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Calle Marqués del Real Tesoro, 10, 11001 Cádiz, Spain
As a harbor city of global stature, Cádiz always needed to keep an eye on the sea and every townhouse of importance had its own watchtower. Of the original 160, 129 remain, and the best known of these is Torre Tavira. It's a popular attraction,...
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Plaza de Mina, s/n, 11004 Cádiz, Spain
The town museum on Plaza Mina contains at least two important items among its pleasant jumble of Cádiz-related artifacts. The Phoenician sarcophagi, their cartoonish features belying their enormous size, are obligatory viewing, as is the series of...
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Calle Rosario, 10, 11004 Cádiz, Spain
This oratory is a well-preserved 18th-century church on two levels, with an austerely white, cryptlike space in the basement and an oval-shaped, highly decorated Baroque chapel on the floor above. The artistic contents of the "Holy Cave" are...
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Cádiz doesn't lack for beaches, but this small city playa is a gem. Prettily sited between two castlelike extensions of the sea wall (San Sebastián and Santa Catalina), La Caleta is a curve of sand with a few little fishing boats bobbing in the...
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Plaza de la Catedral, s/n, 11005 Cádiz, Spain
The broad facade of Cádiz’s great cathedral, begun in 1722 and finished in 1838, is an unmistakable element of the old-town skyline. Its golden dome is flanked by two bell towers and two graceful palms. Climb the Torre del Reloj tower for a bird’...
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Edificio Los Arcos, Plaza del Arenal, s/n, 11403 Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz, Spain
Just 23 kilometers inland from coastal Cádiz, Jerez de la Frontera has a charm all its own. The town's two main attractions—known worldwide—are sherry and horses. Jerez's rich wine culture is reflected in its many bodegas (wineries) and this...
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Paseo Fernando Quiñones, S/N, Cádiz, Spain
These two castles, both elements of the fortifications encircling the city, stand on either side of La Caleta beach. The fortress of Santa Catalina, entered directly from the promenade, was constructed in the 17th century. Its small chapel and a...
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Plaza de San Felipe Neri, 11003 Cádiz, Spain
This Baroque church at the heart of Cádiz’s old town is a beautiful confection in its own right, but is best known as the site of a major historical event: the signing of the Spanish Constitution of 1812. Though it was abolished by the monarchy 10...
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Plaza Fragela, 11003 Cádiz, Spain
Cádiz’s emblematic theater, the Falla, takes its name from composer Manuel de Falla, an illustrious native of the city. Built between 1884 and 1905, its grand exterior of brickwork and tiling is a brilliant example of Spanish Modernismo style...
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Calle Mateo de Alba, 4, 11002 Cádiz, Spain
La Viña is a wonderfully authentic Cádiz neighborhood that was once the site of vineyards and orchards, then a fishing quarter whose inhabitants kept their boats on nearby La Caleta beach. Now La Viña is also the heart of Cádiz’s vibrant Carnival...