Cadiz – visiting one of Europe’s oldest cities
Spain is famous for its several crowded metropolises and many seaside resorts. Amidst the flurry of more popular destinations on the Iberian Peninsula, Cadiz remains a tad in the shadows. In our opinion – quite wrongly. If knowledge of the city’s long and lush history were more widespread, many travellers would include Cadiz – a city set picturesquely on the Atlantic Ocean – in their plans.
Cadiz – a walk in the footsteps of the greatest local attractions
One of the city’s symbols is the Church of the Holy Cross, located in the city centre. Although the building in its current form was only completed in the 19th century, the history of the site goes back much further – it was built on the site of a former mosque. Another gem of local sacred architecture is the monumental Cathedral. The construction of this church took more than 100 years. Its baroque-neoclassical structure has become one of the city’s most recognisable buildings. The Church of La Palma, famous for its white facade, is also an important landmark and worth visiting during your stay in Cadiz.
Walking around the city, you will also have the opportunity to interact with cultural heritage that is more than 2,000 years old. One example is the Teatro Romano, an ancient theatre built by the Romans. In the entire ancient world, there were not many buildings of similar use that could compare with it. Interestingly, the ruins were discovered only in 1980.
Cadiz is not only about monumental monuments, but also about the unique atmosphere that fills the historic city centre. A must-see is the district of El Pópulo, with its preserved mediaeval urban layout. After an unhurried stroll through its narrow streets, it is worth heading to the Campo del Sur promenade. From there you can admire the picturesque houses on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other. If you want to stock up on local produce and sample local specialities, tapas and seafood, at the Mercado Central de Abastos you will find everything your heart desires. After sightseeing, there must also be a bit of time for blissful relaxation. For this, La Caleta beach is perfect. The picturesque setting makes it popular with tourists and locals alike.
Free Walking Tour – Cadiz with Walkative guides!
If you are going on holiday to Andalucia, reserve at least one day to explore Cadiz. Instead of exploring it on your own, take advantage of Walkative’s support! We organise exciting and interesting tours with local guides ideal for individual tourists and small groups. A free tour with an experienced guide will get you acquainted with the city and its rich history. What’s more, the cost of this type of tour is not fixed in advance. It is up to you to price our work as you see fit!