Day Trip to Cadiz

Seville to Cadiz Day Trip | 9 Best Things to do in Cadiz

If you are spending any time in the Andalusia area of Spain, you will want to check out a Seville to Cadiz day trip!  It’s an easy excursion from Seville to Cadiz, so it makes an easy and interesting day trip!

We chose to do a Seville to Cadiz day trip because Cadiz is the oldest fishing port in Europe!  Dating back to 1100 BC and the Phoenicians, Cadiz makes for an interesting Day Trip for history buffs.  And, since it is surrounded by water, Cadiz is also great for anyone who wants a beautiful waterfront to relax on!

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Sandcastle along the shore in Cadiz Spain

Going from Seville to Cadiz

The train makes a Seville to Cadiz day trip very easy! The train from Seville to Cadiz runs several times a day and is about a 2-hour trip each way.  And, once you get to Cadiz it is easy to walk around the city!

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Things to do in Cadiz

1. Parque Genoves

Address: Avda. Doctor Gómez Ulla, s / n

Cost: FREE

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 the summer months.

Genoves Park in Cadiz Spain
Photo Credit: Tourism – Cadiz, Spain (1)

2.Museo de Cadiz

Address: Plaza de Mina, s/n.

Hours: 9am – 9pm (different hours on Sundays, and closed on Mondays)

Cost: Approx. $1.65/pp

One of our favorite things to do in Cadiz was the Museo de Cadiz. And, if you do a day trip from Seville to Cadiz, you should definitely put this on your list of things to do.

The museum is where we spent quite a bit of our time during our day trip to Cadiz!  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 section to the museum that houses some beautiful works from 17th Century Spanish artists.

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Phoenician sarcophagi dating from the 5th century BC.
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Skeletal Remains!
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From the Fine Arts side of the museum!

3. Castillo de Santa Catalina

Address: Paseo Playa de La Caleta – Antonio Burgos s/n

Cost: FREE

Another of our favorite things to do in Cadiz was wandering around the Castillo de Santa Catalina.

Built in 1598, the Castillo de Santa Catalina 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)!

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Our table overlooked the Castillo de Santa Catalina
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Playing on the rocks near the Castillo de Santa Catalina

4. Gadir Archaeological Site

Address: Calle San Miguel, 15

Cost: FREE

An interesting look into history! With nearly 3,000 years of history, visitors can discover the first traders who lived in Cadiz, Andalusia. The different periods of habitation on the site are reflected in the layout of the streets, homes and tools dating to the 9th century BC, which can be seen on the tour.

Gadir archaeological site
Photo credit: Archaeological site of Gadir in Cadiz © Delegación de Turismo de Cádiz (2)

5. Puerta de Tierra

Address: Plaza de la Constitución, s / n

Cost: FREE

Reopened in 2013, the Puerta de Tierra is another historical site to visit in Cadiz. You can see architecture from the 16th century.

In addition to visiting designated areas such as the central dome, the tower and the upper promenade, the Puerta de Tierra also hosts the offices of the Workshop Lithographic Museum and Puppet Museum.

PUerta de Tierra, things to do in Cadiz
Photo credit, Tourism, City of Cadiz (3)

6. Cádiz Cathedral

Address: Cathedral Square, s / n.

Cost: Approx. $4.50-7.00USD/pp

This beautiful cathedral dates back to the 17th Century. There is a lot to see here. If you enjoy wandering around churches, you’ll want to stop in here. Along with the chapel, there is a wonderful clock tower and a crypt you’ll want to check out.

As when visiting any church, make sure you dress appropriately and follow the rules of no eating and no talking on your phone. They still have services in this church, so if your visit coincides with a Sunday service, it would be interesting to sit in on that.

Cadiz Cathedral worth seeing on your Seville to Cadiz day trip
Photo Credit: Catedral Cadiz (4)

7. Plaza de San Juan de Dios

Address: Plaza de San Juan de Dios, s / n

Cost: FREE

Plaza San Juan de Dios is the Major medieval square in Cádiz. It has been the administrative and commercial centre of the city since the 16th century. Until Central Market opened, this housed the fixed stalls for the market.

The location is wonderful. It is open to the harbor and near old town, so easy to get to in your wanderings.

8. The Roman Theater

Address: Calle Mesón, 11, 13, 

Cost: FREE

The Roman Theater of Cadiz was built in the 1st century by Lucio Cornelio Balbo el Menor, a friend and adviser to Julius Caesar. It was discovered in 1980 and excavations have uncovered parts of the stands and well as the orchestra and gallery.

It is thought to be the second largest on the Iberian Peninsula, with a calculated capacity of about 10,000 spectators!

Roman Theater, things to see on your Cadiz day trip
Photo credit: Tourism, City of Cadiz (5)

9. The Tavira Tower

Address: Calle Marqués del Real Tesoro, 10

Cost: $5.00-$7.00USD/pp

If you are not afraid of heights, you will want to visit the Torre Tavira and enjoy the best views of Cádiz.  Step back in time, to the 18th century, when thanks to trade with the West Indies, Cadiz was at its most magnificent.

When you climb to one of the 129 watchtowers, the Tavira Tower, or the highest point in the old part of the town and experience the Camera Obscura, you get a 360-view of Cadiz. Definitely a view like no other!

Where to Eat in Cadiz

During your Seville to Cadiz day trip, you will want to take the time to have a meal. As you can imagine, the seafood is fresh and delicious! And, there are so many wonderful restaurants in the area. We chose one right on the coast. We ate outside and loved the view!

Quilla, restaurante, café y terraza

During our day trip to Cadiz, this is where we ate.  The location was perfect, right on the seaside promenade overlooking the ocean and the Castillo de Santa Catalina.  The food was unique and delicious!

“Meeting point for locals and tourists where you can enjoy different ambiances according to the season and day time: breakfast with views and classical music; snacks and meals in a vibrant atmosphere; coffee, cakes, and cocktails at a chill-out sunset; dinner and tapas in a relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy the large terrace nearly all year round, and the warm interior on cold Winter days, with a fireplace and blankets for those who prefer enjoying outdoor.”

Restaurante El Faro de Cádiz

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.”


Ultramar & nos

Over by the Museum, Ultramar & nos is an option.  It’s a bit pricey, but it sounds like it’s a good experience!

“Ultramar & nos, with a very original gastronomic proposal, halfway between the new, the fusion and the stews of all the life in charge of the cooks Pancho Jiménez and Manolo Valencia, it becomes one of the premises of fashion in Cadiz, hardly four months after its inauguration.”

Day Trip From Seville to Cadiz

All in all, we found Cadiz to be a beautiful and interesting town to visit. And, since it’s such an easy day trip from Seville to Cadiz, it is definitely worth your time to check out!

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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  1. Cadiz looks stunning!! I love little fishing villages and that old fort looks like a fun place to explore around, even if there is not much left! That cafe overlooking the view wold be right where I would want to park myself for a long, lovely lunch!!

  2. Cadiz looks stunning!! I love little fishing villages and that old fort looks like a fun place to explore around, even if there is not much left! That cafe overlooking the view wold be right where I would want to park myself for a long, lovely lunch!!

  3. I love traveling a lot and I always like to explore destinations with different culture & traditions. Cadiz sounds like a wonderful place to visit with lots of history behind and that museum is quiet amazing as well!

  4. I can’t wait to travel there one day. Especially to the garden. I try to visit the local garden where ever I go as well as a museum. I look forward to visiting there. It looks so beautiful and the beach is a bonus.

  5. Cadiz sounds super familiar.. I am almost sure I have been there before. But it must have been as a kid as I can’t recall visiting in since I started travelling on my own. Love discovering Spain, it is such an amazing country!

  6. I love visiting ancient locations of where I am currently staying. I would love this, especially the museums. I love going to museums that show me what the city was like before. From the art to the actual history.

  7. This looks like it would be an amazing trip. So much to see and to explore while you are there.

  8. Wow! I would be in heaven here! All my life I wanted to visit the big historical museums in NYC (I finally got the chance YAY!) so the Museo de Cadiz would also be where I would spent most of my time too! Those 5th century Phoenician sarcophagi are just too neat. I love stepping back in time – like WAY back in time lol

  9. Spain is another country that I’d love to visit. It looks like you had a great day out.

  10. I loved Cadiz. The stark contrast between the blue sky and white buildings is breathtaking and yes, makes a great trip from Seville to see the sea.

  11. This post will come in handy to those traveling to Spain. Beautiful beach front. It looks like you made your visit well worth your time. Nice!

  12. Sigh ~ Castillo de Santa Catalina was my bedroom view for years. I am from Spain and moved back and forth from the US a lot. Born and raised plus lived many years in-between Sevilla and Cadiz. Sigh. Oh how I miss it all.

  13. Looks like an amazing trip! I have very little interest in history just for the sake of learning trivia, but I love museums and those types of places – I feel that it’s more literal learning, which really appeals to me.

  14. Oh this looks like an amazing place, the beach looks great for children. Not sure I want to see the skeleton (I’m sure the children would though!)

  15. Some day I will go to another country and enjoy the beauty. Not sure where I want to go first though. My husband would love to go to Switzerland to see where his dad use to work.

  16. Will keep this post in mind for our next trip to Europe! Love it out there and great photos!

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