|Cadiz is a city in which you could spend an entire vacation! There’s something here for everyone so Cadiz is going to appeal to almost all tastes, whether you prefer to spend your days on the beach, or exploring city streets. There is plenty of beautiful architecture to see in Cadiz, and many popular landmarks. Here are just a few of the top things to see and do in Cadiz:
Cadiz Roman Theatre
Most of the sights you’ll see in Cadiz today are from more recent history than the ancient origins of the city, but the Roman theatre is an exception. Don’t expect anything too grand with this city landmark because up until, the 1980s it was actually covered over by newer buildings. In 1980 there was a fire in some old warehouses and with so much damage some old foundations were exposed. It was later discovered that this was part of a Roman theatre and they set about excavating the tiered seating to expose more of this ancient find.
Most of the other landmarks in Cadiz are far newer. Cadiz Cathedral is one of the major sights; built in a beautiful and mainly Baroque style the cathedral took 116 years to complete and was constructed on the site of an older cathedral which burned down in 1596. This newer cathedral wasn’t started until 1776 and it stands on Plaza de la Catedral where you’ll find another landmark, the Church of Santiago.
Plazas of Cadiz
As well as the Plaza de la Cathedral there are numerous other plazas (or squares) in Cadiz to see too. The most beautiful is in the heart of Cadiz old town and called Plaza de Mina. Adjacent to this square is Plaza de San Francisco. To see grand mansions of the 19th century, visit Plaza de San Antonio, where there’s also a beautiful church.
Fortresses of Cadiz
Cadiz is also home to a couple of fortresses, San Sebastian and Santa Catalina, which stand either side of the city’s best known beach, Caleta Beach.