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Cadiz: Travel Notes

To find out where Andalusia’s legendary sense of humor is hiding, just follow this simple guide to the city of Cadiz. Let yourself get carried away by the city’s infectious charm.


By:  José Lorenzo Benítez
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Eat Drink Live music Sleep Shop Sports and spas Museums and galleries Theatre and dance Cinema Transport Green zones Wireless Escapes

 

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Essential: the sunset seen from La Caleta, the local bars and fish, and hanging out on the terraces overlooking the city
The weather:

Surrealism and humour can be found on each and every corner of Cadiz, but you do need to tune your ears and get with the rhythm. Keep your eyes wide open so none of the small details pass you by. Our first recommendation: take a stroll through the neighbourhoods of Santa María, la Viña, el Pópulo, and pass through Campo del Sur as the waves break against the rocks. Take a little Peak at the interior of the Teatro Falla (Plaza del Falla, s/n) as well as the exterior of the ruins of the Teatro Romano (Campo del Sur, s/n). Try to get to know the old town, before taking a break around the old balneario at la Caleta (spa). With a little luck, the light and a calm sea will provide you with a radiant scene. Keep going until you reach the Castles of San Sebastián and Santa Catalina. You must not miss a stop at the bar of the Restaurante El Faro (C/ San Félix, 15, 902211068) at lunchtime to try some local tapas and fresh fish.

However there are some more subtle monuments on offer: the Torre Tavira (Marqués del Real Tesoro, 10, torretavira.com) is an emblematic watchtower with a camara oscura for contemplating the city from a 360º birds eye view. Try to stop by the ancient Entrance to the city Puerta Tierra to immerse yourself in local history. Walk along the paseo de callejuelas in the centre of town, and take a quick rest in the Mina Plaza. If you are interested in Phoenician history make a visit to the Museo de Cádiz (956203368, juntadeandalucia.es) while you’re there.

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Other unmissable plazas include: San Antonio, San Juan de Dios, Plaza de España… and the one in front of the Cathedral (Pza de la Catedral, s/n), built on the ruins of the ancient gothic cathedral, and finished in 1838. If you’re still got any energy left at the end of the day, have a drink at the Café Teatro Pay Pay (C/ Silencio, 1, 956252543, cafeteatropaypay.com).

 

Tertulia recommends


 Eat

Classic tapas
Restaurante Balandro, 3 €/tapa
C/ Alameda de Apodaca, 22
956220992,
restaurantebalandro.com

Modern tapas
La gorda te da de comer, 12-15 €
C/ General Luque, 1
607539946

Local cuisine
Restaurante San Antonio, 20-30 €
Plaza de San Antonio, 9
956212239

Local cuisine
Casa Manteca
C/ Corralón de los Carros con
C/ San Félix
956213603

Treat yourself
Restaurante El Faro, 35-50 €
C/ San Félix, 15
956211068, elfarodecadiz.com

Need to impress
Restaurante El Chato, 40-60 €
Vía Augusto Julia, s/n
Ctra. Cádiz-San Fernando
956250025, elfarodecadiz.com

High cuisine
Escuela de Hostelería de Cádiz, 30€
C/ Alameda Marqués de Comillas, 2
956808002, ehcadiz.com

Something different
Gemma Díez
Cocina en vivo/catering
600441549, gemmadiez.es

Great coffee
Cafetería Miami, de 3-5 €
Avda. de Andalucía, 9
956254938

 Drink

A few pints
Cervecería Aurelio
C/ Zorrilla, 1
956221031

Tertuliar
Café de Levante
Rosario, 35
956220227, cafelevante.com

Something different
La Canela Baluarte
Baluarte de la Candelaria
Alameda Marqués de Comillas
lacanelabaluarte.com

To be seen
El Malagueño
Plaza San Martin (El Pópulo)
956285904

Pub theatre
Pay Pay
C/ Silencio 1 (Barrio del Pópulo)
956252543, cafeteatropaypay.com

Nightclub
El Malecón
Paseo Almirante Pacual Perry, s/n
Punta de San Felipe
956224551


 Live music

Jazz
Cambalache Jazz Club
C/ José del Toro, 20

Flamenco
Centro de Arte Flamenco La Merced
Plaza de la Merced, s/n

A little of everything
Baluarte de la Candelaria
C/ Cristobal Colón, 12
956211409

 Sleep

Business trip
Hotel Puerta Tierra, 140 €
Avenida de Andalucía, 34
956272111, hotelesmonte.com

Dependable Chain
Hotel Tryp Caleta, 170 €
Avenida Amílcar Barca, esq. Doctor Fleming
956279411, solmelia.com

Dependable Chain
Hotel Barceló Cádiz, 129 €
Avda. de Andalucía, 89
956242600, barcelocadiz.com

Cosy and central
Senator Cádiz Spa Hotel, 179 €
Rubio y Diaz 1, (Plaza de San Agustín)
956200202, hotelspasenatorcadiz.com

Great atmosphere
Hotel Argantonio, 107 €
C/ Argantonio, 3
956211640, hotelargantonio.com

Historic
Hotel Las Cortes de Cádiz
C/ San Francisco, 9
956212668, hotellascortes.com

Luxury
Hotel Playa Victoria, 185 €
Plaza Ingeniero La Cierva, 4
956205100, palafoxhoteles.com

Cheap and cheerful
Hostal Centro Sol, 75 €
Manzanares , 7
956283103, hostalcentrosolcadiz.com

Parador
Hotel Parador Atlántico, 209 €
Duque de Nájera, 9,
956226905, parador.es

 Shop

Music store
JM Musical
Avda. Cayetano del Toro, 20
o C/ Columela, 16
956211226, 956285577

Bookstore
Quórum
Calle Ancha, 27
956807026, infocadiz.com

Street market
Mercadillo del piojito, los lunes
Barriada de la Paz
Avda. del Guadalquivir

Local
Hecho en Cádiz
Plaza de Candelaria 7
956283197, hechoencadiz.net

 Skyline

La Caleta Beach
Right in the centre of the city, this is the place to be in summer.

Oratorio de la Santa Cueva
National historic and artisitic monument containing three of Goya’s paintings.
C/ Rosario, 10
956222262

Catedral de Santa Cruz
Visible from every part of the city, the cathefral is the Episcopal headquarters of both Cadiz and Ceuta.
C/ Plaza de la Catedral, s/n
956286154

 Sports and spas

Relax
Centro Espacio de Bienestar
Plaza Esquivel s/n (Semiesquina con c/Velásquez, 1)
956254229

Be adventurous
Centro Naútico Elcano
Prolongación Ronda de Vigilancia s/n
956290012, embarcadero.com

Be adventurous
Puerto América y Real Club Náutico
Punta de San Felipe s/n
956211091, eppa.es

Team sports
Estadio Carranza
Plaza Madrid, s/n
956070165

 Museums and galleries

Contemporary
Galería Benot
Avda. Ramón de Carranza, 10
956228681, galeriabenot.com

Contemporary
Sala Rivadavia
C/ Presidente Rivadavia, 3
956211264, cadizcultura.es

Classical
El Pópulo
Plaza San Martín, s/n, esq. Mesón
956205368

Classical
Museo Provincial de Cádiz
Plaza de Mina s/n
956203368

Juan Luis Vasallo
Centro Cultural Reina Sofía
Exposición permanente del escultor Juan Luis Vasallo
Paseo Carlos III
956221680

Archaeological
Centro Andaluz de Arqueología Subacuática
Balneario de La Caleta
Avda. Duque de Nájera, 3
956226034, juntadeandalucia.es

 Theatre and dance

Independent
Sala Central Lechera
Plaza de Argüelles, s/n
956220628

Independent
La Fábrika
Plaza de la Cruz Verde
Callejón Cardoso, 1
956226418, redasociativa.org

A little of everything
Gran Teatro Falla
Plaza Fragela, s/n
956220894

A little of everything
Teatro José María Pemán
C/ Isabel la Católica, 1
956223545‎

 Cinema

Independent
Campus Cinema Alcances
Multicines El Centro
Pza del Palillero, s/n
956808106

Mainstream
Cinesur Bahía de Cádiz
Avenida de las Cortes, s/n
956258616, cinesur.com

A bit of everything
Multicines El Centro
Plaza del Palillero, s/n
956808107

A bit of everything
Aulario la Bomba
Universidad de Cádiz
C/ Ancha, 16
956015000, uca.es

Outdoor cinema
Playa de la Victoria, junto a módulo central

 Transport

Car rental
Beneluxcar
952057240,beneluxcar.es

Taxi
Radio Taxi
956212121

 Green zones

Parque Genovés
Between the Paseo de Santa Bárbara and the Avenue Doctor Gómez Ulla there are several species of trees which grow Racing the Atlantic Ocean

 Wireless

Playa de la Victoria
Open access
956241015

Plaza del Palillero
Open access
956241015

Plaza de Mina
Open access
956241015

 Escapes

During the rest of the year there are countless opportunities for short breaks. The Roche cliffs, Fontanilla Beach in Conil (30-35 minutes), the nudist beaches in Palmar, Vejer (45 minutes away) and the Trafalgar lighthouse in Barbate (50-60 minutes away) are all close by. All have white sands, extensive beaches and clean water.

Continuing south along the national motorway 340 you reach the National Park of the Straits, the winding cove at Bolonia and Los Lances beach in Tarifa, a stopping point on your way to Africa. If you leave Cadiz early you can catch one of the first morning ferries and arrive in Morocco by midday. Try and leave yourself at least two or three nights. You won't regret it!

 

Useful contacts


Town Hall
Plaza San Juan De Dios s/n
956241015, cadizayto.es

Cádiz University
C/ Ancha, 16
956015000, uca.es

Hospital Puerta del Mar
Avda. Ana de Viya, 21
956002100, juntadeandalucia.es

Emergency Medical Attention
061

Fire
085

Post office
Plaza. Topete, s/n
956210511

Local police
092

Ecologists in Action
956837702, ecologistasenaccion.org

24-hour pharmacy
Avda. Segunda Aguada, 13
956279457

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Getting there?


By air
Aeropuerto de Jerez
Aptdo. de Correos, 579
Ctra. N-IV (a 5 minutos de Jerez y 40 de Cádiz en coche)
Conexión A-4 Sevilla-Cádiz.
956150000, .aena.es

By train
Estación término RENFE
Apeaderos en Cortadura, Estadio, Segunda Aguada y San Severiano
Plaza de Sevilla, 1
902240202, renfe.es

By bus
Transportes Comes
Plaza de la Hispanidad, 1
956807059, tgcomes.com


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2 comments

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El 8 January 2009 a las 10:47 AM, Inma dijo...

Muchas gracias,pues aunque soy gaditana, de la provincia, nunca he hecho una visita turística a mi capital y tu guía me va a servir para hacerla t disfrutar de Cádiz.
Siempre que he ido a Cádiz ha sido para ir al médico. Esta vez será para disfrutar mi capital. Tengo 22 años.


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El 28 May 2010 a las 8:00 PM, Luis dijo...

Me gustaria si alguien tiene una foto de la calle Adriano de Puerta Tierra sobre finales de los 50 y principios de los sesenta,me la mandase a mi correo le estaria muy agradecido mi correo es



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