The magnificent city of Cadiz is located in southern Spain close to the city of Seville. If you are looking for a more traditional holiday to Spain then Cadiz is the ideal choice for you. Thought to be the oldest city in Europe, Cadiz is steeped in history with places of historic interest and
museums to keep you occupied on your cheap package holidays to the Costa De La Luz. Cadiz also has a good selection of restaurants, tapas bars and shops.
The charming old quarter of Cadiz is Moorish in appearance with narrow cobbled lanes connecting large plazas, white washed houses, a cathedral with a stunning golden dome and the remains of the city’s 18th century walls.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Donana National Park, will be of particular interest to nature lovers. The park occupies the right bank of the Guadalquivir River at its estuary on the Atlantic Ocean. This diverse park has marshland, fixed and moving dunes, lagoons, scrub woodland and maquis. It is also home to one of the largest heron colonies in the Mediterranean region, five threatened bird species and is the winter habitat for hundreds of thousands of water fowl every year. The park is also home to Spanish lynx, Adalbert’s eagle, Black vulture, red kite, reptiles and amphibians.
Lying inland from Cadiz are the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages) which are small villages with chalk coated houses which date back to the Middle Ages. Four of the best villages to visit are Setenil, Grazalema, Arcos de la Frontera and Zahara de la Sierra. Bird watchers will be in their element with many species of eagles and vultures being found in the villages. There are also some bull breeding farms around Medina Sidonia where you can see the bulls grazing in
their natural environment.
Situated at the end of Cadiz is the 2 mile stretch of Blue Flag beach called La Victoria. During the peak summer months there are small beach bars and facilities available at the beach which narrows as it reaches Santa Maria del Mar Beach and is accessed by ramps and steps from the promenade. Sitting between the Castle of Santa Catalina and San Sebastian is La Caleta Beach which is usually much busier than La Victoria and Santa Maria del Mar. Less than two miles out of Cadiz is the beautiful white sandy beach of Playa de la Cortadura which is ideal for lazing in the sea and taking a dip in the clear blue sea.
Cadiz Port lies between the Atlantic and Northern Africa, near to the Strait of Gibraltar. The port is a popular stop-off for many cruise ships and is also the terminal for ferries travelling between Spain and the Canary Islands.
There are many towns in the surrounding area including Jerez de la Frontera which is the centre of the sherry industry and home to the regional airport. A tour of the bodegas (cellars) and a visit to the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art are a must on your last minute holidays to Cadiz.