‘head’ end of the peninsula in the old town – and that’s where most travellers should stay, while beach freaks might want to be closer to the biggest stretch of sand, Playa de la Victoria, in the modern ‘body’.

Whichever, the #1 bus service running down through the city is very convenient, fast, cheap and frequent so getting from one place to the other fast and cheap is no hassle, during the daytime anyway.

Cars in the old town are a total nightmare as streets are tiny and parking is very restricted, so if you drive there ensure your hotel organises some kind of parking. See the Cadiz map.

For any reasonably fit visitor getting around the old town is an easy walk, e. g. about 20 minutes from the City Wall to Parque Genoves, so wheels will only be useful for excursions. The bus to Playa de la Victoria takes no more than 10 minutes and seems to run every 10 minutes during the day.

Cadiz History

The Cathedral, Catedral Nueva, Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

The 18thC Catedral Nueva, impressive size and yellow dome but less-than-gripping interior.
For spectacular fixtures and fittings try the bling of Oratorio de San Felipe Neri.

Cadiz was founded by the Phoenicians in 8th century BC and later developed as a naval base by the Romans but really hit the jackpot when Columbus stumbled across the Americas in 1492 and New World treasures began pouring back to Spain, especially from Mexico’s Aztec Empire to the nearest serious Spanish port, making this the country’s richest and most sophisticated city by the 18th century, with an unusually liberated middle class.

Adjacent to the Cathedral is the Museo de Cádiz, one of Andalucia’s best museums, including terrific Roman remains.

Plaza San Juan de Dios with the Ayuntamiento [Town Hall], Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Plaza San Juan de Dios with the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) as backdrop.

Alameda Apodaca walk, Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Alameda Apodaca.

Plaza de España, Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

Part of Plaza de España.

Old City Wall, Cadiz, Andalusia, Spain

The Old City Wall, separating the new from the old.

Cadiz 3-D Map, Andalusia, Spain

Cadiz Map

Getting to Cadiz

To Seville: 128 kms. By train or car/bus about 2 hours.
To Ronda: 147 kms. By car/bus about 2 hours.
To Tarifa: 106 kms. By car/bus about 1. 5 hours.
To Huelva: 214 kms. By car/bus just over 2 hours.