Cádiz

Europe’s Gate

Surrounded by huge sandy areas and marshlands, Cádiz was a key spot for trades and dealings with America, as well as a target of pirates and the birthplace for the first Spanish Constitution.

Plan your stay in Cádiz

There are tons of places to see and things to do in Cádiz, a city with numerous spots to wander through: fantastic sea views, magnificent architecture… You can spend two or more days just walking around enjoying the sites in Cádiz -apart from enjoying Cádiz’ wonderful beaches. We highly recommend going through the Bay of Cádiz Natural Park. Nearby, one can also visit San Fernando or El Puerto de Santa María by car, or heading north to Jerez de la Frontera or Chipiona. Gastronomy in Cádiz is also a must, which is why we offer you the necessary information to have a wonderful stay in this marvelous city.

Firstly, one needs to visit the fortress of the city. The old city can be accessed by Puertas de Tierra, built in the 18th century when Cádiz was one of the most thriving cities in the country. Nearby, you should not miss the San Sebastían Castle (both its bridges and moats).

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The Santa Catalina Castle was built after the British sacking in 1596 to fortify the region. One century later, Carlos II fostered the constructions of the chapel to substitute the former castle.

On the street Marqués del Real Tesoro, the Tavira Tower (18th century) stands out because of its magnificent palatial mansion of the Marquis and Marquise of Recaño. There, you can enjoy everything from the outside of the tower thanks to the installation of a Dark Room inside the building.

The Salazones Old Factory (1st century B.C.), in Sacramento Street, worked for at least half a millennium. There you can imagine how the working process operated at that time. From the same period, there is a Roman Theater located in an area known as El Pópulo. Finally, the deposit of the Bishop’s House, from the 16th century, was previously a temple where Roman established the bases of a primitive sanctuary from the Phoenician period in the 8th century B.C.

The Cádiz Museum is situated in the Mina Plaza: it is full of pieces from the ancient sites mentioned above. The contiguous Pinillos House made it possible to enlarge the museum.
The Santa Cruz Church was the cathedral of the city from the 8th century to 1838, when it was replaced by the nowadays big temple. There are just a few remnants from the old cathedral. We encourage you to enjoy its chapels from the 17th and the 18th centuries and the altarpiece. On the outside, you will love its bell tower.

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La Caleta Beach

The thriving economic situation of Cádiz in the 18th century, fostered by the House of Trade, led to the construction of Cádiz’ Cathedral outside the city (firstly built in a Rococó style that was changed to a Neoclassical style in 1853). Its interior holds the Major Chapel (in which the altar-tabernacle stands out) and the Asunción Chapel (which holds a beautiful altarpiece). The Cathedral museum mingles Gothic and Baroque styles in its construction. You can go up to the seventy-meter height Setting Tower (19th century) in order to enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

Cádiz has numerous chapels, churches and convents. We highlight: the Nuestra Señora del Pópulo Chapel (16th century), the Angustias Chapel (18th century), the Divina Pastoral Church (18th century), the San Antonio de Padua Church (12th-18th centuries), Santo Domingo Church (17th century), Santa María Convent (17th century) and Santa Cueva Chapel (18th century, where you can enjoy some Francisco de Goya’s works), and San Felipe Neri Chapel (17th-18th centuries, where you can enjoy a Murillo’s Immaculate Conception).

If you like history, do not forget to visit the Interpretation Center of the 1812’s Constitution and the Monument to the 1812’s Cádiz Cortes, to complement the information and materials already obtained from the Cádiz Cortes Museum, located in the same street and where you can learn about what the city was like in the 18th century.

Some other main sights in the city are the Old Royal Jail (18th century), the Women Hospital (18th century, the most interesting Baroque style building in Cádiz) and the viewpoints from the Cadenas Palace (17th century), the Almirante Palace (17th century), and the Aramburu Palace (18th century). Moreover, there are many themed museums (wine culture, tauromachy, etc.) that you can visit, as well as the Falla Big Theater (1884-1905) built in a Mudejar Style to commemorate the famous artist of Cádiz, Manuel de Falla.

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Practical data

Coordinates

36° 31′ 0″ N, 6° 17′ 0″ W

Distances

Sevilla 125 km, Madrid 651 km

Altitude

11 m

Inhabitants

123 948 (2012)

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