No matter how many times I’ve been, Cadiz always seems to draw me back. It’s one of the largest cities in our area and it seems to always have something going on and it’s never short of things to see. We recently decided to head over to Cadiz and play tourist for an afternoon by doing a walking tour on one of the cities’ colored walking routes. I get distracted easily. I’m a window-shopper and an avid people-watcher. If it weren’t for my husband, sometimes I might just wander off every now and again. Cadiz’ colored walking routes were made for people like me, y’all. It’s easy; when you get your map, pick a route and the color you pick is painted right there on the pavement. You just can’t go wrong, people!
I know the majority of people prefer to take the ferry to Cadiz from Rota, but I always go by car. To get to the action, simply search for Cadiz in your GPS and follow the signs to get as close as you can to get into “Centro Ciudad” or the City Center. Finding parking is easier than you might think as Cadiz underground parking garages are all throughout the city (just look for the blue square signs with a white ‘P’). But, if taking the ferry suits your fancy, that’s fine too, amigo. I suppose it doesn’t matter much how you get there, just that you get off your hind end and get there, amiright?
We began our tour here at the Centro de Recepcion de Turistas (Tourist Reception Center/Tourist Information Center). There’s always someone on hand that speaks English and it’s got the handy maps that you’ll need to make sure your wandering feet stay in the right direction. Out of the 4 routes available, we chose the purple route, not for any particular reason other than it began right across the street. We’re simple like that. And so then the route begins…
Here’s a few shots along the way.
Ah, the Catedral Nuevo. Ain’t she a beaut? I’ll never grow tired of this view. If you’ve got the whole day to wander, do yourself a favor and pick a cafe beneath the cathedral and enjoy this view for a while. Hear the church bells ring. Let your hair down. Unwind. You’ve just got to, friend.
You can enter the cathedral and walk to the top of the tower on the right hand side for two separate fees. I enjoyed the tower on a previous visit to Cadiz and I wrote about it here.
Take a good long hard look at this picture. Memorize it. Take it all in. When you leave the cathedral in the direction of the Flower Market, you will come across this bakery. Stop at this bakery. Go inside this bakery. Whatever you do, do not skip the bakery.
Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness, has never bought Pionono de Chocolate. Buy one. Or a dozen. Either way, you’ve got try at least one of these. They are the most delicious pastry I have tasted in all of Spain. Trust me.
You might come across a man with a table full of sea urchins. He’ll have your spoon ready. Isn’t that nice?
I love the cute little flower market.
Now, if you haven’t had a decent meal yet, I suggest you stop at Mercado de Abastos. If I went to Cadiz and only went to the market, it would make my trip well worth it. There are several different stalls each with their own food specialties ranging from Sushi, Mexican food, Moroccan food, cheese plates with cheese made right here in Andalusia, beer, local wine, tortillas; the list goes on! If you have a large group, everyone is sure to be happy with so many options in one place. Check out this post that I wrote about other things that are good to know to help plan your trip to the market. I suggest going on Saturdays, there’s a little more hustle and bustle and that’s what I like about it.
Now, here’s my favorite part. Here’s the view from Torre Tavira.
The price for the visit to Torre Tavira was a little on the expensive side at 6 euro for an adult and 5 euro for children 6 and up. In the end, my husband and I were both happy about our experience here and the guided ‘camara oscura’ session (you’ve got to check this out for yourself) was very interesting to my entire family. Added bonus that it was both in Spanish and in English. Besides, the 173 stairs it takes to get to the top is just enough stairs to walk off the chocolate pastry from earlier.
If you look real close, you can see the painted purple line on the bottom right hand side of the above photo. Come on, lean a little closer. That’s it.
Last, but certainly not least is La Casa del Chocolate. You have to deviate from the purple route for a minute (told ya I wander off a bit), but it’s so very worth it.
See? Pick a couple of chocolates to try, grab a chair and enjoy it with a nice cup of tea or coffee. Your tired and weary feet will thank you.
This chocolate shop has been open for about 13 years and carries chocolate from all over Europe. I’d settle with Spanish chocolate, but you wouldn’t have to force me to eat some French or Italian chocolate. I’m pretty reasonable.
Now, once you’ve got a nice happy belly, your tour is done!
Before you go, let’s get down to the nitty gritty for a minute. You may want to have some of this stuff on hand:
Cádiz – Puerto de Santa María
Price per passanger each way: 2.65 €
Card users: 1,87 €
Cádiz – Rota
Price per passanger each way: 5.05 €
Card users: 3,80 €
For more information such as a timetable, click here or here.
Address: Paseo de Canalejas s/n, 11006 Cádiz
Saturday and Sunday 09:00-17:00
Plaza Catedral, s/n. 11005 Cádiz
Prices: Adults, 5 euro and children under 12, free.
Mercado de Abastos
Plaza de la Libertad, s/n
Produce Section: Monday to Saturday 09:00 to 15:00
Hours of Rincón Gastronómico (food stalls):
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday : 09:00-15:30 and 18:00-23:00
Friday: 09:00 to 15:30 and 18:00-Midnight
Saturday: 09:00-16:00 and 19:00-Midnight
October – April: 10:00-18:00
May – September: 10:00-20:00
The last session of the Camara Oscura starts half an hour before closing time.
Torre Tavira is open year-round except the 25 of December and the 1st of January.
Normal Price: 6,00 Euro
Reduced price: 5,00 Euro for:
- People over 65
- Students with student ID
- Large Family
- Groups with more than 10 persons*
- Disabled people
La Casa del Chocolate
Calle Sagasta, 2 -esq. San Pedro-, 11004 Cádiz
Monday-Saturday 10:00-15:00 and 16:00-21:00
Happy travels, y’all!