Inspiring Destinations Cadiz
View from the tower of Cadiz Cathedral

Inspiring Destinations – Cadiz, Spain

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Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz is an ancient port city in the Andalucia region of southwestern Spain. It is said to be one of the oldest Western European cities having been founded by the Phoenicians in 1100BC for its fishing and trade routes.

Inspiring Destinations Cadiz
Capuchin Bastion offers good views back towards the cathedral

As the home of the Spanish Navy, the port boomed in the 16th-century as a base for exploration and trade.

There are more than 100 watch towers in the city where locals kept watch for returning fisherman or invaders from across the water.

Head to Cathedral Plaza for a coffee, then climb up the tower of the baroque  Catedral de Cádiz for stunning views.

Inspiring Destinations Cadiz
Cadiz Cathedral – you can ascend one of the two towers for great views

You can find plenty of cafes and restaurants for coffee and tostados (toast layered with tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil, with a pinch of salt.)

Inspiring Destinations Cadiz
One of the many cafes where outdoor seating takes advantage of the climate

There are two forts protecting Cadiz, San Sebastián Fort and Santa Catalina.

Santa Catalina is a 17th-century complex with panoramic ocean views and houses exhibition space for modern art.

Inspiring Destinations Cadiz
The 17th century Castillo de Santa Catalina

San Sebastian is actually built on a small island and is connected to Cadiz by a promenade. It is a superb spot to take in the magical sunsets displayed here.

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San Sebastián Fort provides a great place to watch the spectacular sunsets

For more on Cadiz, Spain – 10 Great Things: What to See in Cadiz.