Andalusia, Spain

Cádiz is an important port city in the autonomous community of Andalusia in southwestern Spain. Wondering how to get there, how to travel by ferry from Cádiz and what to see in the region? Read our guide with the best travel and ferry tips about Cádiz, discover the top attractions, see the latest ferry schedules between Cádiz and the Canary Islands, and book the cheapest ferry tickets online on Ferryhopper.

Find useful information about the ferry port of Cádiz and read about holidays in the city:

View to the port of Cádiz from a beachfront pathway

View to the port of Cádiz from the city park

Cádiz ferry port

The port of Cádiz serves ferry routes to the Canary Islands and it’s one of the most important sea hubs in Spain.

The port area offers many services and traveler amenities, such as restaurants, grocery stores, car rentals, hotels, cafes, and gas stations.

As for parking at the port of Cádiz, there are many public and private parking lots in the area, serving passengers taking the ferry, as well as people visiting the city.

Ferries from Cádiz port: schedules and tickets

There are regular ferry routes from Cádiz to the Canary Islands. The ferry company serving routes from the port of Cádiz to the Canaries is Trasmediterránea.

Check Ferryhopper’s Map of ferries for more information about ferries from Cádiz, as well as ferry connections from all ports of Andalusia to the Canary Islands.

Find the latest info on ferry schedules between Cádiz - La Palma, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, and Fuerteventura below:

Ferries from Cádiz to the Canary Islands

You can catch a ferry from the port of Cádiz to the islands of the Canary archipelago during peak season. Occasionally, there are ferries throughout the year. The islands connected by ferry from Cádiz are La Palma, Lanzarote, Tenerife, and Gran Canaria.

Below you can find more details about all Cádiz crossings

  • Ferry from Cádiz to La Palma: The ferry route from Cádiz to La Palma is available every Tuesday in 2021. It takes 53 hours to reach the port of Santa Cruz de La Palma and tickets start around €170 for non-residents.
  • Ferry from Cádiz to Lanzarote: The Cádiz - Lanzarote ferry crossing is in operation once a week, departing from the port of Cádiz every Tuesday at 16:00 and arriving at the port of Arrecife in 27 hours. Tickets for the crossing start at €170.
  • Ferry from Cádiz to Tenerife: The ferry trip Cádiz - Tenerife is serviced every Tuesday at 16:00 in 2021. It takes around 41 hours to reach the port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and tickets are approximately €170.
  • Ferry from Cádiz to Gran Canaria: Traveling from Cádiz to Gran Canaria is possible once a week in the summer and fall of 2021. The duration of the crossing to the port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria from Cádiz is 34 hours and a single ticket costs €170.

Good to know: Permanent residents can get their tickets from Cádiz to the Canary Islands for as low as €43, depending on season and availability.

Ferry from Fuerteventura to Cádiz

If you’re thinking of traveling by ferry from the Canary Islands to mainland Spain, you can also catch a ferry from Fuerteventura (Puerto del Rosario) to Cádiz. The ferry service from Fuerteventura stops at Arrecife in Lanzarote before continuing to the port city of Cádiz.

In the summer of 2021, the ferry route from Fuerteventura to Cádiz is in operation once a week every Saturday.

Good to know: Bear in mind there’s no return trip option for this route, as there are no ferries from Cádiz to Fuerteventura.

The Trasmediterránea ferry to the Canary Islands at the port of Cádiz

Trasmediterránea ferry at the port of Cádiz

Where is the ferry port in Cádiz?

The port of Cádiz is in the northeastern part of the city, within walking distance from the historic city center. The ferry terminal is located close to the Tourist Office of Cádiz, right next to Paseo Canalejas park.

How to get to Cádiz port?

Its proximity to the city center makes the port of Cádiz easy to get to from most downtown hotels. The central bus and train stations of Cádiz are also located by the port.

If you’re heading to the port by car or motorbike, you can approach the terminal driving on Astilleros Avenue, which starts from highway CA34 that connects the city with Puerto Real on the inner side of the Bay of Cádiz.

The port city of Cádiz at night

The port of Cádiz at night

Vacation in Cádiz

The port city of Cádiz is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe, boasting a rich and diverse history dating back to 1100 BCE. The many monuments of the coastal city take travelers through an amazing tour of the different civilizations that flourished in the small Spanish peninsula.

In Cádiz, you can swim in amazing beaches, walk in impressive parks and gardens that are home to rare plants, as well as taste some of the most delicious dishes of the Andalusian cuisine.

Cádiz is also famous for its stunning architecture perfectly combining state-of-the-art infrastructure with beautiful squares and historic buildings in the old town.

You can enjoy safe, family-friendly holidays, experience the lively nightlife or head there during February to take part in the famous Carnival of Cádiz.

Keep on reading for more tips about vacation in the city.

How to get to Cádiz

You can easily get to Cádiz by plane, ferry, train, or your own vehicle from mainland Spain, the Canary Islands, as well as major European cities.

The closest airport to Cádiz is Jerez Airport, which is located 43km north of the port city. The airport serves regular flights from Spanish destinations, as well as large air transport hubs of central and northern Europe during the summer months.

As for ferry routes, Cádiz is connected by ferry with the Canary Islands during the summer and more popular months. Ferry company Trasmediterránea currently operates all ferry routes from and to Cádiz. 

The promenade of Cádiz

Seagull at the harbor of Cádiz

What to do in Cádiz

Cádiz is great for a week-long visit, as a stop before heading to the Canary Islands by ferry or as an Andalusian road trip destination along the southern coast of Spain.

The Spanish port city is popular with travelers mainly during the summer, but you can also enjoy the local culture off-season, during Easter or in February when the big festival takes place.

Get ready to enjoy atmospheric walks in the old town, take amazing photos at the many squares of the city, explore hidden urban oases with exotic plants, and swim in golden-sand beaches facing the vast Atlantic Ocean.

Ferryhopper suggests you spend at least 2-3 days in Cádiz before continuing your adventure by ferry to the Canary Islands. Visit the majestic Cathedral of Cádiz, see the impressive Roman Theater, go shopping at the local market, catch panoramic views of the city from the terrace of the Torre Tavira, and don’t forget to swim in the magical La Caleta beach.

Wanna find out more about Cádiz? Explore the top beaches in the area, learn about the most significant sights and attractions, find useful tips about getting around, and discover how to get by ferry from Cádiz to La Palma, Lanzarote, Tenerife, and Gran Canaria.

Beaches in Cádiz

Cádiz is part of the paradisiacal Costa de la Luz (Coast of Light) facing the Atlantic Ocean. If you’re after long sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, untouched coasts, and sea experiences for all ages and tastes, Cádiz is the perfect destination!

You can enjoy cocktails at beach bars, try wind-surfing and more water sports, have fun with your little ones at kids-friendly beaches or simply enjoy the reinvigorating waters and warm sun.

There are plenty of beaches in the city center of Cádiz, but we recommend that you also get to some of the most remote coasts, to enjoy the ocean vibes to the fullest:

Here are some of the top beaches in the region of Cádiz:

  • Playa de La Cortadura: La Cortadura is a long sandy beach in the city center of Cádiz. It is easily accessible by car, on foot or by public transport, and you can find umbrellas, sun loungers, showers, cafes, and restaurants.
  • La Caleta: The sandy beach of La Caleta is situated on the northern tip of the city of Cádiz, between two castles: Santa Catalina and San Sebastián. There are visitor amenities and it’s worth staying until sunset for the amazing views.
  • Playa de la Ballena: This fine-sand beach is located 48km north of Cádiz. It’s a popular beach, perfect for families with kids, as there’s a kids’ sea playground.
  • La Fontanilla: La Fontanilla is a 40-minute drive from Cádiz. It’s a sandy beach with many restaurants and beach bars nearby.
  • Playa de Valdelagrana: It’s an urban beach with warm shallow waters, close to hotels, restaurants, bars, and visitor services. It has easy access and offers nice views of the Bay of Cádiz.
  • Playa del Chorrillo: Chorrillo beach is situated on the northern part of the Bay of Cádiz. You can easily get there by car or on foot from the town of Rota. The sandy beach is awarded with a Blue Flag!
  • Playa de Santibáñez: This is a long, wide coast on the southern part of La Cortadura in Cádiz city center. There are parking lots near the beach and it’s easily accessible. There’s also a clothing-optional part.
  • Playa de Camposoto: It is a large sandy beach with free parking, 20 minutes from downtown Cádiz by car. There are many chiringuitos for food and drinks, and you can also explore the old war bunkers that are still on the beach.

La Cortadura beach in Cádiz

The sandy beach La Cortadura in Cádiz

Sightseeing and activities in Cádiz

There’s much to see and do in Cádiz. The Spanish port city boasts a rich past, still evident in its urban and natural landscape. Apart from the Carnival of Cádiz, which attracts many travelers every February, there are frequent events of great cultural significance.

We recommend that you walk along the magical esplanade of the city and stroll in its many narrow age-old alleys to discover hidden shops, cute bars and restaurants, as well as more local favorites!

Here are some suggestions for activities and sightseeing in Cádiz by the Ferryhopper Team:

  • Cathedral of Cádiz: The 18th century church, also known as Catedral de Santa Cruz de Cádiz, is located by the sea and you can catch an amazing view of the city from one of its towers.
  • San Juan de Dios square: This large square is located in the city center of Cádiz and it’s a great way to start your day. Have a coffee under the palm trees at one of the cafes, admire the amazing fountains and see the beautiful town hall. 
  • Roman Theater: The ancient theater is said to be built in the 1st century BCE and it was one of the largest Roman theaters back then. You can explore the impressive structure by roaming the streets of the El Pópulo neighborhood.
  • Mercado Central de Cádiz: The central market of Cádiz is a great place to visit if you want to shop local products, have a delicious snack with fresh ingredients or simply partake in the local way of life.
  • Tavira Tower: Cádiz is home to many watchtowers and Tavira is the most popular one. Torre Tavira hosts events and exhibitions, and there’s also a camera obscura, which helps visitors explore the different parts of the city in impressive detail!
  • San Sebastián Castle: The castle of San Sebastián is a fortress located at the end of La Caleta beach. The site was formerly used as a temple, a refuge, as well as a prison.
  • Santa Catalina Castle: The star-shaped fortress is also located at La Caleta beach and it’s worth walking along its impressive walls. If you’re lucky, you can also catch art events and exhibitions taking place in the castle.
  • Genovés park: With amazing views to the Atlantic Ocean, this magnificent park is home to many exotic plants, brought to the Iberian Peninsula by the Spanish expeditions back in the 15th century. It’s a perfect place to walk, relax and enjoy nature.
  • Museum of Cádiz: The Museum of Cádiz is great if you’re curious about the history of the area, dating back to Phoenician, Ancient Greek and Roman times until the 20th century. There’s also an entire floor dedicated to puppets!

Tip: You can explore the city by bike or on a boat tour. This way you get to see most of the city’s impressive monuments and natural wonders with ease.

Genovés park in Cádiz

The beautiful Genovés park in Cádiz

Nightlife in Cádiz

Dancing until dawn? Check! Casual candle-lit dinner at a tapería? Check! Flamenco nights? Check! Cocktails at the beach? Check! Cádiz is one of the top cities for nightlife in Spain. Outdoor terraces, beachfront bars, fish and seafood restaurants are all over the city for a memorable night out!

You will find many restaurants and bars in El Pópulo, the old neighborhood of the city. Most bars in El Pópulo play rock or lounge music. As for nightclubs and loud venues, you can head to the city promenade. 

We recommend catching an art exhibition in the city center, grabbing a bite at one of the chiringuitos by the beach at sunset, walking along Paseo Marítimo for a romantic night, going bar-crawling in El Pópulo, and head to the clubs for intense dancing and drinking!

Tip: Ask locals to point you to “La Punta”, the place to be in Cádiz if you’re looking for clubs, beach parties and drinking with friends at the promenade!

Food in Cádiz

Cádiz is a food lover’s paradise! It encompasses typical Andalusian dishes and tapas, as well as distinct flavors and influences from the Arab cuisine. Due to its seaside location, in Cádiz you try delicious fish and seafood.

We recommend trying the local gastronomy both at fine-dining venues, as well as local taperías and beachfront restaurants.

Here are some of the must-try dishes in Cádiz:

  • Ortiguillas: deep-fried sea anemones
  • Tortillitas de camarones: shrimp fritters
  • Papas con chocos: stew with potatoes and squid
  • Huevas aliñadas: hake roe with fresh tomatoes, onions and olive oil
  • Pollo a la canilla: marinated fried chicken
  • Pescaíto frito: deep-fried fish
  • Pestiños: fried dough with honey, cinnamon and star anise
  • Huesos de santo: marzipan rolls filled with a sugar and egg paste
  • Pan de Cádiz: nougat with candied fruit

Cádiz Tips

Here are some more useful tips about Cádiz to help make your holidays even more enjoyable:

  • You can easily go on a day trip from Cádiz to nearby cities and towns. We recommend visiting Tarifa on the Strait of Gibraltar, as well as Jerez de la Frontera, the famous sherry town of Spain!
  • The distance between Seville and Cádiz is just 1.5 hours on average by train. There are regular train services in the region, to explore much of Andalusia in a single visit.
  • The best place to stay in Cádiz if you’re planning to explore the history and culture of the region is the old center. If you’re visiting Cádiz with your family, you can also stay close to Victoria Beach, which offers many visitor amenities and a safe coast.
  • Tipping is not compulsory in Cádiz, but most people tend to tip generously depending on the service they have received.
  • Cádiz is one of the most affordable holiday destinations in Spain, as there are many options for accommodation, fun and transport for all budgets.
  • The city of Cádiz has made significant efforts to make parts of the city accessible to people with disabilities. Find useful info about accessible holidays in Cádiz and explore more advice for people with disabilities traveling by ferry in Spain.

Cádiz by night

Night stroll at the park with a view to the Church of Carmen

Useful information about Cádiz

Cádiz is a modern, lively city with plenty of traveler services and amenities. There are things to see and do all year long. You can travel to Cádiz solo, with friends and family, as a couple, or with kids.

Most accommodation options are located in the historic center of Cádiz. There are hotels, vacation rentals, hostels and more options depending on your needs and budget. You can also find your dream summer room or home along the coast in the outskirts of Cádiz, as well as in nearby towns and resorts.

As for hospitals, there are quite a few options in Cádiz and the suburbs, so you can enjoy your vacation with peace of mind. There are both private and public clinics in the city center.

You should also know that Cádiz enjoys warmer weather during most of the year due to its southern location. During the summer months, temperatures rise up to 40°C, while in the winter it’s usually around 15°C, but it can get colder.

Tip: Explore more tips about the city on the official tourism website of Cádiz.

Important phone numbers for your stay in Cádiz

Here are some useful contacts for your trip to Cádiz:

  • European emergency number: 112
  • Cádiz bus station: +34956257415
  • Cádiz train station: +34912432343
  • Cádiz Port Authority: +34900720415
  • Jerez Airport: +34956150000
  • Cádiz taxi services: +34956212121
  • San Rafael Ηospital: +34956017200 

Transportation in Cádiz

You can easily get around Cádiz on foot or by bicycle, as the city center is quite small. If you prefer to move around the area to approach more remote places and peaceful coasts, you can do so by car, taxi or bus. There are plenty of taxi ranks and bus stations around the city.

You can also get a ticket for the hop-on-hop-off bus of the city and explore the main attractions. There’s a stop at Plaza de Sevilla.

If you’re thinking of visiting more destinations in Andalusia, you can get around by train or intercity bus. Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, Tarifa, Rota, and Huelva are easily accessible from Cádiz.

Travelers visiting Cádiz from Jerez Airport can reach the city center by car, taxi, bus, or train. Other nearby airports are located in Seville, Gibraltar and Málaga.

Bridge over the Bay of Cádiz

The impressive Constitution of 1812 Bridge of Cádiz at night

Where to book Cádiz ferry tickets online

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