Connected to the mainland by a thin strip of land, the almost-island peninsula of Cadiz has windswept beaches, year-round sunshine and an intriguing history. This ancient city thrives on the remnants of a colourful past: a wander around its winding streets uncovers Arabic forts, medieval watchtowers and a dazzling golden-domed cathedral. The Atlantic’s great crashing waves add to the city’s cinematic appeal – a picturesque setting for days spent on the golden sands and feasts rustled up from the ocean’s bounty.

When to go

Andalucian summers can be unbearably hot, so time your visit for late spring or autumn instead. Blessed with mild winters, Cadiz is ideal for a sun-kissed break, particularly during the riotous carnival in February or March.

Food & Drink

Expect seafood, and lots of it. In keeping with Cadiz’s carefree and low-key vibe, taste rules over presentation here. Seaside nooks dish up tasty fried fish, the scent of which lingers tantalisingly in the streets, and there are plenty of friendly and authentic family-run restaurants dotted around the city. Put tortillitas de camarones on your must-try list: these salty, crispy shrimp fritters are seriously addictive.

Not to miss

Time your visit for Cadiz’s exuberant carnival. Head to the Barrio de la Vinã neighbourhood for singing and dancing on the fringes of the official celebrations; old-school tapas haunt Casa Manteca will hit the spot when you start to flag.

Nightlife

Watch the sun setting over the Atlantic from a beach shack, cosy up in tapas bars or do as the locals do and set up camp on Plaza de Mina with a bottle of your favourite tipple. Sherry is a big deal here: for the best sort, head to equestrian hotspot Jerez de la Frontera, famed worldwide for its sweet wines.

Where to stay in Cadiz

Opt for a boutique hotel in Cadiz’s hinterland for a rural getaway. In the heart of the Sherry Triangle, Jerez is within easy reach of the beaches on Costa de la Luz. Whitewashed village Vejer de la Frontera has jaw-dropping views from its rocky hilltop perch.

How to get there

Jerez Airport serves domestic routes and seasonal European flights. From here, it’s a short train or 30-minute taxi ride to Cadiz.

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