Enjoy a guided panoramic tour of Cádiz and its bay by motor coach and on foot. Visit important monuments and landmarks with commentary along the way.
-Views from the coach include Cádiz Congress Palace, Santo Domingo Church, Roman Theatre, the old Royal Prison, La Alameda Apodaca, the Phoenician port of La Caleta
-Walking tour highlights include Plaza de España, Plaza de la Mina, Cádiz Museum exteriors, Calle Ancha
-Cathedral: Witness its interiors, ranging from 13th-century Baroque to 19th-century neo-classical styles
Begin your half-day tour with a guided panoramic motor coach ride from the port of Cádiz to the historical center of the town and its bay. Your guide will provide commentary on the important monuments and landmarks along the way. Watch for the Mudejar-style tobacco factory, built in 1741 which now serves as the present Cádiz Congress Palace. Pass the Cuesta de las Calesas (Chaises Hill) for a glimpse of Santo Domingo Church. With its lateral façade of marble and an “Hornacina”, it contains the Virgin of El Rosario, Cádiz patroness.
Continue past the monumental old Royal Prison, one of the most admired Andalusian neoclassical buildings for both its simplicity and elegance. Its construction began in 1794 and was finished in 1836. Pass the Roman Theatre and the new and old cathedrals. Pass the ancient Phoenician port of La Caleta, San Sebastian and Santa Catalina Castles, and the remaining walls that formerly protected the city. See the Parque del Genoves, designed by Eduardo Genoves and formerly called Paseo de las Delicias (Delights Promenade). It is one of the biggest green areas of the city and is a classic botanical example with its monuments and fountains.
Pass through La Alameda Apodaca, beginning from the baluarte de la candelaria and finishing at the San Carlos wall through a wooded area into more gardens, fountains and cast iron balustrades. The origin of the Alameda Apodaca dates from 1617 to 1750. Your panoramic motor coach tour concludes at the Plaza de España, very close to the port.
Begin your walking tour with a visit to Plaza de la Mina. Like most of the Cádiz squares, Plaza de la Mina, designed by Torcuato Benjumeda, was an old large vegetable patch belonging to the San Francisco Convent. See the exterior of the Cádiz Museum which contains three different collections: archaeological with Phoenician and Roman remains, a series of paintings by Murillo and Zurbaran, and works including the famous Aunt Norica Puppets. Stroll the Calle Ancha (Wide Street) passing the XIX century palaces.
Pause for a visit of the cathedral to view its eclectic evolution from 18th-century Baroque style to 19th-century neo-classical style. Its construction lasted 116 years, from 1722 and finished in 1838. Proceed to the walled San Juan de Dios Square, adjacent to the sea with a unique marble fountain. Continue to the Town Hall, the building that best reflects the style and character of the city. At the conclusion of the visit to the Town Hall, rejoin your motor coach to return to the ship.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.
-Local currency (Euros) for shopping
What to Wear:
-Comfortable walking shoes
-Please dress conservatively. Shorts or bare shoulders are not permitted in the cathedral.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 2 miles (approximately 2.5 hours) over even surfaces with 15 to 25 steps.
-On Sundays and special holidays, the cathedral will be closed due to mass service. Should the cathedral be closed during your visit, guides will give an explanation outside and guests will then enter on an individual basis to view the interior quietly and reverently.