This article appears in Volume 22: The Design Issue.


Cádiz, Spain

Why now?

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.

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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.

Don’t miss

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 celebration.

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.

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