Hotels in Cádiz
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Once known as Gadir almost 3000 years ago, Cadiz as it is now known is the oldest city in Europe. The gateway to Europe and the passing of numerous civilisations and cultures has left its mark on this city.
The numerous palaces, churches, monuments and gardens are a direct reminder of the history of this city, these, along with the invasion of the romans on the Iberian peninsula, the discovery of America and the beginnings of the Spanish constitution are all reminders of what this city has been through.
Known as the “silver teacup” or little “Havana” by many, this historic centre is full of surprises which must be covered by foot if you are to enjoy what its’ little streets and enchanting square have in store. Make sure you climb to the top of the Genoves park to get the best views of the bay.
Playa de la Victoria or La Caleta are to name but a couple of the fantastic beaches in the city and whilst you are there make sure you try some of the local delicacies such as, tomato soup or tortillitas de camarones not to mention the excellent seafood dishes like tuna on offer. If its tapas your after then head to the Barrio de la Vina or the medieval centre of the city, Barrio del Populo.
Nightlife in the city is fantastic but make sure when visiting in summer you visit the more modern part of the city and if visiting in the winter months the old town is the place to be with its busy bars and pubs.
PUERTA DE LA TIERRA
With it’s marble walls, this military fortress, built in the 18th century seems more like a religious sanctimony that it does what it was built for. No one of the more significant emblems of the city the towers where later built to connect the telephonic transmissions of nearby Andalucia. Sitting today in the commonly known Puerta Tierra it still represents the dividing line between the old and the new.
CATEDRAL DE CADIZ
Taking more than one hundred years to build it is hardly surprising that this cathedral is home to an eclectic mix of architectural styles ranging from baroque to neo-classic. Situated in the Plaza d la Catedral it is visible from anywhere in the city and with this in mind once your in it, climbing the Torre de Poniente seems like the obvious thing to do if you want to get the best views and pictures of Cadiz. Along ith its gold dome and beautiful worship hall you can visit the crypts of Manuel de Falla and Jose Maria Peman.
- Plaza de la Catedral
- Opening times ; Cathedral Tuesday to Friday 1000 till 1300 and 1630 till 1900.
- Saturdays 1000 till 1300
- Visiting the Tower: 15th June till 15TH September, Monday to Sunday, 1000 till 2000.From 16th September till 14th June, 1000 till 1800.
- Closed 1st and 6th January and 25th December
- Admission fee: Cathedral 4€ 2.50€ discount. Tower 3.50€, 3€ discount
GRAN TEATRO FALLA
In the month of February the home to the castings for the famous Carnaval de Cadiz. This theatre built on top of what was the theatre of Cadiz still shows signs on the façade of the muslim influence on the city.
Plaza de Falla
MUSEO DE LAS CORTES DE CADIZ
With one hall dedicated entirely to the Constitution of 1812 here you can find a miniature construction of the entire city of Cadiz along with a painting depicting the writing of the constitution. Here you will also find archaeological pieces, ceramics and other artefacts from the 18th century.
- Address: Calle Santa Ines, 9
- Opening times: June to September, Tuesday till Friday 0900 till 1300 and 1700 till 1900. October to May 0900 till 1300 and 1600 till 1900. Saturday and Sunday 0900 till 1300.Closed Monday and bank holidays.
- Admission free
CASTILLO DE SAN SEBASTIAN
Scene of the movie Alatriste de Agustin Diaz Yanes, this lighthouse standing at 41 metres in height is found on the north flacks of Cadiz. Built on the Playa de la Caleta in the 18th century to defend Cadiz from any attacks from he north it traditionally was meant to be a temple.
PUERTO DE SANTAMARIA
Nearby Cadiz, this village could be your retreat from the city. It’s an interesting place where you still get the chance to bid for you food in the local market, which has to be said has some excellent products on offer. Visit the vineyards, enjoy the beaches or discover the house where Rafael Alberti once lived. Return by boat to Cadiz. But not just any boat, take the trip around the bay from El Puerto back to the city on a ship built in the fifties.
PARQUE NATURAL DE LA BAHIA DE CADIZ
From the island of Trocadero to the beautiful sand dunes marvel at the wonders on display in this rich natural park. Enjoy the views of the park where you can witness swans, ducks, flamingos and many other stunning creatures, wandering in the lush vegetation.