Cádiz is a daytripper's paradise, because nearly everything of historic or cultural interest is within the city center. From the railroad station or cruise port, you can easily walk to sites such as Cádiz Cathedral (sometimes referred to as the "New Cathedral," to distinguish it from the old Cathedral, the Church of Santa Cruz.)
Allow time to enjoy views from the Cathedal's Cathedral Museum requires a separate fee.), where you ascend to the top via wide ramps that aren't nearly as claustrophobic as the fan-shaped steps in many cathedrals. (Admission to the Cathedral's interior and the
Nearby are the Tavira Tower, a remnant of the more than 160 towers that merchants once used to watch for arriving ships. You can climb to the top and visit the Camera Obscura, which offers a unique view of the city., which was discovered and excavated after a fire in 1980, and the Phoenecian and Roman Archæological Site at the . Another popular sight is
Other popular sights in the medieval center include the 17th Century Museum of Cádiz, the free Court Museum with its 18th Century model of Cádiz, and the Plaza de San Antonio (inset photo), which was the city's main square in the 1800s. The , or central market, is worth visiting if you enjoy shopping and don't mind crowds.or (which you can view from the outside), the
It's almost impossible to miss the castles and fortresses along the seawalls that protect the city center. One--the --has been turned into an exhibition space; it also offers nice views of the Playa de la Caleta beach (see photo and description below).
Another fortress, the, is at the end of a long spit just below the Caleta beach. You can't enter the fortress, but the walk out to the Castillo is pleasant with its views of the fortress, the coastline, and bathers or anglers on the rocks.
The, said to be one of the best beaches in Spain, is the modern resort district outside of the city center.
Fortunately, there's no need to walk or ride that far:(inset photo) is conveniently located next to the Castillo de Santa Catarina at the northwest corner of the city center. Admission to the beach is free.
For more information about the city's playas, see WhatCadiz.com's Beaches page.
Cádiz has a number of waterfront parks and promenades, some with cafés or restaurants. They're easy to find by walking along the oceanfront or by consulting the free city map from the Cádiz Tourist Office.
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