From its impressive harbour to its streets packed with Moorish relics, Cadiz is a great introduction to Spain. One minute you can be admiring medieval walls, the next browsing the racks of designer boutiques. It’s one of those cities where a new surprise awaits at every turn.
• Take a look at Cathedral de Cadiz, a take-your-breath-away creation by architect Vicente Acero. Head inside and you’ll see its interior is dominated by a beautiful apse.
• Don’t miss a chance to visit Seville. Famed for its flamboyant flamenco and fiestas, this fragrant orange tree-lined city has a real zest for life. Admire the famous Gothic cathedral, where Christopher Columbus’ tomb lies. Tour the ornate Arabic Alcazar. Then grab a siesta in Parque de Maria Luisa, tasting tapas along the way.
• Take a trip to Jerez, the capital of sherry production and home to the ‘cartujano’ horses.
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Cadiz City Tour►
On this trip, you’ll get to explore photogenic Cadiz, which is thought to be Europe’s oldest city. Kick things off with a short drive along the coast making a stop at Genoves Park. Stroll through the well-groomed gardens to Caleta Bay where things might look familiar. This was one of the filming locations from the James Bond blockbuster, ‘Die Another Day’. Back on the coach, you’ll arrive in the old town, called Plaza San Juan de Dios, where you’ll set off on another walking tour – this time of the city. Your guide will lead you through narrow, cobbled streets, pointing out 18th-century houses and shops, and giving you the background on sights like the Town Hall and the Cathedral. The latter dominates the entire town with its huge gold dome and baroque façade. Later, you’ll cross the busy squares of Plaza San Antonio, Plaza Mina and Plaza España, before emerging in Plaza de Las Flores, where you’ll get a small amount of free time.
For most people, Andalucia means just one thing – Seville. You can’t fail to fall for the charm of this capital city on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. Especially when its orange trees are in flower and the hazy summer days are full of magic. This full-day tour takes you to the heart of Seville and unveils its impressive monuments which date back hundreds of years. Tick off sights like La Giralda, the Almohad Tower, the Alcazar and Mudejar Palace. Plus get an outside view of the third largest cathedral in the Christian world. After free time for lunch, you'll head back to the ship.
Cadiz Panoramic Tour►
The picturesque city of Cadiz is said to be the oldest in Europe, and you’ll get a whistle-stop tour of its highlights on this trip - with a few photo stops thrown in the mix. Setting off you’ll pass the town hall, a neoclassical building that was completed back in 1861. Nearby there’s also Plaza España and a couple of the towns best parks, – Park Alameda and Park Genoves – full of well-tended gardens. Following the coast, we’ll take a photo stop near Playa Caleta at Castillo Santa Catalina – an imposing, 17th-century castle. Your guide will fill you in on its history, before you’re whisked to the city’s impressive cathedral. Here, you can take some photographs of its Baroque exteriors and huge gold dome, or stop for some Spanish coffee at one of the pavement cafés that surround it. Once you’re back on the coach, there’ll be one last photo stop, where you can soak up some spectacular sea views before heading back to the port.