Cadiz Basics


Weather & Climate

The locals in Cádiz might like to claim that winters here are cold, but we’ve spent enough time in more eastern parts of the continent to know that they are talking nonsense. This is a Andalusian city in geography and climate, with summers hitting the heady highs of mid 30s and early 40s with ease. The winters drop down to the teens, with spring and autumn proving particularly appealing. They say it rains in Cádiz now and then, but we’re yet to see any evidence, and there hasn’t been snow here since the 19th century, making it the least snowy city in Europe. A White Christmas would be something to be worried about.

Crime & Safety

Maybe it is the history, the people, or the relatively undiscovered nature of it (in a modern tourist sense anyway) but Cádiz remains far more safe than some of the bigger cities of Spain. Keep your wits about you at the beach of course, don’t go nodding off with your valuables out of reach, and don’t get drunk in the sea. Look after yourself and each other, you’ll not have a single problem.

Hospitals & Pharmacies

Medical care in Cádiz is improving all the time, although English still remains somewhat novel in the waiting rooms and receptions of the city’s hospitals and pharmacies. The general public hospital is Hospital Universitario Puerta del Mar, with three private establishments dotted around the city. There are plenty of pharmacies in Cádiz, with two of these open every second of the day. They are found at Callejones del Cardoso 1 (Old Town) and San Mateos 1 (new part of town).

Public Toilets

Soon will come the day that this paragraph and section isn’t required in travel literature. Public toilets in Cádiz are the thing of myths, with the exceptions being public offices and some of the beaches. Best to stop by one of the many cafes, get yourself something to eat or drink and use the facilities while you are at it.

Can you drink the tap water?

Yes, you can drink the tap water in Cádiz, so don’t worry about that. Some locals and particularly neurotic travellers still prefer to buy bottled water, but we’re not entirely sure why. Unless we have immune systems of iron, or something like that. We don’t, the water is more than fine.

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