People have been recorded as living in Cádiz since 1104BC (there or thereabouts), so what makes you think you’ll get the most out of it in 24 hours? Madness! But madness is sometimes reality, and 24 hours will have to do for now. Here is your perfect day in Cádiz.
MORNING: CHECK OUT THE MARKET, WANDER THE OLD TOWN
Start your morning with a cup of coffee at La Clandestina (check out a book or two while you are there), before heading the Central Market to see what bargains are on offer. Don’t expect to buy anything of course, you’re going to be enjoying the excellent restaurants of the city after all, but take some time to wander the stalls and see the people of Cádiz exchanging currency and conversation in equal amounts. Be sure to nip into the fish market too ― this is an essential Cádiz experience. With the smells and sounds of the market behind you, head to the old town and get lost in the narrow streets, taking time to marvel at the energetic modern existence of Western Europe’s oldest city. The old town is full of fascinating spots and beautiful buildings, so give it as much time as you can.
AFTERNOON: SERENITY IN THE PARK, EXTRAVAGANCE AT THE CATHEDRAL
If you’re heading here in summer then the heat will get ramped up in the afternoon, so either schedule yourself a siesta or head to the Genoves Park Botanical Gardens, a refuge of vegetation between the old town and the harbour. Give the harbour a look as well, before heading back through the old town towards Cathedral Square. The Cádiz Cathedral is the main attraction in the city, a massive piece of religious architecture with a shimmering golden dome and stories practically oozing out of the walls. Climb the North Tower for the best views of the city, before heading back to the square for a cheap beer and a little bit of a rest.
EVENING: SUNSETS AT THE BEACH, FLAMENCO, TAPAS AND BOOZE, BOOZE, BOOZE
Head to La Caleta to watch the sun go down over the sea, a truly special image if you’re lucky enough to get a good seat for it. Evenings in Cádiz can be quite hectic affairs so get ready for a lot of alcohol and a lot of movement. If you can find some time for a little bit of flamenco at Peña La Perla then you’ve done well, but the hungry must make a beeline for Calle Virgen de la Palma, a street full of tapas spots that are as numerous as they are magnificent. You really can’t go wrong no matter where you stop, so don’t worry about it. With your belly full, head back to the Central Market for an evening of beer, wine, live music and all the rest. You’ll sleep well tonight.