Cadiz Holidays 2019 / 2020
Cadiz is one of the most beautiful and historically rich regions in Spain, made up of ornate mansions, picturesque churches, scenic plazas, and exciting streets to explore. Believed to be the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Europe, this ancient region is not only fascinating, but also has great weather!
Cadiz holidays transport you to a world of historic monuments and museums, gorgeous beaches, delicious cuisine, and warm, welcoming Mediterranean hospitality. There’s lots to see and do here, including Catedral de Cadiz, Castillo de San Sebastian, and the Torre Tavira, with great city views.
There’s never a bad time of year to enjoy a luxury self-catering escape, while Cadiz all inclusive holidays can see you staying in some of the most stunning all inclusive Spanish hotels. With temperatures reaching around 30 degrees in the summer, and staying pleasantly warm over winter, Cadiz can be enjoyed at any time.
There are lots of things to do in Cadiz, with many of the region’s top attractions focused on honouring and celebrating the rich history of the area, which boasts mazes of cobbled alleys and classic architecture.
- The Museo de Cadiz is the region’s most popular museum, featuring an entire floor dedicated to important archaeological discoveries made here, including Roman and Phoenician-era relics. There’s also a floor showcasing local artwork and masterpieces, as well as an entire section dedicated to puppets!
- Another fantastic attraction is the Catedral de Cadiz; a stunning cathedral that stands out for its vibrant yellow-tinted domes. It’s one of the region’s best examples of neoclassical-baroque style architecture, and if you head up to the Torre de Poniente watchtower, you’ll be rewarded with amazing city views.
- No holiday to Cadiz would be complete without a spot of flamenco dancing! Pena Flamenca la Perla is the best place to learn the art, with this charming little venue hosting dance sessions most Fridays at 10pm. It’s a great place, with a great atmosphere, giving you a true insight into Spanish tradition.
- If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Cadiz during Carnival in late February / early March, you’ll see a completely different side to this ancient region. This is when Cadiz really comes to life, with live music in the streets, dancing, and all sorts of food and drink. Carnival is a great time to visit.
You’ll find a lot of traditional food in Cadiz, and a holiday here is a great opportunity to sample some authentic Spanish flavours. With restaurants, cafes, and bars, you’ll have plenty of choice for eating out.
- Cadiz’s signature dishes are made from either fresh seafood or local meats, much of which is fried. Don’t miss out on trying the delicious (and pretty healthy!) sopa de pescado, or fish soup. And if you’re a big seafood lover, pescado a la sal, which is fish baked in a salt crust, is an absolutely incredible dish.
- Arguably the most popular dishes in the region, which you’ll find at some of the best restaurants in Cadiz, are cured meats including jamon and salchichon, and tortillas de camarones; fried prawn fritters which have an unusual (but delicious!) taste due to their part wheat flour, part chickpea flour batter.
- If you love tapas, you’ll love Cadiz. You’ll be truly spoilt for choice, with a huge number of tapas bars serving up all sorts of tasty small dishes for you to sample. Local favourites include fried fish (freidurias), chorizo, and boquerones (anchovies), although there are plenty of other veggie-based choices, too.
- As with the rest of Spain, there’s an incredible selection of wines and sherries to enjoy with your meal, too. The Cadiz wine region grows both red and white grape varieties, including Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Palomino, and is known for its Jerez de la Frontera sherry from the city of Jerez.
- For a truly memorable dining experience, why not book a table in one of the region’s atmospheric seafront restaurants? This is an incredible opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy the views over a delicious dinner, and it’s also a great way to make the most of the warm and balmy Cadiz evenings.
If you’re planning a family holiday to Cadiz, you can rest assured that you’ll never be short on options when it comes to finding the next fun thing to do. While Cadiz is ancient, it’s still incredibly lively!
- If your family aren’t keen on spending all their time at the beach, you could mix things up a bit by enjoying some lovely strolls along the seafront promenades just north of Plaza de Espana. Alameda de Apodaca is a great choice as it’s so stunning, lined with green palm trees and quaint old street lamps.
- For a day out at one of the prettiest parks in Cadiz, take a trip to Parque Genoves. This peaceful botanical park is situated right in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Cadiz city. While the shaped, manicured trees are a highlight, kids will also love the water features, playground, and cave trails!
- For a sight that really is like no other (and one that will really make your kids say ‘wow!’), visit the whitewashed hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera. You’ll enjoy incredible views over the strait of Gibraltar, and afterwards the whole family can rest and cool off at nearby Playa el Palmar beach.
- If your family is keen to set eyes on some of Cadiz’s best sights and attractions, but without walking for miles and miles, hop on an open top bus for a relaxing yet interesting tour around the city. Most tour buses stop at Genoves Park, the cathedral, and beaches including Playa Sevilla and Playa Caleta.
- For kids that really have a lot of energy to burn, and aren’t afraid to be adventurous, a day out at Entre Ramas is just what’s needed. This treetop adventure park is set amongst 18,000 square metres of pine forest and boasts a total of 58 obstacles for all the family, so mum and dad can get involved, too.
Cadiz history and culture is rich and colourful. Having been founded around 1104 BC by the Phoenicians, Cadiz is regarded by many as being the oldest constantly inhabited region still standing in Europe.
- Head to the Museum of Cadiz to discover incredible, fascinating local artefacts, fine arts, and learn more about the culture and history of the Cadiz region. The Museum was founded way back in the late 1800s, when a Phoenician sarcophagus was discovered lying beneath the shipyard in Cadiz City.
- As a recognised Spanish Property of Cultural Interest, or Bien de Interes Cultural, the Castle of Santa Catalina is well worth a visit if you’re interested in learning more about Cadiz culture. You can take a walk around the old walls, enjoy the views across the sea, and take a step down to the sands of Playa Caleta.
- The Roman Theatre in Cadiz is one of the region’s best preserved historic sites, with the partially excavated ruins being immediately identifiable as an ancient theatre. Another well preserved spot is the 17th century fortress Baluarte de la Candelaria. Originally part of the sea wall, it's now a concert venue.
Cadiz is home to some of the best beaches in Andalucia, surrounded by quaint coastal towns, hidden coves, and sandy bays. You can even book hotels in Cadiz on the beach, staying close to the action.
- One of the biggest beaches in Cadiz is Bolonia Beach, with nearly 4km of golden sands. Located close to Tarafia, Spain’s southernmost city, the idyllic, untamed beach is a haven for windsurfers, and is famous for its 30m tall sand dune, known as Duna de Bolonia, from where you can see Africa on a clear day.
- Zahara de los Atunes is another popular beach, with Los Alemanes Beach being incorporated into the area to form one giant beach paradise. Situated on the edge of a mountain, this is a top beach for watersports, with the levante wind blowing almost all the time for fantastic surfing conditions.
- For a more postcard-perfect beachfront, head to the manicured beaches of the Canos de Meca district, where you’ll find Cabo de Trafalgar and Faro de Trafalgar. Located in the Costa de la Luz — the coast of light — these beaches are beautiful, sunny havens of relaxation where you can simply chill and unwind.
Cadiz has a bustling, vibrant nightlife with street cafes, nightclubs, and plenty of traditional Spanish tapas bars, which all help to set the scene for some incredible fiestas with the friendly, welcoming locals.
- You’ll find some of the best bars in Cadiz concentrated around the region’s three liveliest areas. Plaza Mina and Calle de Manuel Rances are good choices for cosy bars and energetic nightclubs, while the Paseo Maritimo promenade is great in summer, with a huge variety of open air drinking establishments.
- Most nights out in Cadiz start at a tapas bar, with a selection of Andalucian meats and olives, washed down with a tasty glass of local wine or sherry. From here, you can take your pick of the city’s cafes, restaurants, bars, and clubs, or you could even choose to check out what’s on offer at your hotel bar.
- As there’s a large student population here (it’s home to the University of Cadiz), you’ll find that many of the trendy bars and clubs are open all year round, with very few venues closing for the ‘off season’. If you’re travelling to Cadiz at the cooler times of year, you’ll find it’s still a very lively area!
As one of the oldest regions in Europe, steeped in rich culture and heritage, Cadiz is the ideal setting for a romantic getaway with a loved one; it’s a place where every day feels like a new, exciting adventure.
- Many of the most romantic things to do in Cadiz simply involve strolling around the cities and towns, marvelling at the ancient architectural styles as you make your way to one of the area’s many beachfronts, where you can walk hand-in-hand while listening to the crashing waves of the sea.
- If you’re looking for some romantic sights and attractions to enjoy in Cadiz, think about strolling through the historic El Populo neighbourhood, visiting the partially-excavated Roman theatre, or sipping cocktails at one of Plaza de la Flores’ alfresco cafes, where you can sit and watch the world pass by.
- The stunning architecture and traditional Spanish way of life here makes Cadiz a great place to book your honeymoon, celebrate special anniversaries… or even pop the question! There are also some lovely, luxurious hotels in Cadiz that can really help to set the mood for your big romantic surprise.
People also ask
Is Cadiz the oldest city in Europe?
Cities in Greece and Bulgaria are understood to be slightly older than Cadiz, with Bulgaria’s Plovdiv dating from the 4th century BC. However, it’s believed that Cadiz is the oldest city to be constantly inhabited.
Which sea is Cadiz on?
As the Cadiz region juts out from mainland Spain, it actually overlooks 3 distinct bodies of water. These are the Gulf of Cadiz to the west, the Strait of Gibraltar to the south, and the Alboran Sea to the east.
Where do you fly to get to Cadiz?
Direct flights from the UK go to Jerez Airport, in Cadiz Province, which is about 30 minutes from the city. Alternative options are Seville Airport (around 1 hour away) and Malaga Airport (around 2.5 hours away).