Cádiz has a different ambience to that of the neighbouring Costa
del Sol. Unlike so many coastal resort towns, its authentic Spanish
character has remained relatively untouched.
Cádiz is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in
Europe. Situated on the coast, it hugs the sea and was once one of
Spain’s principal ports.
The light – it bounces off the sea and floods the walls and
streets so that they almost sparkle. Locals will tell you this
shimmering effect is what gives the region its name of Costa de la
Luz, or “the coast of light”.
Who to take with you
An architect enthusiast. Accents of traditional Spanish
architecture give the impression of another time. There’s a certain
familiarity to the buildings, probably because they were the
inspiration for colonial architecture in cities around the world –
the Cuban capital of Havana was modelled on Cádiz, for example.
When to go
February for The Cádiz Carnival or April for the Semana Santa
Most likely to bump into
Locals singing on the promenade.
Essentials to bring with you
A swimsuit. As a port town, Cádiz is very water focused. Whether
laying by the beach or catching waves, togs are a must.
How to get there
The closest airport to Cadiz is Jerez de la Frontera.