Cadiz

A stunning Baroque cathedral 
A mystic sea city
The amazing Tavira Tower

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Cadiz/Seville

Mysterious, magical atmospheres

Cádiz is among the oldest settlements in Spain and one of the country’s principal ports.

On an MSC Mediterranean cruise excursion, you can visit its old town, built on a peninsula-island, and remaining much as it must have looked in those days, with grand, open squares, sailors’ alleyways and high, turreted houses.

Literally crumbling from the effect of the sea air on its soft limestone, it has a tremendous atmosphere – while slightly seedy, definitely in decline, it is nevertheless full of mystique.

The Museo de Cádiz, the province’s most important, overlooks the leafy Plaza de Mina and incorporates the archaeological museum on the ground floor with many important finds and artefacts from the city’s lengthy history. Almost irresistible, even if you don’t normally go for High Baroque, is the attraction of the huge and seriously crumbling eighteenth-century Catedral Nueva.

Cádiz is one of Spain’s top holiday cruise destinations for its cathedral, too, decorated entirely in stone, with no gold in sight, and in absolutely perfect proportions. On the edge of the Barrio del Populo, the city’s oldest quarter dating from the Middle Ages, lies the “old” or original cathedral, Santa Cruz.

This was one of the buildings severely knocked during the English assault on Cádiz in 1596, causing the thirteenth-century church to be substantially rebuilt. A fine Gothic entry portal survived, and inside there’s a magnificent seventeenth-century retablo with sculptures by Martínez Montañés. A first-century-BC Roman theatre has been excavated behind.

Much closer to us in time, instead, is the eighteenth-century mansion, Torre Tavira, with the tallest tower in the city, from where there are great views over the rooftops to the sea beyond. In addition, one of the most impressive Baroque buildings in the city, the chapel of the Hospital de las Mujeres, houses a brilliant El Greco painting.

Must see places in Cadiz

  • Moorish architecture in Cadiz

    Moorish architecture in Cadiz

  • City Hall

    City Hall

  • Jerez Frontera

    Jerez Frontera

Discover our excursions

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  • CITY TOUR

    CITY TOUR

    CAD01

    Founded on a narrow slice of land jutting out into the Gulf of Cádiz, the eponymous city effortlessly blends the narrow alleyways of its historical quarters with the generously dimensioned avenues of its modern districts. This informative and entertaining sightseeing tour will take you to see the city’s key cultural highlights. After visiting the Plaza de España and the co-located Monument to the Constitution of 1812 near the port itself, your tour continues on to the old city walls and then to the Oratory of San Felipe, a church featuring an elliptical plan and ornate Baroque altar ledges, for an external viewing. A visit to Cádiz Cathedral and Museum follows a refreshing stroll down the shady paths of the beautifully landscaped Genovese Park. Built between 1722 and 1838 on the site of an older cathedral that was destroyed by fire in 1596, the Cathedral is a blend of Baroque and Neo-Classical architectural styles and is crowned by a beautiful golden cupola, a landmark that is as characteristic of the Cádiz skyline as the pyramids are of Egypt. Please note: in case of religious service, the guide will give explanation outside the Cathedral; guests will visit the site individually. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        3:30 h

    • JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, HOME OF SHERRY WINE

      CITY TOUR

      CAD03

      Bottoms up … Jerez is the home of sherry and we will drink to your health during this fun half day outing! Enjoy a 45-minute drive to Jerez de la Frontera, a small, pretty town some 50 km from Cadiz. Visit the wine cellars and learn more about the famous Jerez sherry. Have fun spotting the signatures of celebrities that have visited the wine cellars… and keep your eyes open for the glass of wine and cheese that is on the floor for the cellar mouse! We will end the excursion with a sightseeing tour of Jerez before returning to port. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground inside the cellars and there are many steps therefore is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
      • Tasting included

      • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Easy

      • Duration
        4:30 h

    • SEVILLE

      CITY TOUR

      CAD02

      Upon leaving the port of Cadiz, a 2-hour drive will take you to Seville and your first stop: a guided visit to the city’s impressive Gothic Cathedral, the world’s third-largest church. The tour then continues on foot to Barrio de Santa Cruz, Seville’s Jewish quarter, which is characterised by its quaint, narrow streets and typical local patios. Next up is a stop at the Alcázar, an ancient medieval fortress built by Moorish craftsmen. It was once a residence of the Spanish royal family and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. The last leg of the tour takes you to Maria Luisa’s Park and the Plaza de España, which is surrounded by luxurious pavilions that date back to the Latin-American exposition of 1929. To ensure you keep your strength up, the tour includes a delicious lunch. Please note: if it is not possible to visit the Alcazar, you will visit Pilato’s House; have the program reconfirmed during your cruise. The tour includes walking on uneven ground at the “Barrio de Santa Cruz” and there are many steps inside the Cathedral therefore is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • Limited seats

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        8 h

    • SEVILLE AT YOUR OWN PACE

      CITY TOUR

      CAD06

      After leaving the port, your tour begins with an enjoyable 2-hour drive through the Spanish countryside to Seville, a stunning Spanish city and the capital of the autonomous community of Andalusia. Independent travellers will appreciate having plenty of free time to explore this lovely city at their leisure. The old part of town is the largest in Spain and covers almost 4 square kilometres and Seville harbour, approx. 80 km from the coast, is Spain’s only river port. Whether you check out the monuments and historical buildings, visit the beautiful Cathedral of Seville, which is also the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, or simply stroll through the elegant streets and squares, especially of the charming Jewish Quarter, you will find Seville is an all-round delight. Make the most of a day spent under the Spanish sun, soaking up the authentic Andalusian atmosphere.
      • No guide available

      • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

        Difficulty Level
        Moderate

      • Duration
        7 h

    • WALKING TOUR OF CADIZ

      CITY TOUR

      CAD07

      Undoubtedly, the best way to explore the city of Cadiz is on foot. This guided tour starts near the port in the “Plaza de España” and takes in the “Plaza de la Mina”, the outside of the Museum of Cadiz and “Calle Ancha” where we will stop and admire the XIX century palaces. We will also pass through the lovely walled “San Juan de Dios” Square, located close to the sea and with a magnificent marble fountain. Continue to the Town Hall and Cathedral for exterior visit. You will have some free time to stroll the city before returning to the port. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground in the city centre therefore is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          2:30 h

      • FLAMENCO SHOW & PANORAMIC CITY TOUR

        SOMETHING SPECIAL

        CAD04

        A stunning panoramic tour of Cadiz, the most ancient city in Western Europe and a member of the Most Ancient Towns Network, awaits you for drive-by viewings of the city’s strikingly beautiful plazas, important buildings and historical monuments. The city also boasts an ancient Roman theatre, an 18th-century watchtower and the vestiges of the old town wall. You will have a chance to visit Cadiz Cathedral, a fascinating building merging various architectural styles. Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical elements come together here to form an eclectic mix of outstanding beauty. Keeping the best until last, the tour highlight is a live flamenco show. This authentic demonstration of Andalusia’s traditional dance ends your tour before returning you to your ship. Please note: in case of religious service, the guide will give explanation outside the Cathedral; guests will visit the site individually. Conservative attire recommended for visiting sites of religious importance.
        • Drink included

        • Snack included

        • Limited seats

        • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

          Difficulty Level
          Moderate

        • Duration
          3:30 h

      The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
      Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
       
      Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

      Reach the port

      Port of Cadiz

      This section contains information on how to reach the port.

      Cruise Terminal:

      Puerto de la Bahía de Cádiz
      Darsena de Cádiz
      Plaza de España 17  11006

      Reach the port by

      • Car

        Coming from the North (Seville and Jerez), take the AP-4 Barcelona to Cadiz motorway and exit at the junction signposted for the City Centre (Centro Ciudad – Plaza de España 17). 

        Coming from the Costa del Sol (Malaga), take the A7 motorway and turn off onto the A-381 motorway at the Los Barrios exit, heading towards Jerez de la Frontera. Take the AP-4 just outside Jerez de la Frontera in the direction of Cadiz and exit at the junction signposted for the City Centre (Centro Ciudad – Plaza de España 17).
        Car
      • Train

        There is a local train from the main San Fernando–Bahia Sur Station to the Cadiz city centre station on Plaza de Sevilla.
        There is also a bus service to the city centre, on two runs run by the T. G. Comes company: M – 010 and M – 011. These buses run every 20 minutes.
        Taxis are available from outside the station.
        Train
      • Plane

        Jerez Airport is a 48 km (30-mile) journey from Cadiz City Centre and Port.
        There is a taxi rank immediately outside the airport building.
        Several bus services link the Airport, Jerez del Frontera city centre and Cadiz.
        Plane

      Spain

      Love at first sight
      Love at first sight

      If you’re visiting Spain for the first time, be warned: this is a country that fast becomes an addiction. You might intend to come just for a cruise holiday, a walking tour or a city break, but before you know it you’ll find yourself hooked by something quite different – the celebration of some local fiesta, perhaps, or the otherworldly architecture of Barcelona.

      Even in the most over-touristic Mediterranean resorts of the Costa del Sol, you’ll be able to find an authentic bar or restaurant where the locals eat, and a village not far away where an age-old bullfighting tradition owes nothing to tourism. 


      A holiday to Spain can also show you the large cities of the north like Barcelona, which have reinvented themselves as essential cultural destinations (and don’t all close down for hours for a kip every afternoon). 


      And when the world now looks to Spain for culinary inspiration – the country has some of the most acclaimed chefs and innovative restaurants in the world – it’s clear that things have changed. Spain, despite the current economic uncertainty, sees itself very differently from a generation ago. 

      So should you – prepare to be surprised.