Welcome to the unsung city of Cadiz!
It was a cloudy yet still overly warm day on our road trip around Spain when we discovered the city of Cadiz.
While planning our trip, I did not plan on stopping in Cadiz, since I had never heard of it up to that point. But the city is beautiful.
If you’re looking to get away from the masses for a day or two, this is your perfect choice. I know I alway prefer your everyday places, where tourists aren’t taking over. Cadiz to me looks like a great place to live. It does not offer any grand names when it comes to architectural designs, but it’s always the overlooked places that surprise us in positive ways, right?
Anyway, we only spend one day there, just walking around and enjoying churros but it was definitely worth stopping, especially because it was so unexpected in the first place.
Location, Location, Location!
One of the reasons why you won’t find that many tourists in Cadiz, is the location. Located at the end of the peninsula, the city is simply overlooked by tourists planning their Spanish holidays.
After the very touristy places like Granada, or the crowded Marbella, Cadiz offers peaceful strolls around its back alleyways and gorgeous strolls through the plazas. Everything here is very relaxed and even the ‘gaditanos’ are known to be laid-back and not preoccupied with the touristy side of things. People here like to enjoy their every day and you should just relax and enjoy it with them.
For the most tourist-packed part of the city, you’d have to start your visit at la Plaza de San Juan de Dios. The Beautiful plaza is a great coffee break point, where you can refill your energy and continue on with your day. At the end of the plaza, you can see the Town Hall. This beautiful building works as a nice divider between the odl town and the Cadiz port. Take a sit in one of many cafes and observe the beautiful architecture.
When searching for the city centre just look for the cathedral!
The most majestic crowd stopper has got to be the Cathedral. We did not go inside, but if you are more into sacred monuments, you can visit the bell tower for only 5€ per person. The underground part is supposed to be really interesting, plus the views from the top are to most people well worth the climb.
“Cadiz stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay and is almost entirely surrounded by water. Named Gadir by the Phoenicians, who founded their trading post in 1100 BC, it was later controlled by the Carthaginians until it became a thriving Roman port. It sank into oblivion under the Visigoths and Moors but attained great splendour in the early 16th century as a launching point for the journey to the newly discovered lands of America. Cadiz was later raided by Sir Francis Drake, in the struggle to gain control of trade with the New World, and managed to withstand a siege by Napoleon’s army. In the early 19th century Cadiz became the bastion of Spain’s anti-monarchist, liberal movement, as a result of which the country’s first Constitution was declared here in 1812.” (Read more on the history by clicking HERE!)
Spain is colourful!
Wandering the streets you will soon discover the cute pastel facades that give this city an amazing backdrop. From the black and white tiles near Paseo Canalejas to the beautiful white washed buildings in the old town, Cadiz is picture perfect.
If you like gorgeous views and nice relaxing walks, you shouldn’t hesitate to stroll along Paseo Canalejas.
What better way to get to know the city than walking along the coastal part and enjoying the amazing views of the ocean. Paseo makes up for an amazing evening stroll for the romantics amongst us, but it’s also very appropriate for the sports enthusiasts – you can jog, skate, run… along with the coast.
If you’re walking along Paseo, you can’t miss the Park Genoves. This is the place where everyone comes to relax and enjoy its beauty. From black and white tiles to flower covered arches, this is the place to relax on a park bench or stop and take some beautiful photos. If you’re interested in plants, the botanic garden features various plants and trees from different continents.
If you have more time on your hands, you can also visit one of many beaches that surround the city of Cadiz. If you’re interested in finding out more, click here!
We stopped here and there along the way, but Cadiz remained impressed in my memory as a really lovely and pleasant city.
If you’re interested in more Postcards from Spain, click HERE for my Granda city guide or HERE to discover the less known town of Competa.