Top 10s - Cadiz

The golden dome of Cadiz cathedral shimmers in the Andalucian sun. © Michelle Chaplow .
The golden dome of Cadiz cathedral shimmers in the Andalucian sun.

Cadiz - TOP 10

Cadiz is one of Andalucia’s most vibrant yet underrated cities. With a rich history going back millennia, and a charming almost-island old centre, originally fortified, the city is much less touristy than other regional capitals, with wonderful beaches and seafood.

1. Castillo San Sebastian

This magnificent, historic fortress, linked to the sea by a tidal causeway, featured in the James Bond film Die Another Day.More>

2. Gran Teatro Falla

Cadiz’s main theatre, a Mudejar-style building, is named after local musical genius, friend of Gabriel Garcia Lorca, and contemporary of Ravel and Debussy, Manuel de Falla. More >

3. The Cathedral

The 18th-century baroque building is is one of the city’s best-known monuments. More>

4. Playa La Caleta

This small, pretty beach is located between Castillo San Sebastian and Castillo de Santa Catalina. More>

5. Market

Cadiz – both the city and the province - is well known for its fabulous fish and seafood. And where better to buy than in the market itself? More>

6. El Faro restaurant

Near La Caleta beach, this celebrated fish restaurant has been serving up locally-caught seafood for decades.  More>

7. Parador Atlantico

If you’re a fan of contemporary architecture, this is the vanguard of modern design.  More>

8. Archaeology and Fine Arts Museum

Mythical cities and people are said to have existed in this area for millennia: the Tartessians, and the Lost City of Atlantis. More>

9. Torre Tavira

Historic 18th-century watchtower, offering spectacular views of the city and a camera oscura with presentation, offering a complete 360-degree tour. More>

10. El Puerto de Santa Maria

OK, so it’s not in the city, but it’s only a short boat ride away, across the bay. A pretty seaside town where sherry is made – one of the towns in the “Sherry Triangle”. More>

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