A day trip by train or cruise ship
ABOVE: A view of the Cathedral from the Campo
del Sur's pedestrian promenade. INSET BELOW: The city's location on the
Costa de la Luz,
a rooftop view of the historic center, and an antique street sign.
by Durant Imboden
travelers, Cádiz is a city with a
As the largest town on Spain's
Costa de la Luz
or "Coast of Light," Cádiz attracts crowds of Spanish, French, and German
holidaymakers who come for the beaches, hotels, and apartments on the
isthmus between the old town and the Spanish mainland.
As the oldest
continuously-inhabited city on the Iberian Peninsula, Cádiz has an historic
center that's jammed with medieval streets, churches, military
fortifications, merchants' towers, and even a Roman theatre that was
discovered in 1980 after a fire. (See Wikipedia's
article about Cádiz.) The
city center also has beaches and waterfront promenades, so you can put on
your flip-flops and head for the sea when you've had your fill of history
is a city where you could happily spend a week--or longer, if you're like the young
Australian musician I met on Oceania's
bought a house in Cádiz.
Still, by confining yourself to the city center, you can
sample the highlights of Cádiz in a less than a day--as I
did on my most recent visit, when I was in Seville with a handful of colleagues.
We made a spur-of-the-moment decision to hop on the regional train to Cádiz
with our Eurail passes (which would have
been InterRail passes if we'd been
residents of Europe). The trip took about 90 minutes in each direction.
In this article, I'll describe the highlights of a day trip to Cádiz
and tell how to reach the city by rail, by car, or from a cruise ship. I'll also
tell you where to obtain free tourist literature and where to find more
information on the Web. As a bonus, you can browse through a gallery of
captioned photos, which will give you a preview of what to expect during your
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