Fun things to do in Cadiz

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    Go for an Arabic Bath (hammam)

    by Carmelle Written May 19, 2008

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    Well, I finally got the chance to have my Hammam (Jerez http://www.hammamandalusi.com/), and have nothing but positive feedback for this hydrotherapy....

    ...to benefit fully, you must do the hot bath / cold bath thing as many times as you can take it (the cold one's a killer, but the rewards are over the good and the bad). What a charge to the system...your realigned mentally and physically.

    Your skin will feel softer as it's expelled toxins, you'll be tired after all this detoxification...so don't have too much planned for afterwards. (Remember the skin, in an hour, can do what your kidney's take 24 hours to do...and the kidneys are working super hard at the same time - the cold water activates them).

    My middle toe on one of my feet doesn't move when i bend my toes, but after the hammam, it was tingling - perhaps the nerves were stimulated....interesting....

    The music / the decor / the lighting / the sweet tea / the staff - all tranquil....

    I'm addicted...i felt so peaceful afterwards....this was all without the massage.

    Price - 15€ a skull for 1 hr 30 min session. You can include into this time a 15 min massage for an extra 12€

    Cheers
    Carmelle

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  • Calle Ancha

    by blint Updated Mar 6, 2008

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    Calle Ancha, Literally wide street, really is one of Cadiz's least narrow streets. It is also one of Cadiz's most important streets for getting your bearings, shopping and getting to other important places in the old centre.

    The photo you can see is looking down Calle Ancha from Plaza San Antonio, where it begins.

    At the other end of this street you will find COLUMELA which is the main clothes shopping street.

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  • Oratorio de San Felipe Neri

    by blint Updated Nov 21, 2007

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    Built between 1685 and 1719; the plaques you can see covering the surface of the building commemorate the Cortes who sailed for the Americas and gave light to the constitution in 1812.

    You can enter for 2.50€ Mondays to Saturdays 10-13:30

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  • Plaza San Francisco

    by blint Updated Aug 12, 2007

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    Plaza San Francisco really is just another pretty plaza in the centre of Cadiz. Though if you spend much time in Cadiz you'll probably get to know the square really well. Very close to the bus stops and station it is a good meeting point. It is lined with cafes , bars and restaurants and is also very close to the main going out bars for young people.

    Traditionally it was a botellon site where groups of people gathered to drink in the streets with their friends. Now all this has changed due to the new anti botellon laws.

    Plaza San Francisco often features in peoples directions to get to other places so take note of the photo.

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    Spanish language courses

    by annase Updated Jul 11, 2007

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    A thing to do in Cadiz is to attend a Spanish language school for a week. My sister went there for several months, but apparently people kept coming for a week or two whilst enjoying the lovely weather and the beaches.

    The lessons normally run only in the morning 'till 13.30. One the schools is SIC (Spanish in Cadiz). You'll be able to stay at the school's accommodation and make friends with other people who want to learn Spanish :-)

    SIC reception man and two eager students :-)
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    Rent a bike

    by annase Updated Jul 11, 2007

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    The old town of Cadiz is only small, but it is too big to go around the whole thing by foot. Of course, there are sightseeing busses as well, but I opted for more healthy option: bicycle. Good thing about bike is that you can stop where ever you like and once you have finished wondering whatever you stopped to marvel, you can just hop on and ride along to the next intersting bit.

    The traffic wasn't bad either. People will watch out for you in case you are riding on the roads, although it might not always be pleasant to ride on the cobbled streets of the old town. There are of course nice smooth promenades as well, but be aware of the pedestrians if you ride on the pavements! :-0

    Bikes can be rented from:
    Urban Bike Cadiz
    Charges: 3hrs - €7, 6hrs - €10, 24hrs - €14
    The bikes come with a lock and an optional basket.

    Open
    June-Sept 10.00-14.00 and 18.00-20.00 Monday-Saturday
    Oct-May 10.00-14.00 and 17.00-19.00 Monday-Saturday
    Phone and reserve in advace if you want a bike on Sundays

    They speak English and French, have maps and will usually recommend good places to go to without having to have to ask. :-)

    This bike took me to the beaches & the most sights A promenade at the furthest point of the island
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    Torre de Poniente

    by annase Updated Jul 4, 2007

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    The cathedral bell tower, Torre de Poniente, can be accessed via a ramp. Althought the ramp goes almost all the way to the top, it is really not accessible for wheel chairs as there is a winding staircase at the top.

    If you decide to go up to the top, the views over the city and the sea are extremely pretty.

    Open: 15 June to 15 September, daily, 10am-8pm. 16 September to 14 June, 10am-7pm.

    Admission: €4

    The view of the Cathedral Square from the tower A panoramic view from the tower Bellfry The Dome
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  • Museo de Cadiz and Plaza Mina

    by blint Updated Jun 20, 2007

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    The archaeological museum of Cadiz.

    Free for EU members 1,50 for the rest of the world.

    Closed Mondays
    Tuesdays 14:30-20:30
    Wed-Sat 9-20:30
    Sundays 9-14:30

    I've never been inside to be honest (yes I'm embarrassed to say so especially as it is free) but I'm sure it should contain some interesting stuff as Cadiz is the oldest recorded town in EUROPE!

    There is a photo of the museum that you may find useful included in this tip. Click too see the other photos attached.

    You can find it in Plaza Mina; one of the prettiest squares in Cadiz. Filled with trees, birds singing and almost every type of guiri you can imagine.

    Due to the popularity of the square you can sit out and enjoy a drink on one of it's many terrazas. You can also while away the hours bird watching or guiri spotting.

    If you are unfamiliar with the term guiri feel free to ask.

    Plaza Mina Museum Mina five
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  • ESE CAI OE: The yellow submarines

    by blint Updated Jun 13, 2007

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    In 2005-6 Cadiz CF went back into the premiere league although the season after they went back down to the second division.

    Although Cadiz CF is certainly not the best football team is has an incredible following. No other second league team has a full stadium every week like La Carranza in Cadiz. The fans go wild: (especially if playing against local rivals Xerez CF) singing, chanting banging drums etc...

    If you come to Cadiz and like football it is worth going to watch a game just to see the most dedicated fans in Spain. There really is a great atmosphere.

    The photos were taken from my flat window. Yes, I get football for free!

    The team, whose strip are yellow and blue, were nicknamed the Yellow Submarnines by a young supporter as they would (historically) always drop to the bottom of the table then rise back up again at the end (kinda like a sub I suppose and they certainly are yellow!).

    De Cai Pisha!

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  • Plaza San Antonio

    by blint Written Jun 12, 2007

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    Plaza San Antonio is one of the most important squares in Cadiz, not only from the pretty church you can see in the photo, but also because many of the carnaval celebrations are held here in feburary/March. Indeed you could call this the main square of Cadiz.

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    Los Blanco Arch

    by bugalugs Updated Feb 21, 2006

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    Wondering around the city are lots of interesting things to see but there doesnt always seem to be a lot of information about them. This is the Arco de los Blanco which was once part of Alfonso the Wise's Castle, but this gateway along with the Arco de la Rosa are the only two left of these medievil arches from the 13th century.

    Arco de los Blanco
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    Tobacco Factory

    by bugalugs Updated Feb 21, 2006

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    The tobacco factory in Cadiz was built in 1741 under the reign of Felipe V, although no longer a tobacco factory it is now the Congress and Exhibition Hall.
    Across the road is this statue of tobacco workers, although at first I wondered whether they were making sausage rolls and then realised they were actually cigars!

    Tobacco workers
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    Royal Prison

    by bugalugs Updated Feb 10, 2006

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    The Royal Prison or Carcel Real, was built in 1792 by a local man called Torcuato Benjumeda. It has an inner courtyard and was the first building in Cadiz built in the neoclassic style. It is not not a prison anymore but is now the Justice Courts.

    Royal Prison Plaque on Prison wall
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    Walking!

    by bugalugs Written Feb 10, 2006

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    Cadiz is not just a city sticking out into the ocean/sea with lots of buildings of interest, but there are also beaches. You can take a coastal walk that is 4.5km passing some of the beaches nmely Playa de la Caleta and Playa de Santa Maria del Mar.

    Harbour Walk
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    Roman Theatre - Teatro Romano

    by bugalugs Written Feb 10, 2006

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    These roman remains of a theatre are from the 1st century BC! They were discovered in 1980.
    Admission is free
    Opening times 10am-2pm
    Even if you cannot get there for the opening times you it is still plainly visible through the railings.

    Roman Theatre Roman Theatre
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