CÁDIZ: bustling port city

Most Taha houses are located in or near a nature reserve and there is rarely enough time to visit a city when visiting Andalusia. When I visited Juan and Rossa at their home in the Costa de la Luz, they ‘ordered’ me to go to Cádiz. They would prefer to show me the city themselves, but they can’t today. But even without true Cádiz experts as a guide I got to know the city a bit and I am very grateful to them for the good tip!

General info

Cádiz is a port city in western Andalusia and is surrounded by water. Be sure to take the time to visit and get a taste of the city’s atmosphere. Because of its resemblance to Havana, the city is also called ‘little Havana’.

City centre

The city consists of an old and a new part. The new part has wide streets and modern buildings. Old and new are separated by the city wall and the monument Puerta de Tierra. El Pópulo is the oldest neighborhood of Cádiz and just like us, you can stroll from square to square. Each square has a different atmosphere, but all of them are lively. When you see all kinds of flower stalls, you know that you have arrived at the ‘Plaza de las Flores’. The oldest square in Cádiz is the square with some statues and a museum; Plaza de la Mina. That Cádiz was a rich city long ago is clearly visible in the beautiful old buildings and cathedrals. At the highest point of the city is the Torre Tavira. Hopefully you will still have some energy left to climb the tower because from the roof you have a beautiful view of the city.

Food in Cádiz

In the Mercado de Abastos you can taste all sorts of deliciousness: tapas, fresh fish and other delicacies. In the old district of Barrio de la Vina you will find tasty and cheap fish dishes. This neighborhood borders the Playa de la Caleta, so after dinner you can relax by the sea. More food tips, click here.


On the edge of the old town is the atmospheric Playa de la Caleta. The beach is located on the pedestrian promenade and it overlooks two historic fortresses and the old harbour. Fans of James Bond know that this is where the filming for ‘Die Another Day’ took place.

You can also take a break from the bustle of the city in the beautiful Genoves park, not far from Playa de la Caleta. Here you see many Spaniards looking for some coolness between the old trees.

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