The port city of Cadiz in southwestern Spain sits along the Costa de la Luz – the coast of light. Visitors will discover an ancient city — Western Europe’s oldest continuously inhabited city – founded by the Phoenicians around 1100 BC. Cadiz has a strong maritime tradition: Christopher Columbus and other explorers sailed out of here on their voyages, and Sir Francis Drake raided the city in 1587. Cadiz is often linked with the Battle of Trafalgar, named after the cape just to the south.
Cadiz is a city of two towns – the old and the new. The old town is full of narrow streets, flower-bedecked balconies and cobble stone streets, while the new town features plenty of shops and modern apartment blocks. The restaurants and bars here are first-rate, serving excellent tapas and robust wines. One of the most remarkable landmarks in the city is the golden-domed Cadiz Cathedral. There is also a watchtower, the Torre Tavira, with a camera obscura, which offers panoramic views of the city reflected on the walls.
In general, Cadiz experiences warm weather. The hottest months are July and August, but visitors can enjoy sunbathing and swimming from May to October. The temperature often hovers around 79 F during this time. December and January are the coldest months in Cadiz; the temperature stays around 52 F.
Peak season typically runs from about June through September when the warmest weather sets in, though it can get very hot in July and August.
Cadiz’s off season runs from about December through March, with influxes of visitors during key events, such as the Carnival of Cadiz, which usually takes place in February or March. May and October are good times to visit, as the weather is still warm but the crowds are a little smaller.
Cadiz’s old town features plenty of winding, narrow streets, many of which are easily walkable, but fairly difficult to drive on. The streets of the new town are wider and easier for cars to navigate. Taxis are a good transportation option, especially when traveling from new town to old town as parking can be difficult. Buses are also available for visitors.
Jerez Airport is located a little more than 6 miles north of Jerez de la Frontera.