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Find information on Cadiz in our Travel Guide covering sights, foods and nightlife plus more...
Cadiz is the oldest city in Spain having roots that pre-date the Phoenicians. Lying to the west of the Costa del Sol on the Costa de la Luz, Cadiz is built on a peninsular making it appear to be almost an island. It is a beautiful city where the skyline has remained largely unchanged since medieval times. It boasts a number of large sandy beaches with a variety of water sports. Its range of accommodation caters for most budgets and its restaurants accommodate most tastes and pockets. Evening entertainment is lively without being raucous and there are a wide variety of shops.
A Cadiz holiday has something for everyone, from families to couples of all ages.
A Cadiz holiday offers days of long sunshine in a town of great architectural beauty and historical interest. It is ideal for those wishing to combine culture with a beach holiday as there are many fine beaches in the area.
A Cadiz holiday has widespread appeal. With its beautiful beaches offering safe bathing for families, water sports with varying degrees of excitement for the adults, magnificent golf courses, good shopping and a lively nightlife, it is really no surprise that Cadiz attracts so many visitors.
Although Cadiz is a year round holiday venue, the summer holiday period is probably the most popular time to go, with guaranteed sunshine and warm seas. Many choose a Cadiz holiday in order to escape the dreary British winter.
Cadiz, on the southern coast of Spain has had a long and turbulent history with many invasions and attacks throughout the centuries. Its strategic position made it an enviable target for predators as it was ideally placed for trade with the New World. Christopher Columbus made two of his voyages from this port. Cadiz is a very beautiful city with many fine churches including the Baroque Cathedral and the Santa Cruz Church, an impressive example of Gothic architecture.
Cadiz has a wide range of accommodation catering for most tastes and budgets, shops to satisfy even the most avaricious shopper and restaurants to gratify most palates.
Cadiz has a choice of beaches including La Victoria, the main city beach. It is a popular beach over three kilometres in length allowing safe bathing for families. La Caleta beach is close to the old town and is very picturesque. Cadiz is the area where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean and the conditions are often ideal for wind surfing and other water sports that require wind power.
A Cadiz holiday offers not only a wonderful Spanish beach holiday, but an interesting and vibrant city break.
Cadiz has a vibrant nightlife with many bars and clubs remaining open until the early hours of the morning. Cadiz also caters for those wishing to enjoy a more relaxing evening with its many restaurants in the old town and along the sea front.
Cadiz shopping includes covered markets and large shopping malls selling a wide range of goods. The tiny shops in the narrow streets of the old town delight shoppers with their range of often unusual goods. The Plaza San Juan de Dios and the winding streets radiating from it are filled with small shops and boutiques where holidaymakers enjoy browsing in their search for mementoes. The Central Market has a large flea market every Sunday.
Cadiz has a large number of restaurants reflecting the diverse influences on the town. Fish features prominently on menus with many sumptuous dishes waiting to be enjoyed. As well as those restaurants serving traditional food, there is wide provision of international cuisine. A good way to try Spanish food is to order a plate of tapas which consists of a medley of bite-sized dishes. Tapas are also ideal for filling the sometimes long gap between lunch and dinner, which is served later in Spain than at home.
Children are always made very welcome in Spanish restaurants and their tastes and portion sizes are usually accommodated.
Spanish wines are pleasant and inexpensive.