Welcome to Cadiz
In this province famous for its history, artfulness, culture and, particularly, for its beaches, many guests decide to spend their holidays doing rural tourism in Cádiz. You cannot miss it if you're looking for a comfortable place to stay and want to visit the surroundings of this region.
You will see that its big natural reserves makes of this region a great destination for nature lovers. We're talking about the Sierra de Grazalema as well as the mountains of Alcornocales, or the mountains of el Estrecho.
Its gorgeous beaches will also give you the chance to sunbathe and take a dip in its warm waters. Near the shore, in the city of Cádiz, you will find the beautiful Santa Cruz cathedral. You shouldn't miss out on exploring some of the Pueblos Blancos that you will find in this province.
What to see in Cadiz?
Cádiz is a province found in southernmost region of the Iberian peninsula, so you can imagine the views from there.
It is also a region where most of its extension is made of shore, with 580 km of it and almost half of them bordering with the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic ocean. Its population is doubled in summer because of the geographical qualities that make of it an ideal location for surfing, and surf lovers.
It also has a great amount of beaches, which together with the distinctive white front of its towns, vast natural areas and rich, seafood-based gastronomy, make of this an ideal destination for your holidays.
What curiosities are there in Cadiz?
Its total area sums up more than 7.000 km, with 44 towns and villages scattered all over it. It has also been the home to many different cultures and communities throughout history, from its origin in the Phoenician communities who established themselves in the capital they called the Tacita de Plata (the Silver Cup), until nowadays, each leaving their legacy to us in this very special region.
It was also a key site for the conquest of America, as its harbours were the starting point of the Spanish, colonial enterprise to explore the New Continent.
It is one of Spain's most varied regions, where you will be able to engage in very different kinds of tourism, bringing together nature, history and, for the most adventurous ones, active tourism activities for you to enjoy, with some the most impressive views as your background.
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Where to stay in Cadiz?
Cádiz is a place of many contrasts: a region of grand beauty both in the seaside and in its inland small towns and villages, some of them being proud recipients of the Pueblo Bonito de España (Beautiful Spanish Town) label.
For this reason, we don't really care where you choose to go, because you will find beauty everywhere.
You need to take into account the time of the year you will be travelling, since the summer season is always in great demand and the most expensive one, specially if you prefer to stay in hotels and accommodation in the seafront, and more so if you'd like to stay near the beaches of El Palmar, Zahara de los Atunes or Tarifa, where you will always need to book in advance .
On the other hand, we also recommend you that you take the chance to stay in any of Cádiz's inland towns, such as Vejer de la Frontera, one of the most beautiful and charming of the whole province, that is a short car drive away from the main beaches.
If you want to check out the option of, or check another town/city, we have left a few options for you here.
What to do in Cadiz?
There's a great variety of activities you can do in this province. Regardless of the kind of tourism you want to do in Cádiz, you will find here many opportunities to make the most of your stay in these Andalusian lands, and to explore every inch of them.
Cádiz has, on the one hand, its natural side that you can't miss out on exploring, walking en route across the many natural reserves that you can find in this territory; But you can also enjoy of its more calming side by exploring the beaches in Tarifa, Barbate, Zahara de los Atunes, or Conil, which are the perfect place to relax and lie down while gazing at the sunset.
You can also visit some of the archaeological sites that are currently active, such as Baelo Claudia or Carteia, in Tarifa and San Roque respectively, where you will be able to have a look at some of the remnants of Ancient Rome.
Other 'musts' in this area are Cartuja de Jerez de la Frontera, or the cathedral in Cádiz and the exceptional views it provides the city with.
What to eat in Cadiz?
If there's one thing we can assure you will enjoy doing in Cádiz is eating. This region provides with a great variety of local products that make the menu on everyone's table in Cádiz, a daily gastronomically exquisite experience.
Due to its great location, one of the main courses on everyone's table is fish and seafood, the crown jewels of Cadiz's cuisine.
One of the most popular ones is the atún rojo (or red tuna) from Almadraba, one of the most valuable fish in this area, and you can eat it either raw, cooked, or preserved.
Another star product of this region are its wines and their many varieties such as soft, sherry, and sweet-smelling wine, that usually go with the local fish.
The great influence of the arab world in the region of Cádiz is also visible in its cuisine, more specifically in its desserts, which are the perfect end for such a varied meal. Do not to try the Medina Sidonia alfajores, the famous turrón, or the savoury pestiño, a fried, honey-coated, snack.
Where are the Cadiz festivities?
If you're looking for the best time of the year to visit and enjoy of what this region can offer, apart from the summer season, we recommend staying during February. At this time of the year, you will be able to sing along and join in the celebrations of the very popular chirigotas, a festivity considered of International Tourist Interest.
Something you can't miss either is taking a chance to engage in the activities that take place during the Easter festivities which, like the rest of Andalucía, are an essential part of its culture, and longtime tradition of religious devotion. Don't be surprised if you see in the midst of the solemn atmosphere of religious processions and the traditional saetas, or public prayers, in the streets of Cádiz if you're visiting during this time of the year.
The Feria del Caballo held each year in Jerez de la Frontera, is another local celebration you shouldn't miss, filled with music and a cheerful, entertaining, atmosphere that make it an unmissable date.
Last but not least, we also need to mention March 19, a day celebrated and commemorating the whole province.