Beaches in Cádiz are so well known and are such an important tourist attraction that sometimes the image of Cadiz becomes one with them. Its stunning white sand beaches and paradisaical surroundings have crowned Cadiz as one of the best beach destinations in Spain. However, Cadiz is much more than its beaches. It is also considered to be one of the best provinces in the world to live in. Do you want to know what Cadiz can offer you? Then keep reading!
Cadiz as a way of life
You have probably heard of the Cadiz “angel”. Although we do not want to fall into clichés, the truth is that when you have traveled to many places, you realize that the atmosphere in Cadiz is very different. We are not sure if it is because of the amount of hours of sunshine that we have every year, almost forced to make more life outside than inside our house; or because of the rhythm of this land that has made the province the cradle of numerous artists. Cadiz’s people know how to overcome their problems and enjoy the good side of life. To come to Cadiz means to forget about the hustle and the bad mood, be delighted by every sunset and every little moment that this place has to offer.
A fascinating climate
One of Cadiz’s treasures is its weather. With an average of 330 days of sunshine per year in coastal populations and an average annual temperature of about 18 ºC, the province of Cadiz is worth visiting at any time of the year. Although it is true that the weather of the Sierra’s villages is more extreme or that very peculiar microclimates exist such as the one in Sierra de Grazalema (the rainiest place in Spain), the reality is that, from March, practically all towns and cities in Cadiz have pleasant temperatures and long and sunny days.
A journey through time
Cadiz has witnessed numerous historical events, such as the Battle of Trafalgar in Los Caños de Meca, the enactment of the 1812 Constitution or the siege of Cadiz by French troops. In addition, it has witnessed how Phoenicians, Romans, Muslims and countless civilizations and cultures have passed through each of Cadiz’s towns and cities. All of them left us their essence as inheritance with every monument, every building and every spot of Cadiz. Therefore, to visit Cadiz means to relive history. That is why Cadiz is more than its beaches. The feeling of walking around Al-Andalus while visiting the White Villages or going back to Roman times with Baelo Claudia is possible in this province.
The most artistic carnival in Spain
In January, people already start to prepare the Carnival with traditional festivals such as the “Erizá” and the “Ostioná”. In February the festivals par excellence start with the group contest of Falla and keep on going for more than ten days of partying in the streets. Although the Falla contest is only held in Cadiz city, the truth is that almost every city and town in the province have their own local contest and their own festivals and traditions when it comes to celebrating Carnival. Everywhere you will be able to enjoy the lyrics of comparsas, chirigotas and choirs, the confetti and the streamers and the muscatel wine. A party that each year gains more followers and that will give you a compelling reason to see why the province of Cadiz is much more than just its beaches.
The most Andalusian tradition
The province of Cadiz is TUDESTINO if you want to experience first hand the most typical and ancient traditions of Andalusia. The Holly Week is one of the most deeply rooted celebrations of the Andalusian. Whether you are a religious person or not, it is a celebration worth seeing. Its music, the majesty of its processions and the history and culture behind it make this festival a piece of art that leaves no one indifferent. The other emblematic Andalusian festival is the fair. Every town has its own and, although each one is different in customs and traditions, you will find common elements in all of them: sevillanas, flamenco dresses and Jerez wine. The first fair starts in April and the fun does not stop until late September.
The White Village Route
19 towns make up the most beautiful and charming routes of Andalusia (and, probably of Spain) Its whitewashed walls, its small stone streets, the flowers in the patios and squares, and the gabled roofs make each of these towns a small piece of art worth visiting. Because these towns follow the traditional structure of Arab towns, this route will take you to the wonders and charms of Al-Andalus. Now you can see how Cadiz is much more than its beaches, don’t you?
Wine tourism around the world of Jerez
The Designation of Origin “Jerez Xérès Sherry” is responsible for the wine tourism, being one of the most relevant tourist claims in the province of Cadiz. The Production Area spreads out through Cadiz: Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Trebujena, Chipiona, Rota, Puerto Real and Chiclana de la Frontera. The Jerez and Manzanilla wines are made in the province of Cadiz. These wines are known worldwide and, year after year, they win all kinds of awards and recognitions. Through the wineries, spread over various municipalities such as Jerez de la Frontera, Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Chiclana, you will be able to learn about the history of our wine, see how it is made and everything related to this fascinating world.
A cuisine with tradition and first-rate ingredients
Thanks to our privileged geographical position, our star products are the fish and shellfish. You can try them made in the oven, grilled or fried; in any recipe and with any accompaniment, from wedge sole to cuttlefish and the best tuna. Cadiz is probably a unique gastronomic destination for lovers of seafood. Here you will find much more, since our Mediterranean cuisine also has prestigious cheeses such as payoyo, the best olive oils and the best meats, such as retinto meat. A rich, varied and traditional gastronomy for your body and soul.
A fantastic nature to enjoy active tourism
The province of Cadiz is known for its incredible beaches and the large variety of water sports that are you can practice there. But have you heard about Sierra de Cádiz and its wonderful natural parks? The Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park, Los Alcornocales Natural Park, Breña y las Marismas de Barbate Natural Park or Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park are some of the many places where you can feel the nature up close. Endless landscapes and environments with which you can blend in, either through routes, environmental tourism, active tourism like canyoning, and a long etcetera. Dare to experience Cadiz from the skies doing paragliding or release your adrenaline by jumping into the void with bungee jumping. Another way to get to know Cadiz that will not disappoint you.
A relaxing place
If you are looking for somewhere to get lost and relax, Cadiz is your place. The accommodation possibilities in the province are endless. Imagine waking up in a charming accommodation, a beachfront campsite, in a rural house in the middle of the Sierra or taking a break in a hotel with everything included. All this and more is possible here, in Cadiz. There are lots of ways to enjoy the province and, most importantly, to rest. Visit and get to know Cadiz not only in summer, but every day of the year. Let yourself go and be amazed by unforgettable places!