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10 must-sees and things to do in Cádiz

Excursion to Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera (1)

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Here you will find the 10 must-sees what to visit and what to do in Cadiz. A dream destination that combines both paradisiacal beaches and mountain villages worth visiting, such as the white villages of Cadiz.

What to visit and what to do in Cádiz

Here are 10 must-sees places you can't miss when you come to visit the province of Cadiz. There are undoubtedly many more things to visit and do in Cadiz, but these are the ones most recommended by its visitors.

Gran Teatro Falla

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Gran Teatro Falla of Cadiz

The Gran Teatro Falla is known for hostingthe famous Cadiz Carnival group competition and the Ibero-American Theatre Festival. But it also hosts different programmes of concerts, plays, musicals, dance, among many others.

Walk around the San Juan de Dios Square

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San Juan de Dios Square of Cadiz

This is the old Plaza Mayor of the city, also known as the La Corredera. In the San Juan de Dios Square You will find buildings such as the Town Hall, the church of San Juan de Dios and the Casa de los Pazos Miranda. Also of note is the monument to the Cadiz politician Segismundo Moret.

The Tower of Tavira

The Tower of Tavira is the tallest watchtower in the city, standing 33 metres high and 45 metres above sea level. Here you will find the best views of the whole of Cádiz. You can also enter the the Camera Obscura of the Tavira Tower, a unique experience.

Visit the Cathedral of Cadiz

Cadiz Cathedral
The Cathedral of Cadiz

The Cathedral of Cadiz, is better known to the people of Cadiz as the New CathedralIt was built on top of the old one in the 16th century. Its construction lasted more than 116 years, as there were numerous stops and different architectural styles, Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical, were produced.

It is one of the largest and most striking buildings in the whole city. Undoubtedly one of the must-see places to visit in this city.

Strolling around the Plaza de España

The España Square is one of the most emblematic squares in the capital of Cadiz. It is located near the port and in the centre you can see the monument commemorating the Constitution of 1812. Other constructions that we highlight are The House of the Five Towers y The Old Customs House. The latter is nowadays the palace of the Diputation.

Finally, we recommend you to visit the Museum of Cadiz, which is just a few steps away. Here you will find archaeological pieces and pictorial works of art from different periods.

La Caleta Beach

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La Caleta Beach

The La Caleta Beach is located in the historic centre of the city. It is one of the favourite beaches of foreigners, and one of the most famous in the province. Here you can find a very representative building of the city, the Nuestra Señora de la Palma y del Real Spa Resort.

Genovese Park

This is a historic garden located next to the sea in the historic centre of Cadiz. The Genovese Park The garden preserves interesting species of different origins, which transform it into a true Botanical Garden and houses a series of small monuments, the most outstanding being the famous Umbrella Children's fountain.

As a curious fact, this park often hosts open-air concerts and plays.

Promenade

The promenade of Cadiz is a very lively place that is more than 3 kilometres long. This is one of the most pleasant areas for walking. Especially in the evening, when the sky, the sea and the Atlantic and the urban profile of historic Cádiz are combined in truly striking shapes and colours.

Throughout most of the year (not only in summer), there are several beach bars from the Victoria beach. Some of the most recommended are Bebo los vientosMalibuPotito Beach o MarimBa.

Beyond the beach there are other interesting places to visit in this neighbourhood on the Ppromenade. For example, next to Cadiz's main thoroughfare (the Avenida) is the Ramón de Carranza stadiumThe Cádiz Club de Fútbol's triumphs have taken place here.

Populo neighbourhood

The oldest quarter of the capital, it preserves the three gates of the primitive medieval city: Populo Arch, of the Rose and of the Whites; as well as the Roman Theatre and the Church of Santa Cruz, the old Cathedral.

The Castles of Cadiz

In the province of Cadiz you will find the Santa Catalina Castle and the San Sebastián Castle.

The Castle of Santa Catalina, located in La Caleta, which juts out into the sea thanks to breakwaters. It was built at the end of the 16th century following the plans of the engineer Cristóbal de Rojas. This fortress has been transformed into a large multi-purpose cultural and leisure space, which includes temporary exhibition halls, educational workshops for students, art and craft workshops, and concerts and summer activities are organised in the Castello's Plaza de las Armas. 

The Castle of San Sebastián is located at one end of the beach of La Caleta, on a small islet. Inside is a Marine Research Laboratory of the University of Cadiz. Today it is used as an exhibition space in the internal casemates and as a venue for concerts and other recreational events outside.

Cadiz has many cities of tourist interest, among which we can highlight Tarifa, Conil de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Maria or Zahara de los Atunes. Also, very close to the centre of Cadiz you can find Jerez de la Frontera. The city is known for flamenco music and sherry making in the so called sherry triangle, not to be missed!

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