Cadiz ~ A Surprising Day Trip from Seville
One of our favorite Day Trips from Seville, Spain was to the small fishing port of Cadiz. We chose Cadiz because it is the oldest fishing port in Europe! Cadiz dates back to 1100 BC and the Phoenicians, which makes it a great Day Trip for history buffs. Since it is surrounded by water, Cadiz is also great for anyone who wants a beautiful waterfront to relax on!
How to Get there
The train from Seville to Cadiz runs several times a day and is about 2 hours. So, it’s a very easy trip and once we got to Cadiz it was easy to walk around the city!
What to do
This is a beautiful public garden overlooking the ocean with exotic trees and plants brought in from all around the world. You can catch a concert here during summer months.
The museum is where we spent quite a bit of our time. It is housed in what once was a Franciscan convent. With the rich history of Cadiz, it is not surprising that they have an equally rich collection in the museum! Some of the highlights include the male and female Phoenician sarcophagi from the 5th Century BC, a collection of rare Phoenician jewelry and some Roman statues. There is also a fine arts side to the museum that houses some beautiful works from 17th Century Spanish artists.
Built in 1598 and served as the main citadel for this port city. You can walk out to the ruins, but there really isn’t much to see other than a magnificent view (which I thought was worth it)!
Where to Eat
This is where we ate while in Cadiz. The location was perfect, right on the seaside promenade overlooking the ocean and the Castillo de Santa Catalina. The food was unique and delicious!
A little further down the coast lies El Faro de Cadiz. This looks like a great place to get traditional Spanish tapas.
“The lighthouse of Cadiz is located in the beautiful neighborhood of La Viña, my father Gonzalo Cordoba began with a small bar decorated as a seafood tavern, nets and fishing tools along with benches and wooden tables was all the decoration. To him, a multitudinous clientele came in search of the famous fried fishery that daily took the fishermen of the near beach of the caleta.
His restlessness and eagerness to overcome led him to transform the place by expanding it and providing it with modern facilities.
Now, retired, his spirit of service and dedication to others is part of our principle to continue gastronomically lighting Cadiz and I am proud to continue with this work.”
Over by the Museum, Ultramar & nos is an option. It’s a bit pricey, but it sounds like it’s a good experience!
All in All
All in all, we found Cadiz to be a beautiful and interesting town to visit. Being an ancient fishing port, it was a very different view of Spain than we’d had in Madrid or Seville. We visited on a Sunday, so not everything was open to us. But, we still enjoyed what was available and found it to be a very worthwhile Day Trip! If you have the day available, I highly recommend taking the short trip over to Cadiz!
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