Why you should definitely go to Cádiz
Wednesday October 13, 2021 | Travel in Spain | Posted by studyspanishinspain
Cádiz – a cozy, small Mediterranean city – has a rich history, excellent food scene and beautiful, diverse landscapes, apart from a beautiful city centre and sandy beaches all over. Before the pandemic, Cádiz was included in The New York Times list of “52 Places to Go” in 2019, while TripAdvisor ranked Cádiz eighth on its list of European Destinations On The Rise for 2018. The journalist Isidoro Merino in the English version of El País wrote about this until now somewhat underrated city in the corner of Spain, calling it a must-see destination in Spain. Do you want to know what’s going in in Cádiz? What do in Cádiz while learning Spanish? Check it out here and see why you should definitely visit Cádiz, an excellent destination for a Spanish language course in Spain.
Reasons to study Spanish in Cádiz
So far, Cádiz is not that popular (yet) by international tourists. Probably that’s one of the reasons it’s such an excellent choice for a Spanish Immersion course, as it has a different feel than the other beautiful cities in Andalucia (Sevilla, Córdoba, Málaga, Granada).
Cádiz has a far more laid back vibe: it’s less crowded, and you don’t see that many tourists. Here you can learn Spanish and speak Spanish! The city is full of history, has a fantastic climate and has 83 beaches to explore. So let’s visit Cádiz!
This is why you should visit Cádiz
What to do in Cádiz? Here you can find the best tips and inspiration what to do in Cádiz after your Spanish lessons and during the weekends. Get together with your classmates or take any of these adventures alone and explore this unique region of Spain!
|Cádiz is located on the Atlantic Ocean in Andalusia at the Costa de la Luz. Cádiz is generally considered the oldest city in the western world. Cádiz was founded as Gadir in 1100 B.C. by the Phoenician; they turned Cádiz into an important trading colony. The famous Italian explorer Christopher Columbus made his four trips across the Atlantic Ocean from Spain; on his second voyage to the New World, he departed with 17 ships from Cádiz on September 24, 1493.|
- Visit the stunning sandy beaches. One of the most beautiful beaches of Cádiz is the Playa la Caleta, in a pretty setting with a natural harbour. Playa la Caleta is set between two castles, Castillo de Santa Catalina and Castillo de San Sebastián, giving it a cultural feel.
- Have a Spanish coffee at the colonial-style Mina Square and enjoy the lovely atmosphere.
- Visit the famous Cádiz carnival (in February/March). You will see plenty of impressive fancy dress costumes as you explore the streets of Cádiz. The carnival is a huge deal here it is incredible to see how passionate the locals are about it.
- Visit the Coastal town of San Lucar de Barrameda, famous for its summer horse racing on the beach.
- Chill out at the chiringuitos of Playa de la Victoria. Chiringuitos are typical Spanish beach restaurants famous for the lovely and fantastically priced sea food. You can hop between them as you find your way back to town.
- Don’t forget to enter some of the churches in Cádiz. The mixture of architectural styles makes them truly special. One of the biggest churches in Spain and the “jewel in the Cádiz crown” is the ice-cream domed Catedral Nueva.
- Visit one of the fortified wineries in Jerez de la Frontera, a small town around 40 kilometers to the north of Cádiz.
- If you want to see a flamenco show, visit the Peña Flamenca Camarón de la Isla, named after the famous singer. There are weekly shows and it’s a good place for some authentic flamenco.
- The Cádiz mountains are full of beautiful white villages of which Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra are favourite. The villagers still whitewash their homes with lime as they did in the past, usually once a year before a local fiesta.
- Pass by the colorful Mercado Central de Abastos
- Visit the parks. You will find a great variety of trees here, many of which were brought back from Christopher Columbus’s New World expeditions.
- Take the bus to Tarifa on the weekend, just to visit or take wind or kitesurfing lessons with a view of Africa in front. Did you know you can take a day trip to Maroco from Tarifa?
- Don’t miss out on Seville, one of Spain’s most intriguing places to visit, at only an hour and a half from Cádiz. Visit Seville’s Cathedral and La Giralda, the Barrio de Santa Cruz, or the colourful neighbourhood Triana, crossing the bridge over the river Guadalquivir next to the Torre de Oro.
Testimonial Spanish student in Cádiz:
“#Cádiz was the perfect choice for a Spanish language course sun, sea and beautiful sandy beaches. The #Spanish school in Cádiz is a perfect size and all the staff and students are very friendly! We had great fun!” (Barbara)
Spanish & Surf in Cádiz
The long coastline in the province of Cádiz is full of with places where you can find good conditions for surfing; Cádiz is probably one of the best places in Spain for surfing lessons because of the perfect weather and wind conditions. The coast of Cádiz offers different spots to get started in surfing. With different wave conditions throughout the year, from June to September wave conditions are milder and initiation in this sport is perfect. The oficial surf season runs from October to April, more or less. You can find many surf schools in Cádiz and along the Costa de La Luz, as in Cónil de la Frontera and in the small beach town El Palmar, among others.
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