Why choose a cruise to Cadiz?
The historic Spanish city of Cadiz is a delight to explore with a spectacular cathedral and variety of restaurants and bars. Its historic heart is a maze of atmospheric streets just begging to be explored, while its beaches attract both locals and tourists with their soft sands, beach bars and watersports.
A Cadiz cruise will certainly be one to remember as it also offers the chance of an excursion to Seville, which boasts some of Spain’s finest architecture and a host of iconic sites.
A guide to the hotspots of Cadiz
Cadiz has plenty to offer. Aside from the spectacular golden-domed cathedral, there are numerous historic sights worthy of your attention. Castillo San Sebastian, an impressive fortress, is another top attraction, located as the end of Playa La Caleta. It’s thought to date to 1706.
The small beach of La Caleta is the ideal place to head for bathing, watersports fun and relaxation when not sightseeing. There are beach bars on hand when you’re in need of refreshment ,with local restaurants specialising in fresh seafood dishes and crisp salads. Just south of the city is Playa de la Cortadura, a Blue Flag beach worth visiting.
For cooler days, head to the Archaeology and Fine Arts Museum which boasts fine glassware and jewellery as well as housing a Rubens canvas and works by famous Spanish painter Francisco de Zurbaran.
In terms of local cuisine, expect the usual Spanish specialities with a local twist – chicharrones de Cadiz is one of the most mouth-watering dishes: slow-roasted pork belly with fresh lemon and ground cumin.
Most visitors to Cadiz opt for a day trip to Seville, with highlights including the Giralda tower, impressive Plaza de España and The Royal Palace. Exploring Santa Cruz, the former Jewish quarter, is also highly recommended.
Cruise lines that sail to the port of Cadiz
The best time to visit Cadiz
Average temperatures fluctuate widely in Cadiz. However, July and August are usually the hottest months at around 25°C, this is also the time when it’s best to swim, with sea temperatures hovering at around 23°C.
If you’re after culture and sightseeing, Cadiz is very much an all-year round option, and mild winters will still make conditions pleasant for exploration. The coldest month is January, which averages around 13°C, with the most rainfall in November.
Did you know?
· Scenes of Cuba, filmed in James Bond movie Die Another Day, were in fact shot in Cadiz.
· Cadiz is thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in Western Europe.
· Famous English Romantic poet Lord Byron lived in Cadiz where he found inspiration for his poem Girl of Cadiz.
· Cadiz is famous for its watchtowers – it has more than 100.
· The Cadiz Carnival is the second most famous in the world after Rio de Janeiro’s .