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Things to do in Cadiz

This ancient port city takes you in with its historical architecture, sunny beaches, and fresh seafood.

Our most recommended things to do in Cadiz

Cadiz: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Ticket

1. Cadiz: 24-Hour Hop-on Hop-off Ticket

Once a launching point for ships sailing to the New World, the 3,000-year-old City of Cadiz is now famous for the picturesque, Moorish charm of its old central quarter. Your City Sightseeing bus provides convenient stops at the beautiful Cathedral, the Central quarter enclosed within the City walls and the bay area. Tour Stops: 1. Avenida del Puerto 2. Plaza de la Hispanidad 3. Puertas de Tierra 4. Catedral 5. Playa Caleta 6. Hotel Parador/Parque Genoves 7. Iglesia del Carmen 8. Plaza de España 9. Hotel Parador/Parque Genoves 10.Catedral II 11.Playa Santa Maria 12.Playa Victoria 13.Plaza de Sevilla 14.Bahia de Cadiz

Cadiz: Medieval Tour

2. Cadiz: Medieval Tour

Explore the center of ancient Cadiz, a city where a rich cultural, architectural, and culinary heritage has been created over a number of distinct historical eras. Your 2-hour guided visit begins in the main San Juan de Dios Square, where the Town Hall is located. Visit the ancient Roman neighborhood known as the Pópulo, reconstructed over the ages. You’ll find buildings from the Phoenician period, the Roman theater, the 18th-century New Cathedral and its museum, and the walled quarter of Almohad origin. Learn about the history of Cadiz as you walk along its streets and through its squares. Enter the New Cathedral to admire its Baroque and Neoclassical styles and the mythical defensive wall known as the Gates of Earth.

Jerez: Yeguada de la Cartuja Carthusian Horses Tour

3. Jerez: Yeguada de la Cartuja Carthusian Horses Tour

Head to the historic state of Fuente del Suero in Andalusia to see the world’s best known stock of Cartujano horses. From ancient times, these noble beasts played an important role in Spanish culture, and the Yeguada de la Cartuja stud farm, next to the Monastery of La Cartuja, is the perfect location to breed them, thanks to the climate and fertile lands. The region was made famous when the Carthusian Monastery became the undisputed center for breeding Jerezano horses in the 15th century. The tradition has continued uninterrupted to this day, and the stud farm boasts more than 200 of the thoroughbreds. You will taken on a guided tour of the farm to learn about its dedication to the preservation and improvement of the Cartujano breed. See free running colts and mares, free running stallions, a dressage exhibition, the current batch of foals, and more Watch the grace and power of the prestige breed, and discover why they are the national pride of Spain.

From Seville: Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera Day Trip

4. From Seville: Cadiz and Jerez de la Frontera Day Trip

Learn about the history of Cadiz and Jerez on this guided excursion from Seville. Enjoy local tapas, relax on the beach and explore the charming streets of the historic center of Cadiz. Start in the Bay of Cadiz and see its beautiful seaside, the Costa de la Luz. First, stop in Jerez de la Frontera, where you will have the chance to visit a traditional bodega and taste the famous wines from the South of Spain. Then, travel to Cadiz, a city with delightful beaches and tasty tapas, whose residents are famous everywhere for their joyful attitudes. Visit the city center and the magnificent cathedral, and, little by little, discover the oldest city in Europe with more than 3 millennia of history. Afterward, enjoy the afternoon on one of the beaches or walk the narrow streets of the Barrio de la Viña or El Pópulo, the most charming and traditional neighborhoods of the city.

Cádiz: Guided Bike Tour

5. Cádiz: Guided Bike Tour

Explore the historic city of Cádiz by bike on an eco-friendly, 3.5-hour sightseeing tour. Cycle the narrow lanes of the Old Town under the shadow of the golden dome of the New Cathedral. Pedal along the wider boulevards of newer areas and learn the history of the city as an important trading port founded by the Phoenicians. Discover hidden corners and hear local stories with the help of an English-speaking guide as you cruise your way around the city on a fun and entertaining adventure.  Get tips on all the other must-see sights in Cádiz along the way to help you make the most of the rest of your stay in the beautiful city.

Cadiz: City Bike Tour

6. Cadiz: City Bike Tour

See the best of Cadiz from the saddle of a bike and discover the best of the city's monuments, places, and historic sites. Benefit from the services of a multilingual guide and learn about the oldest city in Europe. Pedal one of the iconic orange bikes to the most emblematic corners for a fun and relaxed experience. Learn more about the main points of interest in the historic center, where highlights include a Roman theater and old city gates carved into medieval walls.

Seville: Jerez and Cadiz Wine Tasting & Horse Show Day Trip

7. Seville: Jerez and Cadiz Wine Tasting & Horse Show Day Trip

Enjoy a combined 10-hour tour of Jerez de la Frontera and Cadiz, and experience world famous wines and one of the most spectacular equestrian shows in the world. Your guide will introduce you to the world of wine at one of the best wine cellars in Jerez, world famous for its sherry production. Learn the process that goes into making the famous wines, from the soil to the sunlight, and deep-rooted production techniques. Taste several types of sherry in a typical bodega. Continue to the Royal Andalucían School of Equestrian Art Foundation to watch the “How the Andalucían Horses Dance” show, regarded as one of the finest equestrian ballets, with choreography based on traditional and cowboy methods of taming wild horses. Drive along the Costa de la Luz to Cadiz, where a local guide will take you around the city center to see the Neoclassical 17th-century cathedral. You will then have some free time to enjoy lunch and explore Europe’s oldest city on your own.

Cadiz: Guided City Tour

8. Cadiz: Guided City Tour

Explore the oldest city in the west of Spain and learn more than 3,000 years of history on a sightseeing tour of Cadiz. Hear about the many civilizations and cultures that have left their mark on the city, from the Phoenicians and Romans to the present day. Listen to anecdotes and stories from its rich heritage, and learn about its artistic legacy, culture and gastronomy. Hear tales of the Napoleonic period and the city's part in the 18th-century trade routes with India along with the establishment of the Spanish Constitution of 1812, considered one of the most liberal of its time. 

Cadiz: 3-Hour Tapas Tour

9. Cadiz: 3-Hour Tapas Tour

Explore the locals' favorite establishments, discovering the local gastronomy and vibrant lifestyle of Cádiz on this tapas tour. Stroll through the picturesque, historic streets with your local guide. As you pass through various neighborhoods, your guide will be sure to bring to visit four different, and highly recommended bars for a variety of food and drinks. Taste a wide variety of local produce including cheese, cured meats from the province's villages. You will also get to try the popular pescaito frito (Cádiz's famous fried fish), as well some original specialties from the best restaurants during your tour. Wash down these delicacies with a glass of local wine, or a refreshing beer if you prefer. Discover the real Cádiz, a true local experience. 

Sancti Petri: 1-Hour Sunset Catamaran Cruise

10. Sancti Petri: 1-Hour Sunset Catamaran Cruise

See the Bay of Cádiz from the water with a shared catamaran cruise from the Port of Sancti Petri. The 1-hour trip takes you towards Sancti Petri Castle and the Costa de la Luz towns of Chiclana, San Fernando, and Cádiz. Relax aboard the catamaran, take in views of the amazing sunset, and enjoy a glass of cava or a soft drink. You can choose to add live music by a saxophone player, if you select the option. The cruise will end back at the port of Sancti Petri. Enjoy its beach and traditional tapas bars at your leisure.

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4.6 / 5

based on 1,567 reviews

We have been in Cadiz for a couple of days and have been on two trips with a guide called Matio. One was a tapas tour ( very good) and the other was a cycle tour of the city, We would highly recommend that you go on these tours. This guy is amazing - his knowledge is second to none and you leave the tours thinking that you are a part of Cadiz and knowing now the history of this fabulous city. 5 Stars! Well done Matio, you have made our stay worth while..

We had an amazing tour guide. A young woman from Santa Maria! Unfortunately we can't remember her name but she was brilliant. It ended up.just being my sister and I on the tour and she had lots of historic facts to tell us as we walked around the city. She took us into sweet shops and told us of local cuisine. She also personalised the tour for us as we'd already been to the cathedral! Really enjoyed it, she had such passion for the city and history.

We had an issue with not being able to get our ticket due to not being able to access our email. The attendants at the port location went above and beyond to help us get the necessary QR code so we could enjoy the tour. KUDOS - to a great staff interaction!

What a great day out. Brilliant friendly guides, loads of sherry to taste and an incredible horse display. This was well worth it and we couldn’t recommend it more highly. Thank you!

Excellent trip with Manuel as an exceptional guide. I loved it❤️