Cadiz is in style because of its climate, its privileged position, its monuments, its historical footprint, its cultural facilities, its beaches, its gastronomy and the warmth of its people. There are many places, of great and spectacular patrimony, that deserve to be visited in this wonderful city. From the Cathedral to the castles of Santa Catalina and San Sebastian, passing through the Roman Theatre or the Gran Teatro Falla, not forgetting other points of interest such as the Tavira Tower, the church of San Antonio de Padua or the Archaeological and Fine Arts Museum of Cadiz. This small town, where everything is relatively nearby, is home to many architectural and cultural treasures. From Oway we send you this order: how many of these treasures will you be able to visit? Each and every one of them has its own particularities, histories and precious artistic capital. Are you ready for the tour? Let's get started.
The Cathedral, the worship’s house
It’s known by many names such as Santa Cruz over the sea, Santa Cruz over the Waters or also known as the New Cathedral although it is backed by 116 years. The construction began with a baroque style and ended up turning towards the neoclassical in its facade, towers and domes, as well as in most of the altarpieces and the main altar. Just looking at the Cathedral from the exterior is a delight. The reason why it is a delight is because its main facade is impressive and full of movement with its concave and convex shapes and because its three sober porches. Besides, In addition, one of its most distinctive exterior elements is the Clock Tower, from where you can appreciate a complete view of the entire city and its horizon mixed with the waters of the Atlantic. Inside, you can enjoy the majesty, religiosity and worship to his pictorial works, chapels and sanctuaries. It is an authentic joy.
Gran Teatro Falla, home of the Carnival
Its exterior red brick is decorated with horseshoe arches and neo-Mudejar style and Arab interior with great richness and color. This is how this Gran Teatro appears, which is the venue for the Cadiz Carnival competition for groups, as well as for the Ibero- American Theatre Festival. Many of the artistic manifestations that traverse the city end up in this cultural epicentre of first level. This theatre is named after the famous Cadiz musician who is the city's favorite son.
Castle of Santa Catalina, fortification next to the Caleta
In the past, it was built to defend one of the most vulnerable fronts of access to Cadiz: the maritime entry point of the Caleta beach. It is an example of military architecture that has survived to the present day without significant changes, practically unalterable. Today, the Santa Catalina Castle has become a great cultural space, very versatile, which includes workshops, exhibition halls and serves as a setting for concerts and summer activities in its weapons courtyard. It has tremendous views of the Caleta beach.
Castle of San Sebastian, a subcity of cinema
It is a real treasure perfectly preserved and a fortification that penetrates the sea, in the breakwater of the Caleta beach. It has been repaired and rehabilitated with the intention of turning it into an essential place for its visit for both locals and travelers. It is almost a type of walled subcity, inside the sea, totally mixed with its maritime contour, and that looks like it has been taken from a good Hollywood film. Seeing yourself walking into the sea and contemplating the city from the castle are experiences that you will undoubtedly have to try.
This is one of the oldest theaters in the peninsula. This is one of the oldest theaters in the peninsula. It has very archaic features, with stairs embedded in the rock, with a parabolic profile, and with a surface that sits on an uneven ground. All of this gives a special appeal to this Roman Theatre which was built around 70 B.C. and the one which has gone through different stages of sacking, erosion and cultural shocks. A date with Roman history and architecture.
Gate of the Earth
It is an element of great heritage and historical importance for Cadiz and it contains a central vault, its tower and the upper promenade. These are the pillars of this Earth Gate, which was built and enlarged in the 18th century. The impressive and majestic facade has an elegant marble portico like a triumphal arch that presides over the monument. And on the two sides, bastions of San Roque and Santa Elena. In addition to the mentioned areas fitted out for the visit, this monument also houses the premises of the Lithographic Workshop Museum and the Puppet Museum.
Monument to the Cortes of Cadiz, beauty and majesty
It was Built in the second decade of the twentieth century, and it is located in Plaza España. It aims to pay tribute to this crucial and culminating point in history in which a very important Constitution was adopted in 1812. To do so, they have raised a set of large dimensions in the shape of a hemicycle, a metaphor for the current Legislative Chamber. In addition, it is surrounded by gardens that end up staging an extremely attractive complex.
Chapel of San Felipe de Neri
At the end of the 17th century, the master builder Blas Díaz created a prayer temple dedicated to San Felipe Neri. It is an environment of elliptical ground plan with baroque decoration of the highest level. Its spectacular altarpiece is only a sample of the careful work carried out by the architects, and it frames a magnificent image of the Immaculate Conception, work of Murillo, a master piece of the painter. However, besides being one of the best decorated buildings, it is a place that marked the recent history of Spain. On the outside, tombstones recall one of the most important events of the 19th century: on 19 March 1812 this was the place where the courts promulgated the Political Constitution of the Spanish Monarchy. A visit that mixes the taste for baroque art and the history of our nation.