This port city of Andalucia Spain is a photographer’s dream. With an impressive skyline featuring more than 100 Spanish Navy watchtowers, as well as the iconic Cadiz Cathedral dome, Cadiz has a distinct Latin American feel that sets it apart from other Spanish cities. Beautiful beaches, tapas bars and lively plazas make Cadiz a destination worthy of a few days in your travels through Spain. To help you plan, we’ve rounded up the best neighborhoods of Cadiz Spain, and hotels in Cadiz for every budget.
We will cover off all types of Cadiz accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Cadiz hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Cadiz, the best Cadiz hotels, best places in Cadiz to visit, the best places to stay in Cadiz, hotels near Cadiz attractions, Cadiz neighborhood guide and many more.
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Old Town – Where to stay in Cadiz for first timers
Old Town Cadiz is the perfect place to stay in Cadiz for those looking to explore the history of the town. Within the walls of the old city, you’ll find evidence of the Roman and Moorish occupations, stroll through narrow, winding streets and enjoy Gothic and neo-classical architecture. Several plazas are dotted throughout Old Town, including Plaza San Antonio, Plaza de San Francisco, Plaza San Juan de Dios and Plaza de Mina, also home to the museum of Cadiz. Don’t miss a trip up the Torre Tavira for 360-degree views of Cadiz from one of the 18th century observation towers.
Best places to stay in Old town
La Viña – Where to stay in Cadiz for nightlife
Adjacent to Old Town and area known as Barrio de la Viña. The area once housed orchards and vineyards before becoming the fishing quarters of Cadiz. This is also where you’ll find the nearest beach to downtown, Caleta Beach. Caleta Beach has plenty to offer, including restaurants and beach hotels. With tapas bars and many restaurants, La Viña is a great place to stay in Cadiz for nightlife. La Viña is home to Cadiz’s Carnival, so note the time of year you are visiting and plan ahead!
Best places to stay in La Viña
Playa Victoria – Where to stay in Cadiz with family
One of the most popular beaches in Cadiz is Playa Victoria, or Victoria Beach. This is where you’ll find the majority of beach hotels in Cadiz, as well as dozens bars and restaurants. Playa Victoria is a popular nightlife spot of Cadiz as well. The beach itself is award-winning for cleanliness and facilities.
Beachgoers can hire chairs, umbrellas and boats. It’s a very popular beach with the locals, and there are sports fields here as well, for beach rugby and volleyball. If you prefer a quieter beach, just head next door to Santa María del Mar, which has two breakwaters which keep the waters calm, perfect for families visiting Cadiz with children.
Best places to stay in Playa Victoria
Santa Maria – Where to stay in Cadiz on a budget
Just outside the Old Town area is Santa Maria, which lies at the Puerta de Tierra. For budget travelers visiting Cadiz, this is a great option as hotel prices are lower, but you are still within walking distance to most of the attractions of Old Town. This is more of a local barrio, so you won’t find the tourist restaurants and tourist prices, just good Spanish food and culture. Beaches are a bit further afield in Santa Maria, hence the more affordable accommodation options.
Best places to stay in Santa Maria
San Carlos – Where to stay in Cadiz with kids
Another local neighborhood of Cadiz is San Carlos. For families seeking an apartment rental during their Cadiz stay, this residential area is perfect. A bit more upscale then Santa Maria, San Carlos is centered around the Plaza de Espana, and overlooks the port. Casa de la 4 torres, or the House of Four Towers, is one of the main tourist attractions in San Carlos. Staying in San Carlos means you’ll have the conveniences of a residential area, with markets and restaurants, with the attractions of Old Town not far away.
Best places to stay in San Carlos:
Affordable Luxury Hotels in San Carlos:
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Sanlúcar de Barrameda – Where to stay in Cadiz for nature lovers
If you want to stay off the beaten path, but in the Cadiz region, consider Sanlúcar de Barrameda, a city 50 kilometers north of Cadiz. This area is known for horse racing, and borders the Doñana National Park, a haven for nature lovers and bird watchers.
It’s in a region known as the Sherry Triangle, and you’ll find many sherry cellars sprinkled throughout the countryside. Of course, there are fabulous beaches here, as well. This is the best place to stay in the Cadiz province if you are seeking a relaxing countryside getaway, and plan to explore the surrounding areas by car.