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A mystic sea city
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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

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

        Difficulty Level

      • Duration
        3:30 h

      • Adults$59.00Price per person

      • Children$42.00Price per person




      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
      • Tasting included

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

        Difficulty Level

      • Duration
        4:30 h

      • Adults$59.00Price per person

      • Children$42.00Price per person




      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 Jew
      • Lunch or dinner included

      • Limited seats

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

        Difficulty Level

      • Duration
        8 h

      • Adults$145.00Price per person

      • Children$102.00Price per person




      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 f
      • No guide available

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

        Difficulty Level

      • Duration
        7 h

      • Adults$69.00Price per person

      • Children$52.00Price per person




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

          Difficulty Level

        • Duration
          2:30 h

        • Adults$35.00Price per person

        • Children$29.00Price per person




        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
        • Drink included

        • Snack included

        • Limited seats

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

          Difficulty Level

        • Duration
          3:30 h

        • Adults$79.00Price per person

        • Children$59.00Price per person

      The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program 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).
      • 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.
      • 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.


      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.

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