Welcome to the Cadiz cruise port guide. The cruise destination that never disappoints! Cádiz is loved by everyone who visits it. The city is that small peninsula of 1800 by 1200 meter in the Atlantic ocean. That makes is it a small compact town to explore and to completely get lost in. It is a network of little cobble stoned streets where even the navigation officers could get lost in. This is absolutely the charm of Cádiz. It is a maze where there is a surprise waiting on every corner. You can visit many historical landmarks that go hand in hand with unique shops and little squares. It is the perfect example of an Iberian city with all its charm and glory. You are lucky if your ship will have an overnight in Cadiz, because this is not the only the city to visit here. Think about visiting the sherry capitol Jerez de La Frontera or Sevilla, the gateway to the new world in the 16th century.
You’ll find a bus station just outside of the port, but please know you do not need it in town. Pretty much the entire city centre of Cadiz is pedestrian zone and the busses only go around. You are missing out if you take the bus to travel the city centre.
This is nowadays the cities main square due to its historical significance. Back in the days this was the sight of a well that supplied water to the city and where the Spanish constitution was proclaimed in 1812. Nowadays you’ll find this beautiful 17th century church here.
The story behind this tree is that Columbus brought back some seeds from the New World and planted them here. Today it results in 2 gigantic trees in the city centre.
This square is the first big square you’ll come across if you exit the port. It is dominated by the Monument to the Cadiz Parliament and Constitution in 1812. In 1812 Cadiz was the capital of Spain as the rest was taken by the Napoleonic army. Therefore it was feasible to sign the very first constitution of Spain in Cadiz. This monument commemorates this event. Make sure to have a close look as it is full of beautiful historical details.
Built in the Neo-Mudejar style, which is a quite interesting style. The Moorish (Arabic) empire flourished here for centuries. The Arabic style that was used after the Moorish left, was called Mudejar, because it was implemented by the Christians. This way you can still find the traces of an Arabic civilization in this all Catholic country.
This castle from the 1700’s lies in the middle of the Atlantic ocean. It is connected to the land by a 750 meter long causeway. Walk the causeway and enter the castle to find out what it was build for.
This park is where you’ll find all kinds of mesmerizing scenery including the Botanical Gardens. The parks has species with all kinds of different backgrounds, monuments and a (plastic) dinosaur park.
You will find the Flower market on Plaza de Topete. It is the perfect location to wonder around the flower stalls.
In the 16th century it was already the centre of urban activity and it still is. This square is a delight. Take in the atmosphere and visit on of the many Paella of ice cream spots here.
The city of Cadiz is like an union. Sometimes you can peel off the layers of history. The roman theater is a perfect example. In the 1980’s a couple of warehouses in the city burned down. Underneath it revealed a old structure. Systematic excavation showed it was an entire Roman Theater. The sight is not always open, but why not try as you walk by.
Not far from Cadiz is where you’ll find Jerez de La Frontera. This is the sherry capital of the world. Under Spanish law, all wine labelled as “Sherry”must legally come from the Sherry Triangle. Jerez is the centre of the triangle and this is where you’ll find bodega after bodega for some nice sherry tasting. Reach Jerez by excursion, taxi or train.
The most prominent, well-known landmark is without doubt the cathedral. You can spot it already from the ship as it is the only building that stand out above the horizon. This is one of the largest cathedrals in the country and it is absolutely worth visiting. Climb the 17th century tower or visit the echo room.
This is the cadiz cruise dock where your ship will dock hem in port. Read our full cruise port guide on Cadiz here.
This is the main beach in the city centre of Cadiz. Although not very suitable for sunbathing outside the summer months it is still a very scenic beach. And fun fact: this is also where Halle Barry walked out the water in her orange bikini in Die Another Day.
This is the trainstation that you can already spot from the ship. It is about 10 minute walk from the cruise terminal. Take the train to Jerez or Sevilla from here. Do check the schedule in advance on http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/index.html
Somewhere hidden in the streets of Cadiz is where you’ll find the central market. It’s been in existence since 1830. You’ll find over a 100 vendors here that all sell their local specialties. Why not join to locals for some wine and cheese.