Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in all of Europe and also one of the densest populated urban areas of Spain. Cadiz offers several plaza highlights, enjoyed by locals and tourists and of course cruise ship passengers on their Cadiz Sightseeing Shore Excursions!
Your Cadiz Spain sightseeing shore excursion begins when you meet your shore excursion guide just outside your Cadiz cruise terminal and board the air-conditioned excursion transportation. The Cadiz city sightseeing ride includes a panoramic tour of both, the Old Cadiz City section and also New Cadiz, starting with the world-famous protective wall of Puerta Tierra. Once used to keep out the enemy, today this interesting construction is open on both sides, allowing traffic to enter Old Cadiz City.
Enjoy scenic views of Campo del Sur, the amazing coastline along popular Caleta Beach! You will also see both, the Santa Catalina and San Sebastian castles, as your sightseeing excursion guide will share all about their historical importance with you. Santa Catalina is a fortress almost untouched by time and is a fine example of the military architecture of the Modern Era of Spain and the Mediterranean, offering important educational and cultural events. San Sebastian is a fort built in 1706, on a small island just off Cadiz's shore.
You will then visit the Grand Falla Theater, named after the famous composer Manuel de Falla. The theater is used every year for the Cadiz Carnaval shows and competitions. Then, this Cadiz sightseeing excursion will continue on foot (approximately for 1 mile).
The walking part of this Cadiz City Sightseeing Cruise Excursion takes approximately 2.5 hours, with time allowing for several stops along the way to refresh, use restroom facilities, browse souvenir shops, have a snack or drink, etc. The route starts with Genoves Park, the largest extension of greenery within Cadiz City with an impressive botanical garden along with unique monuments and fountains.
Next, you will reach the Plaza Espana and the renowned monument of the 1812 Constitution. It is a semicircular wall with a large column in the middle, equestrian statues on each side, representing war and peace, and sculptures of citizens watching. Then you are off to San Francisco Square, famous for its numerous restaurants and bars, once part of the Franciscan Monastery.
Next on the Cadiz sightseeing excursion list is Alameda Apodaca, one of the most popular places of Cadiz, with gardens full of colorful vegetation and centenaries trees. Another notable characteristic of Alameda Apodaca is the use of glazed ceramics and decorated lamp posts.
Your Puerto Cadiz Sightseeing Cruise Shore Excursion continues to Casino Gaditano a Baroque building, your excursion guide will gladly point out the most important highlights as throughout this city sightseeing tour. Walk past Flower Square, famous for its colorful stalls selling fresh local flowers and bouquets. The Cadiz Cathedral is next. This important cathedral is visible from almost every point in Cadiz, its unique yellow dome is visible even from the ocean!
Last but not least, get to know San Juan de Dios Square. Formerly, the Main Square of Cadiz was built right next to the entrance gates of the protective wall, "The Populo". Many interesting buildings overlook this square including City Hall, the Church of San Juan de Dios, and the Pazos Miranda House.
After your guided Cadiz city sightseeing cruise excursion, your guide will take you back to your Cadiz cruise ship terminal or you may remain downtown and return at your own responsibility. This is a great Cadiz, Seville, Spain shore excursion to get to know Cadiz and its unique history, culture, architecture, etc.
On this special Cadiz City Sightseeing Cruise Excursion, visit Puerta Tierra, San Sebastian, Plaza Espana, and much more! This is a half-panoramic, half-walking shore excursion of Cadiz Spain!