Cruise Port Atlas | Cadiz, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

Cadiz, Spain Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

Cruise lines that visit Cadiz: Star Clippers, Voyages of Discovery, Windstar, Azamara Club Cruises, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Costa, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Viking River Cruises

Key Attractions: Cadiz Cathedral, Tavira Tower, Plaza d Espana, Cadiz City Walls, Puerta de Tierra, Cadiz Town Hall, Cadiz Museum, De Falla Theater, San Sebastian Castle, Santa Catalina Castle, Plaza de Mina, Cadiz Roman Amphitheater, Seville Cathedral, Alcazar (Seville), Archivo de Indias, La Maestranza, Giralda Tower, Jerez Cathedral, Alcazar of Jerez, Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, Jerez Bodegas, Medina Sidonia, Vejer de la Frontera, Conil de le Frontera, Arcos de la Frontera, Ronda, La Caleta Beach

Cadiz Attractions

Cadiz Cruise Berths to Plaza Espana - 0.2-0.9 KM, 3-11 minute walk
Cadiz Cruise Berths to Cadiz Museum - 0.6-1.2 KM, 8-16 minute walk
Cadiz Cruise Berths to Tavira Tower - 0.9-1.3 KM, 11-17 minute walk
Cadiz Cruise Berths to Cathedral - 0.8-0.9 KM, 11 minute walk
Cadiz Cruise Berths to Puerta de Tierra - 1.2-1.7 KM, 4 minutes, 16-22 minute walk
Cadiz Cruise Berths to San Sebastian Castle - 2.5-2.6 KM, 10 minutes, 30 minute walk
Cadiz Cruise Berths to Santa Catalina Castle - 1.8-2.2 KM, 5-8 minutes, 22-27 minute walk
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Most cruisers visiting Cadiz take tours to Seville, but there is good reason to stay in the port itself. The ancient port is a peninsula that is nearly an island with a fairly large old city that is surrounded by a wall and the ruins of several castles that can be visited. A walking tour of the walled city is the best choice for most travelers, though the fortresses and the Puerta de Tierra (main gate) are over a mile from the cruise berths. However, the other main attractions are within a kilometer. Closest is the impressive Plaza Espana. Not much farther away is Plaza de Mina and the Cadiz Museum which contains artifacts going back to the Phoenician era. One of the city's most popular spots is the Tavira Tower which offers amazing views of the city and the sea and has a pin-hole camera (Camera Obscura) inside. The recently discovered Roman Amphitheater was partially uncovered after a fire and is the second largest in the world after Pompeii. The most impressive sight is the Cathedral, built over a period of over 100 years starting in 1776 and combining Baroque, Roccoco and Neo-classical elements. These are same architectural styles found in much of the old city. Cadiz is famous for its Carnival celebration, which is one of the world's most exuberant. Many city tours feature visits to displays of Carnival costumes and other items.

              

   

Photo of Santa Catalina Castle by Emijrp, Photo of Cadiz Cathedral by Silja-Helen

Seville

Cadiz Cruise Berths to Seville - 123 KM, 1 hour 15 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

The Cathedral of Seville became the largest church in the world when it was completed in the 16th century and is now the third largest. It has 80 chapels and a huge bell tower, the Giralda, which was a minaret during the time of Moorish rule. Begun in 1402, the cathedral was not completed until 1575. The opulence of the building is a result of the Golden age of exploration and the conquistadors. It is the burial site of Christopher Columbus, the most popular attraction in Seville. The Alcazar was originally built as a fortress for the Moors, but was converted to a palace when Christian rule was restored in 1248. The abstract Islamic architectural ornamentation remains one of the Alcazar's most striking features, along with the gardens and courtyards. The Spanish royals still use portions of the palace as their Seville residence. Along with the Cathedral and Alcazar, the Archivo de Indias is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Seville. Completed at the end of the 16th century, the building was originally the trading house for the merchants of the city, but at the end of the 18th century became an archive for Spanish colonial history. It houses many significant historical documents including the journals of Christopher Columbus and documents of the conquistadors.

Besides its UNESCO honored center, Seville has a wide range of attractions for every taste and interest. To find a great view of the entire city, climb to the top of Cerro de Carambolo, a hill outside of town. The Jewish section surrounds the cathedral and is considered one of the more scenic neighborhoods. There are several excellent museums including the Museo de Bellas Artes, considered in Spain as second only to the Prado in Spain. The Torre de Oro along the river got its name from the legend that the 13th century tower was once topped with gold. And there are a number of lovely parks including the Maria Luisa Park that was built for the 1929 World's Fair.

                 

   

Photo of Seville Cathedral by jeny, Photo of Seville Alcazar

Jerez

Cadiz Cruise Berths to Jerez de la Frontera - 33 KM, 28 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Jerez (de le Frontera) is the birthplace of the fortified wine sherry, the center for the training of Andalusian horses and a center for Flamenco music and dance. Tours of the Sherry bodegas are included in many tours along with visits to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, where visitors will see the small local horses performing the unique Spanish step. Like in Cadiz and Seville, flamenco performers can be seen in a variety of venues. The two most important sights in the city are the Cathedral and the Jerez Alcazar. The cathedral was begun in the 17th century and has architectural elements going back to the Gothic. The 13th century Alcazar contains a Palace, baths, an Octagonal Tower and lovely gardens and fountains.

                    

   

Photo of Jerez Alcazar by Jonsson, Photo of Alcazar Cathedral and Bodega by Prince Grobhelm

Whitewashed Villages

Cadiz Cruise Berths to Conil de la Frontera - 47 KM, 35 minutes
Cadiz Cruise Berths to Vejer de la Frontera - 57 KM, 38 minutes
Cadiz Cruise Berths to Medina-Sidonia - 44 KM,37 minutes
Cadiz Cruise Berths to Arcos de la Frontera - 65 KM, 45 minutes
Cadiz Cruise Berths to Ronda - 146 KM, 1 hour 45 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Throughout Andalusia are mountain and coastal villages dating from the time of Moorish rule whose white contrasts beautifully with the hills, cliffs and mountains. Near the coast south of Cadiz is Conil de la Frontera. A short distance inland is the town of Vejer de la Frontera sitting on a hill from which the Gibraltar straits are visible. The town has an annual Running of the Bulls like the more famous event in Pamplona in northern Spain. White-washed like the other towns, Medina-Sidonia actually dates to the Phoenician era and offers the visitor significant Roman ruins along with the Moorish style buildings. The most famous of the white-washed villages are along a mountain road which has been named Ruta de los Pueblos Blancos. The western end of the road starts with Arcos de la Frontera sitting high on a sandstone ridge with its medieval castle, churches and convent. At the other end of the road is the even more dramatic town of Ronda famous for its three dramatic bridges and its bullfighting traditions. Between Arcos and Ronda are several other scenic villages and innumerable vistas.

        

   

Photo of Ronda's Old Bridge by Tsui, Photo of Arcos by Molas

Beaches near Cadiz

Cadiz Cruise Berths to La Caleta Beach - 2.1-2.7 KM, 6-7 minutes, 20-25 minute walk
Cadiz Cruise Berths to Attraction - 3 KM, 4 minutes
Cadiz Cruise Berths to Conil de la Frontera - 47 KM, 35 minutes
Link to Full-Page Google Map

Within the city of Cadiz are several popular urban beaches. La Caleta sits between San Sebastian and Santa Catalina Castles. In the new part of town is the Playa de Vitoria which runs for 3 kilometers along the southern side of the peninsula and offers calm waves, nice sand, restaurants and bars. Near the beautiful whitewashed town of Conil de la Frontera are 6 popular beaches.

        

   

Photo of Playa Vitoria by Andrea Verdeli, Photo of Playa Fuente del Gallo by El Pantera

Interests Key:

Art Architecture Beach Children Wild Animals Local Cuisine Flora Gardens-Parks Geology

Diving UNESCO Views Wine Dance Music Shopping History Hiking

Walking & Wheelchair Accessibility:

No Walking Easy Walking Normal Walking Difficult Walking Accessible Limited Not Accessible