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Cádiz

Cádiz

Reviews of the prestigious hotels of Cadiz. The city of Cadiz is an amazing place to explore on foot. Situated at the end of a peninsula, Cadiz is surprisingly compact and easy to navigate, even for the most timid of visitors. Its cathedral, its ancient walls, its old fortifications, and its narrow streets all work to invite the visitor into the city's heart and engulf them in the soul of the place.

The city of Cadiz is an amazing place to explore on foot. Situated at the end of a peninsula, Cadiz is surprisingly compact and easy to navigate, even for the most timid of visitors. Its cathedral, its ancient walls, its old fortifications, and its narrow streets all work to invite the visitor into the city's heart and engulf them in the soul of the place.

Cadiz train station is located off Plaza de Sevilla on the eastern or bay side of the city near the port. The old station building is located behind the Aduana (customs) building and the trains depart from the new station building with is behind the old.

Museums in Cádiz City: Museo Catedralicio, Museo de Cádiz, Museo Histórico Municipal, Museo Marítimo.

Below is a selection of excursions from Cadiz city to locations outside the city of Cadiz. If you are interested in local guided tours of the city of Cadiz itself they are found on our Cadiz tour page.

Here is a list of city tours that you can do in Cadiz.. If you are interested in a day trip or an excursions from Cadiz city to Seville or Jerez or villages in the countryside If you are interested they are found on our Cadiz excursions page.

Cadiz is a small city, interestingly located on a peninsula meaning it is surrounded by beautiful beaches and sea. Cadiz offers many of the thrills found in a city from modern bars and restaurants to suave bars and historic monuments but is also set in an idilic coastal surrounding.

Its tall, light atrium has a bold red reception area, avant-garde amorphous furniture, and pointed teardrop-shaped floor lamps. The 96 guest rooms with sea views, furnished in a sleek, nautical, contemporary style in shades of neutral beige, crisp white and navy blue. Each room has a minibar and small safe; interconnecting rooms for those travelling with children are available.
This small, friendly hotel in traditional building has just 12 rooms, decorated each themed around an aspect of Cadiz’s history – people, books and paintings. Rooms, decorated in clean, modern style with wooden floors, offer satellite TV, safe and minibar; some have balconies with French windows – try and get one with a cathedral view.
This hotel has a bright and cheery patio, in traditional Andalucian style, complete with colourful tiles, green plants and a fountain. Rooms, some of which are apartments, are decorated in warm colours, with a 32”LCD TV and tea and coffee tray (junior suites have espresso machines). Interior rooms look onto the patio.
Located in the new part of the city, this hotel in a classic-modern style is a short walk from the old town. It is very near Santa Maria del Mar beach, and you can find many shops close by. Spacious rooms are simply but stylishly furnished, with wood floors, and tea and coffee-making facilities, plus a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and choice of pillows. Note that rooms at the back of the hotel are quieter, although with no view; second-floor rooms have been refurbished.
Arranged in typical Andalucian style around a central arcaded patio, with delightful map of the city painted onto tiles in the entrance, this charming 19th-century hotel is themed around Spain’s first-ever constitution, La Pepa, which was drawn up in Las Cortes (the Courts) in 1812.
This new one-star hotel is in a stunning historic setting: a converted Dominican convent dating from 1635. In addition to the magnificent original arcaded patio, complete with chequered floor and stone-and-iron wells, it still has cloisters, a church (Santo Domingo) and chapel. Monks still inhabit the building today.
This delightful two-star hotel is in a 19th-century building with beautiful original stone façade. Décor is tasteful and imaginative, with loads of character – colourful tiled floors, Moroccan lamps, beamed ceilings, decorative mirrors, and carved wooden doors and screens.
This nine-storey hotel is situated on long, sandy La Caleta beach - its façade is simple and classic, and the interior was refurbished in 2013. The 143 rooms are spacious and modern, with wood floors - be sure to ask for a superior room with sea view, on a higher floor, so you can enjoy the spectacular sunset. Tea and coffee making facilities also in superior rooms. All have free WIFI and satellite TV. Family rooms have bunk beds.
This four-star hotel, with smoked glass façade, looks over the long sandy beach, and is located about 30 minutes’ walk from the old town. Each of the spacious rooms – there are 188 – has a 1960s-style pod-like curved white balcony, with décor in muted, neutral tones; 32-inch TVs offer multimedia applications. Suites have their own private terraces. WIFI is free.

As one of Spain's major ports during the 16th century, Cadiz copied the carnival of Venice, a city with which it had much trade, and since then it has become the liveliest and most dazzling carnival town in mainland Spain, famous for its amusing and creative characters and satirical song groups.

The Granada Carnival, along with those of the provincial towns, are among the least publicised, but they do take place. The festival usually lasts about a week in the provincial capital and starts well after Shrove Tuesday. It includes the usual singing contests that are held in theatres and other venues. There is also plenty of activity in the streets of Granada (a city that is famous for its "tapa" appetisers that accompany drinks at no extra charge), including a parade.

From 1937 to 1977, the people of Málaga kept their costumes packed away and refrained from meeting to practice and enjoy the old carnival tunes together - much less organise any traditional parades or other celebrations. This was due to the prohibition issued by Franco and strictly enforced in this area.

The 17th-century Castillo de Santa Catalina, which formed part of the city’s defences from the time of King Felipe II, has been partially restored and now has four rooms where exhibitions of paintings, engravings and photographs are held.