Our destinations: Cadiz

Where is Cadiz?

Cadiz is for you if

You like to switch off and enjoy life at a slower pace from time to time.

Being able to walk to and from any point in the city with ease is your thing.

You enjoy cities that are both cozy and hospitable.

Fine weather and a marvellous climate with 300 days of sun per year are what motivate you

You would happily spend your entire life on a beach with sand, sun and sea if you could.

A good-humored and charming local city-wide culture appeals to you.

You can never say no to summer sports such as surfing and volleyball.

Following the 3,000 year old footsteps of ancient civilizations is something you find empowering – Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in Europe!

Centro MundoLengua’s “To Do” List in Cadiz

Marvel at the spectacular Atlantic sunsets down at Caleta. La Caleta beach holds a special place in the hearts of the local Gaditanos. It has been a popular filming location for many a Hollywood movie, most notably in the James Bond movie “Die Another Day”, and its most emblematic feature is its elegant, curved pier painted snow white that is elevated above the sand.

Climb to the top of the Tavira Tower and enjoy the finest 360 degree views of Cadiz – both inside and out. Since its construction in the 18th century, sentries of this tower controlled the maritime traffic to Spain from the Americas. The Tavira Tower features a moveable “hidden camera” that captures views of the entire city and projects them onto a giant dish located in a dark room – making it possible to explore the whole of the city without taking a single step! And after descending, why not conduct your own “tower tour” of the city’s numerous watchtowers from this era to get to know Cadiz in a completely unique way.

Discover your inner thalassophile on Cadiz’s urban beaches. That’s an official term for an ocean-lover by the way. The smallest is Santa María del Mar which happens to be the most popular beach for Cadiz’s surfers – especially when the surf is good. Victoria beach receives the highest amount of visitors and does a particularly good job of catering for the masses on a busy day, but if you prefer tranquillity, Cortadura Beach offers a more relaxed atmosphere. And just next to the Caleta Beach is a set of beaches that are marked out with blue flags that define their important role in regional environmental conversation.

Feast on crispy fried whitebait or creamy garlic mussels at a traditionaltrawlerman’stavern in the old town. Cadiz is famed for its proud maritime traditions, a fact that is most clearly visible in its cuisine. Pull up a seat at a small restaurant in the historic part of Cadiz and simply ask for their seafood dish of the day, be it fish, squid, octopus, mussels or prawns, before tucking into the freshest dishes of sublime seafood that was caught mere hours ago.

Get cultured at a live shown down at the FallaTheater. During carnival, the outgoing Gaditanos love to get up on this famed stage to sing their beloved “chirigota” songs, but for the rest of the year, the FallaTheater entertains Cadiz’s cultural classes with concerts, musicals and performances that are always worth a peek.

Live the unique experience of an open-air concert in a 400 year old fortification. The Santa Catalina Castle is a pentagonal fortification that juts out into the open ocean that was built in the late 16th century to defend the city from the British and Dutch navies. In our safer modern times, this extraordinary structure attracts more pop musicians, gospel choirs and flamenco superstars than it does pirates and buccaneers.

Bring 3,000 years of history to life at the Gadirarchelogical site. The Phoenicians were the first to realize the strategic value of the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula as they expanded their maritime empire. Much has changed in Cadiz between then and now, but many Phoenician artefacts and ruins that have been discovered at excavations allow modern visitors to appreciate the daily life in Western Europe’s oldest continuously-inhabited city around 3 millennia ago.

Admire the great variety of botanic life at the ParqueGenovés. In need of a relaxing walk among in the flora and fauna. Then the ParqueGenovés, withover 100 different species of treesand a gracious waterfall concealing a hidden cave, is the spot for you. Additionally Cadiz boasts the Alameda Apodaca gardens with its notable collection of glazed ceramics, Andalusian forgery and the giant Mora Trees; two impressive Ficus trees that are over 10 meters in circumference.

Attend a live contest in one of the city’s famous flamenco clubs.Spanish folklore cannot be fully understood without at least one visit to a live performance at a “peñaflamenca”. These small clubs maintained by their members keep the proudflamenco traditions alive in a modern, globalized world. Singing and dancing contests, lectures and even classes for beginners are what transform these pokey little venues into living, breathing sources of one of the world’s most popular folk music genres – and a definite must for any visitor to Cadiz.

Let the sea breeze caress your skin on a boatride across the bay. The temperate climate of Cadiz makes it easy to navigating its waters by boat in order to appreciate the city from a different angle. Or perhaps you could spend an afternoon sailing to some of the other small coastal towns nearby, such as Rota and El Puerto de Santa María.

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