Cádiz was the last jewel on our cruise with the Eurodam. This city is a wonderful place for cruise fans. When we enjoyed the view from our balcony at sunrise, we saw the roofs of the old town glittering in the morning sun. There was also the Sea Cloud right in front of us to join the Sea Cloud II in port. This was a rare and beautiful sight. When looking towards the port, we saw more interesting cruise ships in the dock Navantia. We were excited to discover one of the oldest cities of Western Europe.
The cruise terminal is located directly in the city. Therefore, all attractions are within walking distance. An ideal starting point for a city tour. We have 4 tips for you on what to do in this gem in southern Spain.
Directly at the exit of the cruise terminal you will see the hop-on hop-off buses. These buses offer a great way to get a first impression of the city. We decided to discover the city first on a bus tour to get from one attraction to another as quickly as possible. Later on we could decide, which attraction or which area we would like to discover longer.
The ticket cost 18 euros per person and included a one-hour walking tour. A complete bus tour took 60 minutes. Around 10 am we started our tour and drove first to the former city gate, the Puerta de Tierra and past the beaches of Cadiz. You might want to get out and sunbathe here.
Then we passed the cathedral with the Golden Dome, the beautiful park Genoves and the city wall. Then the bus drove back towards the harbor, past the dockyards and the El Corte Inglés. Here we got out. The El Corte Inglés is one of the largest department store chains in Europe. It is a great place to go shopping.
In Cadiz is a huge dry dock of the shipyard Navantia. If you’re lucky, you can see rare ships in this port, which are stationed in the dock for repair or inspection. On this day three ships lay in the dock and we wanted to see them. So we got out of the hop-on hop-off bus at the El Corte Inglés and walked up the Calle Emilio Castellar towards the public swimming pool (Piscina de Astilleros). From here you can enjoy a great view of the bridge Puente de la Constitución de 1812 (bridge of the Constitution of 1812), which is commonly called Puente de la Pepa and commemorates the first Spanish Constitution.
On the left we already saw the first ships in the dry dock. We strolled along the beautiful promenade next to the sea towards the dry dock and looked forward to seeing the cruise ships Mein Schiff 3 and The World. The World is a very special cruise ship. It is the largest private residency ship and offers the same amenities like a cruise ship, such as restaurants and pools. This is pure luxury.
Another highlight in the dry dock was the former MS Deutschland, now called The World Odyssey, which has just been modernized to cruise from the 14th of May to the 07th of September 2016 from and to Bremerhaven in Germany. In the summer months, the cruise ship with be operated by Phoenix Reisen and in winter it will be used by American universities as a floating university. Even the writing “Semester at Sea” was placed on the chimney. Isn’t that incredible? Under these circumstances, we would love to study at university again.
Of course, we also explored the old town and tasted some typical food. After our bus tour we walked from the cruise ship to the old town. From Avenida de Puerto we went to the Plaza de San Juan de Dios. Already the palm-lined path with its fountain makes you want to discover more of Cádiz. Baroque buildings with small shops and cafes invited us to stroll through the town. We followed the Calle Pelota to the Cathedral of Cadiz.
In this square you have to visit the pastry shop Casa Hidalgo. For 5.50 euros you could try the famous Turron de Cádiz. This is a Spanish almond specialty filled with jam. We tried an empanada (stuffed pastry) for the only 1.70 euros. This empanada was so tasty, that we thought about eating one more. But we also wanted to try tapas in town and enjoy our dinner aboard the Eurodam in the evening. So we decided not to eat any more in this lovely pastry shop.
Then we walked down the Calle Compañía until we saw the Calle Columela on the right. Here we wanted to try typical tapas in the bar La Taperia de Columela. You have to order the tapas at the counter and pick them up by yourself. The bar is often crowded because the tapas are really cheap and delicious. We had some bread with oil, ham and cheese. Spanish ham is always a delight. Eating in a Spanish tapas bar is a wonderful experience and you should really try that.
After this snack we went on to Calle Novena. From there we walked straight on to Plaza de San Antonio and then to the right again along Calle Buenos Aires to the city wall and the Promenade Alameda Apodaca. While walking along this way, we discovered the beauty of the streets of Cádiz. The Old Town has many romantic buildings with small balconies. You can discover the city best by walking and keeping your eyes open.
The Promenade Jardines de Alameda Apodaca and the city wall of Cádiz are next to the sea and led right back in the direction of the cruise ship. The park offered many beautiful mosaic benches in the shade and many extraordinary plant species. The wide promenade is paved with plates in different patterns. This promenade is decorated with many wonderful plants. While walking along this promenade, you can always enjoy the view of the ocean. There were also wonderful stone columns, which were decorated with ceramic elements.
So we strolled along the promenade back towards the Eurodam. At this part of the city wall, we could also admire old cannons. These old canons next to the sea reminded us of tales of pirates and conquests.
We went on along the wall to the end of the promenade and saw the Eurodam on the right side. Now we looked forward to our evening on board. We reserved a table in the Asian restaurant Tamarind.