With an average of four and a half million tourists visiting Spain annually between 1995 until 2018 (reaching an all-time high of 10.5 million in July 2017) and tourism accounting for approximately 15% of Spain’s GDR, don’t miss out on visiting a country that has something to offer everyone. If it’s stunning beaches with a coating of culture that you’re after, then why not visit Cádiz. Then travel to Seville to embrace history, architecture and try tasty tapas.
The ancient city of Cádiz
Cádiz is located on the coast in southwestern Spain and one of the provinces which makes up Andalusia. Jerez Airport is the closest to Cádiz and is about 45 km from the city. You can hire a car, take a bus or a taxi into town to one of the relaxing beachside hotels available for your stay. It is considered to be the one of the oldest inhabited cities in Europe and the city claims that its carnival is the second most popular after Rio, so there’s many attractions to suit all visitors.
If it’s beaches you desire, Cádiz has an abundance. One of the smaller beaches, Playa La Caleta, is situated between two old castles, Castillo de Santa Catalina and Castillo de San Sebastián. It has been awarded a blue flag award for it’s facilities and cleanliness. La Victoria is one of the most popular beaches in Cádiz packed with restaurants and beach sport facilities. If you tire of the beach, then there are various options including a potter around the city’s old town or a trip to the sensational Doñana National Park.
A day trip to Seville
Recently named best city to visit 2018 by the Lonely Planet, it’s a city you could take a day trip to from your base in Cádiz or you could fly into Seville and then head to Cádiz. If you hire a car it’s less than a two hour drive or there are trains direct from Cádiz if you want to independently select the sights you wish to visit . Whether you love it or hate it, visit the amazing Mushrooms of Seville, or the Metropol Parasol, which is the world’s largest wooden structure. There you can eat, shop or take in city views, but if you’ve seen enough venture to the oldest bar in Seville and savour the tapas.
Whatever attracts you to Cádiz, you won’t be disappointed. It’s accessible for both domestic and international visitors and there’s so many leisure options that you will be spoilt for choice. Taking a trip to Seville is easy as an independent traveller or as part of an organised tour. So get packing, get planning and try to fit everything into your Spanish adventure.
Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.