Located in the autonomous community of Andalusia, Cadiz is a city in southwest Spain. According to the 2011 census the city had a population of 124 thousand. The city is home to the Spanish navy as well as beaches and historic structures, making it a tourist destination. Cadiz was founded by the Phoenicians, who named the city Gadir meaning ‘The Wall’. The city is located 651 km from Madrid, 124 km from Seville, and 219 km from Huelva. The Carnival of Cadiz, which is known as the world’s best carnival, is held every year; throughout the year they tend to carnival preparations. Cadiz is also home to one of Spain’s most beautiful beaches. La Caleta Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Cadiz.
The city has an arid climate, with highs of 25 degrees and lows of 9 degrees throughout the year. The region gets little rainfall throughout the year but it is very humid. Among places to visit in the city are the Spanish navy base, University of Cadiz, Church of San Antonio de Padua, Royal Prison (The Carcel Real), and the Tavira Tower.
There is no airport in Cadiz, which is a port city. While the closest airport is Jerez Airport, Sevilla International airport is preferred as it has more inbound flights.
If your plane is landing at Jerez Airport, the airport is around 45 km away from Cadiz. It’s possible to get to the city by taxi but this would cost you 50 euros. It's possible to reach Cadiz in 30 minutes under normal traffic conditions by renting a car and following the A4 highway. You can easily find car rental agencies in the baggage claim area. The cost of the car may depend on the type, size, and extra features of the car, but it’s possible to rent a car per day for 11 euro. You can also reach Cadiz by taking the train from the station to the west of Jerez Airport. The journey takes 46 minutes.
There are also shuttle buses going from the airport directly to Cadiz. If the prices of these shuttle buses seem to high for you, then you can take this or the taxi to the city centre, and then continue by public bus services once you are there. The total travelling time can go up to 1 hour.
If you decide to reach Cadiz through Sevilla International Airport, then the most comfortable and practical alternative is to rent a car. You can find car rental agency desks in the ground floor of the main terminal. If you take the AP4 or A4 road you should reach Cadiz in about an hour and a half. There is a train station quite close to Sevilla International Airport. By using the free services from the airport, you can reach this station and from here take a train going to Cadiz. There are frequent departure times from this station and the journey takes approximately 2 and a half hours. Buses going to Cadiz don’t leave from the airport but you can take a bus or taxi to the city centre and take a bus going to Cadiz from there. The journey by bus to Cadiz from Sevilla city centre takes around 2 hours. You can get to central Sevilla for 30 euro by taxi or 4 euro by bus.
When planning your journey you shouldn’t forget that taxi fares are higher during the weekends in Spain, and that they charge extra for each of your luggage items. You will also need an internationally recognised drivers licence to rent a car.
Last Updated: 26 Feb 2018