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Occidental Cádiz

4/5

1293 reviews


Just 100 m from Victoria Beach
Flexible meeting rooms
Hotel in the centre of Cádiz perfect for couples, families or business trips
Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
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Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri

4.5/5

2872 reviews


The best Andalusian cuisine at hotel restaurants
On the seafront in Chiclana de la Frontera
The largest Spa and Wellness Centre in Andalusia
35,000 m² tropical botanical gardens
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Cádiz is one of the favourite destinations in Andalusia for different types of travellers: couples that plan a romantic getaway, families accompanied by their pets who want to go on holiday in the Andalusian province, groups that meet in the capital for conventions, sports lovers such as golfers and surfers, and those who are simply looking for peace and relaxation.

Tourists choosing to spend their holiday in this destination can lose themselves in the beauty of the ocean, as well as the charm and tradition of the Cádiz towns. One of the most popular is Chiclana, a charming place with access to some of the most admired beaches of Cádiz, like Sancti Petri and Costa Ballena. Another popular town of Cádiz is Jerez, known worldwide for attracting the attention of GP Motorbike racing enthusiasts at the Jerez Circuit.


The capital is considered the oldest city in the West, with more than 3,000 years of history. Cádiz, the capital, saw the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans pass through its lands; it was also the home of Arabs for centuries. A truly attractive tourist and historical destination, where one can find the Teatro Falla, a rich cultural centre in the capital where numerous events are held.

This Andalusian enclave has wonderful weather, great food, monuments, leisure and sports activities, and a magnificent list of charming hotels, mainly those near the beach areas. Without a doubt, the perfect ingredients to spend an excellent holiday in Cádiz. But where can you find the best hotels on the coast of Cadiz?

Choosing a hotel in Cádiz

The province of Cádiz receives visits all year round, both in its interior and its coastal area. As an attractive destination, it is common for many visitors to wonder where to stay in Cádiz when planning their trip.

If it’s a recreational trip, visitors can choose to spend their holiday next to the Atlantic Ocean, as it is possible to find many hotels on the coast of Cádiz, some of them right on the seafront. In this way, one can easily enjoy the charming beach areas bathed by the Atlantic.

In addition, these hotels also offer 5-star services, such as the luxury treatment you can enjoy at the Sancti Petri hotel, Royal Hideaway Sancti Petri, which has the largest Spa in Andalusia and offers an oasis of sun, sea and luxury on the coast of Cadiz. This hotel has 5 outdoor swimming pools with hydromassage, night club, bowling alley, entertainment, unique experiences and a wide variety of restaurants with the seal of exceptional quality of Royal Hideaway nightclub, Irish Pub, bowling alley, entertainment and a wide variety of restaurants with the Barceló Hotel Group seal of quality.

There are also many visitors travelling to this Andalusian province for professional reasons such as conferences. In these cases, a hotel in Cádiz capital is usually selected so as to make the most of any free moments in between. Located in the city of Cádiz, there is the Occidental Cádiz, an Urban Beach hotel that offers endless advantages for getting the most out any visit to the city, so visitors can discover the charm of Cádiz, also known as the “Tacita de Plata” (Little Silver Cup), considered the oldest city in the West. Connected with all the city's main tourist attractions, this hotel stands out among all the hotels in Cádiz as it is located just 100 m from the Victoria beach, the best city beach in Europe, and very close to the Palacio de Congresos (Conference Centre) of Cádiz.

For travellers who are looking for a round of golf in Cádiz, the Barceló Costa Ballena Golf & Spa stands out among the best hotels in the province; it features a beautiful Andalusian style and, as its name suggests, it is situated opposite a magnificent golf course. Another option is to stay in the Barceló Montecastillo Golf, where guests enjoy waived green fees. The province has many places to choose from. Discovering and learning about everything that Cádiz has to offer before your trip will ensure you enjoy an unforgettable holiday experience.

Things to do in Cádiz

Discover the best beaches in Cádiz

The beaches are practically the best of Cadiz and there’s nothing to envy of the rest of Andalusia. Its fine, white sand spreads across spacious areas near the waters of the Atlantic, offering breathtaking views of the varied blue tones of the ocean. From city-based beaches to virgin beaches, Cádiz has many pleasant spots beside the ocean that you’ll fall in love with.

The historic Caleta Beach

Located in the north of the capital of Cádiz, next to the west of the old town, it is a beach with historybecause over its sands passed cultures from the Phoenicians to the Romans. This is such a special beach where even the stones have been named, visitors are especially drawn by the landscape when the tide goes out.

It is also characterised by the architecture of the ancient spa town of Nuestra Señora de la Palma and Real, an area transformed into the Underwater Archaeology Centre. It is not an area where water sports are practised, therefore it is the perfect spot to share with your family or to make a romantic getaway. It is also only a short distance away from the Port of Cadiz, the ideal place for relaxing walks.

La Barrosa Beach

This beach, which belongs to Chiclana de la Frontera, has a Blue Flag status that certifies the excellent quality of its surroundings. Its golden sand extends over 7 km of beach and its waters are peaceful and shallow. La Barrosa offers many services for all its visitors, from bars and restaurants to public parking.

In the area closest to this beach, belonging to Chiclana de la Frontera, a Blue Flag certifies the excellent quality of its surroundings. Its golden sand extends over 7 km of beach and its waters are peaceful and shallow. La Barrosa offers many services for all its visitors, from bars and restaurants to public parking.

In the area nearest to La Torre del Puerco, there is a building from the 16th century where the inhabitants would guard and watch for the arrival of invaders. Its surroundings are more natural due to the presence of pine trees and sand dunes. It was built in the 16th century from where the inhabitants guarded the possible arrival of invaders, the environment is more natural thanks to the presence of pine trees and dunes.

Victoria Beach

This beach is situated towards the south of the Cádiz capital and extends over 3 km. The Blue Flag certifies a quality brand’s care and preparation for guests who want to swim in their waters, even offering free bracelets so that the youngest members of the family do not get lost.

The Town Hall of Cádiz usually hosts sports and cultural events, such as film screenings, and the promenade area allows you to enjoy many bars and restaurants.

Costa Ballena Beach

For travellers who wonder what to do at Costa Ballena, visiting the beach is a must. This artificial beach was created after the area’s urbanisation and today it’s a relaxing spot for many visitors, who go for bike rides or visit the place at sunset to contemplate the stunning landscape.

There are many visitors who play golf in Costa Ballenaand even though your main objective is to play your favourite sport, you can also relax on the beach.

The enchantment of Sancti Petri Beach

Sancti Petri was a fishing village for many years and today it is a ghost town. Today the fishing port is still accessible, as well as the marina, where ferry excursions and water sports are organised. The landscape of its beach is practically untouched, so one can observe the presence of dunes and natural vegetation. It is probably its enchantment that allures many couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day in Sancti Petri.

Would you like to know what to do in Sancti Petri besides visiting the beach? There is an islet with a castle, a military fortification from the 16th and 17th centuries that is possible to visit from the marina. There are numerous cultural and entertainment activities organised in this castle.

Eat traditional dishes in Cádiz

Enjoying the delicious cuisine of Cádiz is a quintessential experience on a trip to the province. Enjoy high quality cuisine as well as typical specialities from Cádiz, from seasoned eggs to the tasty “arranque roteño” (gazpacho with a twist), and the “gañotes de ubrique” (a traditional sweet treat). And, of course, the exquisite prawns and the famous tuna, caught locally using traditional methods.

The fishing industry has been the engine of trade in Cádiz for many years, which is why many of its main dishes contain fresh fish, which fishermen keep catching to this day. For example, stews with dogfish, monkfish or sea bass.

The different beaches of Cádiz have seaside walks, bars and restaurants that embrace the traditional cuisine of the province. For example, eating in Costa Ballena is definitely an option because several bars and restaurants are located near the beach.

Going out for tapas in Cádiz is a tradition that even the locals take advantage of so they can enjoy their own culture while on holiday. There are various tapas bars in Cádiz capital where they serve their best specialities to delight the palate of every guest.

Besides the cuisine, the wine in Jerez is of high interest to tourists and probably one of the most popular in Spain. That is why visitors who choose to eat in Jerez don't want to miss out on sampling the best wines.

Discover what there is to see in the province of Cádiz

The province of Cádiz presents emblematic places from its coastal area to its highlands. For those who opt for a holiday on the Cádiz coast, you can enjoy a stroll through the capital or through some of the most interesting places in the province.

Visit Cádiz capital

Many travellers come to the“Tacita de Plata”for business trips, and others come for tours; in both cases, it is possible to visit Cádiz in one day.

 

InCádiz the city,must-see places of interest are found in the old town. For example,Cádiz Cathedral, a Baroque and Neoclassical building constructed between the 18th and 19th centuries. The Torre Tavira,which is in the centre of Cádiz, is the reminder of the power that the capital had for commercial transactions between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean, because from its highest point, it was possible to keep a watchful eye on boats coming in and out.

 

Another attraction in the city is the Puerta de Tierra. This monument marks the separation between the old part of the city and the new. If there is any architectural beauty worth visiting, one must undoubtedly consider thecastles in Cádiz, calledSanta Catalina Castleand San Sebastián Castle. Finally, the list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Cádiz Museum, where exhibitions help visitors learn more about the extensive history of Cádiz. 

 

The capital is not only popular in summer, but also at any time of the year, as many couples opt for celebrating New Year’s Eve in Cádiz.

The charm of Chiclana de la Frontera

It is one of the most enchanting villages in Cádiz because it boasts two of the most popular beaches for travellers: Playa de la Barrosa and Playa de Sancti Petri.

Thanks to the presence of Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, the town enjoys a landscape of dunes, salt planes and pine trees where you can enjoy a visit adapted to all members of the family. With its stunning views of the village, visitors opt to climb along the hill where the Ermita de Santa Ana is located, the patron saint of the town.

Visitors wishing to immerse more into the culture and the traditions of the town - especially learning more about the local cuisine - it is worth taking a stroll through the Mercado de Abastos, in the heart of the town. The Convent of Jesús Nazareno also reflects the cultural identity of the people, highlighted by the white and yellow colours that decorate its Baroque design.

Jerez de la Frontera, a meeting point

Although Jerez de la Frontera has become a meeting point for golf lovers and for holding conventions, it is a city that has several tourist attractions. For this reason, guided tours are organised to the most important heritage sites of Jerez where you can observe the beauty of the Cathedral and sense the spirit of the Arabic Cathedral. The Alcázar de Jerez.

Situated on the outskirts of the city area, Jerez Circuit is an attraction for motorcycle racing enthusiasts and besides the classic GP Motorbike GP race, other sporting events are often held. Another point of interest for those visiting the town is the Fundación Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, where fascinating horse and rider shows are prepared. The school is prepared for visits so people can learn more about the customs of equestrian discipline.

Play golf in Cádiz

For golf lovers who want to play their favourite sport on their trips, Cádiz is an ideal location thanks to the pleasant climate and the selection of several clubs suitable for the most expert golfers, and also for those who want to start practising this fascinating sport. These clubs hold golf tournaments, introductory classes and more services that you can enjoy during a holiday or attending conferences and incentive trips.

Play golf in Costa Ballena

The most popular club in this area is the Costa Ballena Ocean Golf Club, located very close to the beach. The course was designed by the Spanish golfer José María Olazábal, with 27 competition holes and a 9 hole par 3 course. The fields are designed with bunkers, holes at sea level, surrounded by lakes and more. Such is the high quality, it has been named one of the best clubs in Europe by the Swedish Professional Golfer Association (PGA).

Enjoy golf in Sancti Petri

Golf lovers who want to choose Sancti Petri as their destination can enjoy the services of up to two clubs in the area.

Meanwhile, the Royal Novo Sancti Petri Golf Club is located near Barrosa beach and was designed by Spanish player Severiano Ballesteros. Since opening in 1990, its holes have been extended, and there are two 36-hole, par 72 courses today. On the course are various difficulties, such as water obstacles, bunkers and vegetation common in the Cádiz region, such as pine trees and cork oak trees.

Meanwhile, the Sancti Petri Hills Golfclub, designed by golfer Manuel Piñero, is also close to the coastal area. This club is open every day of the week, so that sports lovers and other types of visitors can stroll through its facilities. There is a driving range, putting and chipping greens, and other services suitable for enjoying this sport as a family.

The course of Jerez is an essential one

What is theMontecastillo Golf? This club is located just 10 km from the town of Jerez and is just 1 km from the Jerez Circuit. The Montecastillo course boasts 18 holes par 72, and was designed by the American golfer Jack Nicklaus. This course was home to the Peugeot Tour 3 and the Volvo Masters for 5 consecutive years. There is a driving range, putting green and chipping greens, as well as a golf school that provides classes to suit all ages.