Cádiz: Essential Guide

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The cathedral of Cádiz, Spain
The cathedral of Cadiz, Spain - © FCG - Fotolia.com

Cádiz: guide with the most important things to see, the best beaches and activities to do.

Cádiz is a city that contains many charms all around, as it has a beautiful tourist center and also, with beaches and small mountain ranges that make this place one of the most beautiful we can have in the Andalusian community. To make matters worse, Cádiz can boast of being the oldest population in Europe.

According to legend, the founder of the same was Hercules, but the story ends up recording it in the Phoenician era in the year 1100 a. C. It was occupied successively by Carthaginians, Romans and Arabs until the city ended up prospering after the Reconquest, since the foreign trade that it had came from the American continent and in subsequent centuries, due to the good commercial activity that settled it.

How can I get to Cádiz?

The route to get to Cádiz depends a lot on the place where we are. But we will always have different ways to get to the province that come to be the same as always: by car, bus and train. When we go by car we can do it on our own and when we go on the bus or the train we have different itineraries to choose the hours that best suit us to go on a trip.// //

What can we see in Cádiz?

When we go to Cádiz, it is very important that we take a tour of its maritime promenades, since it is one of the great beauties of the Cádiz terrain. Throughout the city we find squares, gardens and shopping streets that are full of important things that we have to see in the place.

Arcos de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain
Arcos de la Frontera, Cadiz, Spain - © Naj - Fotolia.com

La Cathedral of Cadiz: Without a doubt, one of the most important buildings in the city is its cathedral. Like any city that boasts the cathedral, it is one of the most important and important monuments we can have. In the case of the cathedral of Cádiz it is called as New Cathedral because it was built on top of the previous one that was terminally demolished and became a site.

The Cathedral of Cádiz is a baroque and neoclassical temple with a golden dome and is considered one of the most important in Spain. The carved seating comes from a Carthusian monastery. In the crypt we find the tomb of the Cádiz-born composer Manuel de Falla, which is a great artistic representation of the city.

El Cadiz Museum: Another of the great details of a city are its museums and in the case of Cádiz, we can find a museum with the same name of the province. On the ground floor of this great museum there are archaeological remains that dictate the history of Cádiz, among them we can find Phoenician sarcophagi and statues representing Roman emperors, and when climbing the stairs we can see works by painters such as Rubens, Zurbarán and Murillo and also paintings by contemporary Spanish artists. On the third floor we can see the collection of puppets known as "La Tía Nórica" ​​which is a character of a popular theater in the province of Cádiz since the beginning of the 19th century.

The city of Cádiz also has many other shopping areas where we can buy souvenirs and enjoy all the bars and restaurants we have in the vicinity.

The surroundings of Cádiz

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We also have natural spaces and very beautiful places like complete gardens that we can visit throughout the entire city. On the other hand, in the surroundings near the province we have beautiful villages that we can also visit and enjoy.

One of the external places of the province of Cádiz is the well-known Arcos de la Frontera, which is located close to the course of the Guadalete River, a route that will undoubtedly be enjoyed by the traveler who undertakes to know it.

Arcos de la Frontera It was founded by the Iberians and the Romans called it Arcobriga. Arcos is undoubtedly an archetype of white villages, with an old town that leads to a huge and very beautiful castle.

In the Plaza de España we can have all the beautiful views especially, if we approach the parador and the church of Santa María de la Asunción, a Gothic Mudejar building that stands out for the main altar and the ashlar that the choir represents.

Leaving Arcos de la Frontera a little behind and focusing on everything we can enjoy in Cádiz, something very characteristic of the city is precisely one of the most important festivals in the city; the carnivals.

The carnivals of Cádiz are characterized by being the biggest celebration we know in the city. Every street is filled with people in disguise, people who want to party in fact, go groups from all over the world attracted by what the Carnival of Cadiz offers us. If you like people and the party without a doubt, it is something that you have to know.

The city of Cádiz offers us all kinds of opportunities and varieties to enjoy an incredible stay. In addition, you have many organized routes where you can get to know the city from within, with everything that is from the beginning and valuing every detail of it. .

In summer you also have part of the coast so in addition to having a great tourist center to discover you can also know the beaches that surround it and the atmosphere that the Cadiz has on the coast. In summer everything is sun and fun so you can enjoy this city to the fullest.

What are the best beaches in Cádiz?

The beach of Bolonia de Cádiz, Spain
The beach of Bolonia de Cádiz, Spain - © Zai Aragon - Fotolia.com

As we have said in summer, one of the biggest attractions of Cádiz is its beaches. The beaches of Cádiz stand out for the quality of its sands and for being relatively warm and very complete. Next we want to make a small tour of some of the best beaches in Cádiz.

Beach of Zahara de los Atunes: This beach is one of the most famous on the coast of Cadiz. It also has fabulous waters and very fine sand. To make matters worse, the waves are very small and therefore, we can go with the children so that they can play in the surroundings.

Beach of Bologna: undoubtedly one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast of Cádiz is this beach in Bologna. The sands on this side of the coast are impressive, as they are fine and very beautiful on the other hand, the whole beach is surrounded by giant dunes where you can sunbathe for hours. If you want to know spectacular beaches without a doubt, this is one of them.