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Get to know the “La Feria del Caballo” (The Horse Fair)

After Holy Week, the April Fair in Seville and before the Romería del Rocío, there is another party in Andalusia that takes place in spring,  Jerez Horse Fair. A celebration that attracts thousands of visitors every year in search of fun, music and cuisine. From Inn Hostels we want to tell you all about this extraordinary festivity so that you can prepare yourself. So let’s go!

When is the horse fair held?

Declared a Site of International Tourist Interest, the Jerez Fair takes place during the first or second week of May. Like most of the fairs in the area, its origin dates back to the 12th century as a cattle fair, that is, where livestock was bought and sold without taxes. That’s why all the farmers of the region waited for the arrival of the fair to do business.

Currently, the Jerez Fair is the result of the union of the cattle fair of Dehesa de Caulina, the festive fair and the general public open fair of 1903. It is held at Parque Gonzalez Hontoria and lasts for a week or nine days that cover from Saturday to Saturday. Although, it may seem that the Horse Fair shares many similarities with the April Fair in Seville, in reality they are very different:

  • Each booth is uniquely decorated: while at the Seville April Fair all booths must maintain the same design, (fabric with white and green stripes or white and red), in Jerez the booths are not only free to express their originality but actually encouraged to. In fact, each year the Horse Tent Contest is held with first prize of up to 2,500 euros for the best decorated booth.
  • Horse Carriage Competition: we know that Jerez is a land of wines and horses, hence you’ll find this prestigious horse carriage held to attract some of the best breeders and their “yeguadas” (studs) in the area.
  • All booths are public: you can enter all booths without having know a friend of a friend to get in which is what occurs at the Seville Fair. It is a way of ending elitism and to open the party up so that is much more accessible for tourists and visitors.

Tips for going to the Horse Fair

If you’re going to go to the Horse Fair, all that’s needed from you is to have fun and enjoy yourself because the Fair is quintessentially just that, a whole lot of fun. Of course, to get the most out of the experience we have made a list of 5 things that you won’t want to be missing out on:

  1. “El Alumbrado” The grand turning on of the lights on the first evening of the fair: Every good fair goer knows that the day of the grand turning on of the lights means the Feria has started. Millions of light bulbs are lit along the Real del González Hontoria, followed by a large “oooohhhhh” by the crowd as they watch on by ready, waiting and keen for the grand opening. We advise you not to do an all-nighter on the first night as you will totally burn out and it will take a toll on your body. Take it easy and enjoy yourself as you will still have 6 more days to enjoy of Fair.
  2. Dance sevillanas even if you don’t know how: don’t worry whether you now the moves or not, it’s just a must have to dance Sevillanas at the May Fair in Jerez. Besides not everyone knows how to dance Sevillanas, even some locals don’t but they still give it a go. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know the whole repertoire, but just fling your arms around a bit and move your legs, everyone will appreciate you just getting involved and joining in. The best thing to do is mirror your dance partner, they’ll guide you about and basically watch the rest of the people. After a couple of drinks for sure something vaguely representing Sevillanas will come out.
  3. Enjoy the horses: the Fair gets its name for a reason. At the Fair the horses strut up and down the centre of the the Fair whereby onlookers can be dazzled by their beauty and presence and if it takes your fancy why not hop on a horse and carriage and take a ride up and down El Real. It’s great to see the Feria of Jerez from another perspective.
  4. Drinking Tío Pepe: since Jerez is situation on the González Byas company whose best known brand is Tío Pepe, sherry wine is an absolute must and the drink bar none at the Feria del Caballo. This company has a “temple booth” spruced to the nines which every year is sure to get a prize for its spectacular decoration, it is a absolute must see so if we were you we’d take a sneaky peak there. Also, you have to try the “rebujito” which is a white wine sherry spritzer mixed with Sprite. It might seem like a just a simple drink but at the fair for whatever reason it is a glorious and tasty game changer.
  5. Take a picture with “Las Botas”:  “Las Botas” (the boots) are the typical barrels of the wine that are used in the winerys, classic Jerez. Doing your “goog” tourist bit, leaving without taking that posy selfie would be sacrilegious; this is the ideal keepsafe souvenir.

Where can I stay in and around the House Fair?

As the Horse Fair is celebrated in the spring and usually has good weather, take advantage of your stay in the province to Enjoy the beaches of Cádiz. To organize your trip to the province, prepare evening clothes or “arreglá” (dressy) and, of course, a swimming cosy/shorts and towel. One option would be to stay in Cádiz capital to sunbathe during the morning and, in the afternoon, set off for the Feria de Jerez.

In Inn Hostels we have apartments, private rooms and shared rooms in the old town of Cádiz capital, very close to the beach of La Caleta.

Inn Hostels Cádiz

Choose the option that you like best between private and shared rooms. All are equipped with everything you’ll need to spend a few days of unforgettable fun.

We are located in the historic center of Cádiz, very close to the train station so you can easily move around to nearby towns and city such as Jerez de la Frontera. Similarly, we are only a few minutes walk from the beach of La Caleta.

Cádiz Inn Apartaments

Spend a long weekend with friends or as a couple staying in our apartments with a capacity of up to 8 people. A fab option if you want feel like you are home from home. With kitchen, private bathroom, air conditioning, cleaning service you’ll have everything you need.

 

Enjoy the Horse Fair in Jerez de la Frontera drinking rebujito, snacking on ham and dancing away to sevillanas.

 

 

 

 

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Discover the main beaches of Cádiz

Going on a summer vacation to the province of Cádiz is never disappointing. Amazing climate, great cuisine, lots of culture, history and, above all, beautiful beaches. Only in the

capital you will find coastline of 3,900 meters that goes from the fort of Cortadura to the military installations of Torregorda. In this post we want to talk about the beaches you can find in “Tacita de Plata” (Known to the locals call Cádiz the Silver Cup) and throughout the entire province. Come on let’s go!

What are the urban beaches of Cádiz?

Cádiz beaches all have their own distinct character. There are more intimate beaches like La Caleta, some with natural landscapes such as  Cortadura or the classic touristic beach La Victoria. We’ll give you a quick virtual tour of each of them so you will be better equipped with which one to visit when you get Cádiz.

Playa de la Caleta

La Caleta beach of is the only one found in the historical side of the city. It is sheltered on one side by the Castle of Santa Catalina and on the other by the Castle of San Sebastián. With it’s idealistic charm this cove is makes it one of the most photographed in the city; small row boats in the harbour, gentle rippling waves that you can bathe in, the close proximity to the neighborhood of La Viña and on blustery days it providing that all important protection from the winds. It has in fact, gained been awarded yet another year with the Blue Flag.

Stay until you see the sunset to watch how the the sun is hides behind in the Atlantic Ocean, a true spectacle.

Playa Santa María del Mar

Santa María del Mar Beach is also known as “La Playa de las Mujeres” (the beach of the women). It is located at the foot of the walls and is compact in size. The unique backdrop commises of the old town whereby you can see the towers of Cádiz Cathedral. At the top overlooking the beach, there is a semi-circular platform with an viewpoint advantage which offers some beautiful views of Cádiz.

Playa de la Victoria

Victoria beach is characterized by its extensive of 2.5 kilometers of sand. You’ll find numerous hotels, restaurants and beach bars at this intersection of Cádiz seafront. It stands out for the quality of sand and crystal clear waters, which makes a great choice to everyone and with a bike lane stretching its course means it’s easy to get to.

Playa de Cortadura

Cortadura beach is the wildest of all. It extends along one of the margins of the road between Cádiz and San Fernando. The sand is fine and golden, like most in the province, although there are some small pebbles. In some sections there are parking bays, although if you go on a Sunday in summer, we recommend get there early because it fills up fast.

The best beaches in Cádiz

We have done a review of some of the beaches that you can see in Cádiz Capital, however, the province offers many others that are also worth visiting. Here’s a breakdown of some of the best.

Playa de Bolonia

Located in the borough of Tarifa it’s known for the immense sand dune that runs through it and creeps up the hillside and over the pine trees. We speak of an almost unspoilt beach whereby the only human traces that can be seen is at the Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia, an ancient Phoenician city origin known for manufacturing tuna and salted fish. The water is crystal clear and the sand is very gentle and fine. On Levante (days of easterly winds) makes it the ideal destination for people who practice windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Playa El Palmar

El Palmar beach is situated in Vejer de la Frontera. Here you will have no problem Parking as there are numerous bays both private and public. The beach has all the necessary services such as showers, a large number of restaurants and beach bars, shops and in season a artisan markets as well as easy access and above all surveillance cameras. There are many surf schools in the area so you can take the opportunity to catch a few waves. You will have the chance to all see one of the most beautiful sunsets in the province.

Do not be surprised if people applaud when the sun goes down, it’s a way of thanking nature for the amazing day and the offering of a start of a new one.

Playa de Caños de Meca

Although the Caños de Meca is a very small town, in summer it becomes the “mecca” of lovers of bohemian and hippie life. The beach is the best known in Barbate for its tranquility and its proximity to the cliffs of La Breña. Along the beach you will find various craft stalls, bars and beach bars. If you take a walk looking over the beach from the cliff top, you will see how the cove creates the famous “pipes” of water that crash up on the shore giving the place its name. An opportunity to get back to nature and be in contact with sun, sea and sand.

Playa de la Barrosa

With its natural beauty and cliff edges La Barrosa is a unique place to enjoy the sea. It borders with Conil de la Frontera and is usually divided into three sections seeing as it 8 kilometers in length and a decent width in breath: the first are is Novo Santi Petri the most tranquil of the three, the second is flatter and more central, and the last one is closest to the urbanization and therefore, the most frequented.

Where shall I stay to get to know the best beaches in Cádiz?

If after reading about the best beaches in Cádiz province you will probably be wanting to visit them, so don’t hesitate to book your accommodation in Cádiz. At Inn Hostels we have private rooms, shared apartments and apartments in the historical center of the city. The only thing you have to worry about taking your essentials to the beach; sunny’s suntan lotion and a towel.

Inn Hostels Cádiz

Choose between private and shared rooms. All have everything you need to spend a few days of unforgettable holidays. We are located in the historic center of the city, very close to the Cádiz Cathedral and La Caleta beach. Enjoy a few days of summer sunbathing and

Eating the classic local dish of fried fish at any bar in the area.

Cádiz Inn Apartamentos

Spend a short break away with friends or as a couple staying in our apartments with a capacity of up to 8 people. Equipped with everything you need a kitchen, private bathroom, air conditioning, cleaning service it’s a great option if you want to feel like you’re home from home. Similarly, if you have to spend a season in the city check our website for availability and prices.

Discover the incredible beaches the province of Cádiz has to offer and don’t hesitate to see if what they say is true: wide golden beaches with fine sand, crystal clear water, great weather, tasty cuisine and, above all, friendly people.

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Discover Easter Holy Week in Cádiz

Each year, Cádiz Capital awaits and prepares to for the grand festival of Easter Holy Week, which commemorates both the Passion of Jesus Christ and his Death.  A combination of devoted locals, the quality of the processions and the fresh sea breeze, undoubtedly makes Cadiz a top destination when choosing to experience this festival first hand. In this post we’ll give you the low-down on the whats and whereabouts during Easter Holy Week in Cádiz.

Easter Holy Week in Cádiz

As in all Andalusia, Easter Holy Week is characterised by a succession of processions of the differing Brotherhoods in the City.During this festival in Cádiz, which takes place from The Sunday of Ramos to The Sunday of The Resurrection, the streets come alive with the aromas of freshly cut flowers, burning incense and candle wax to the sounds of the marching bands echoing throughout the streets that come to an all-of-a-sudden standstill leaving nothing but the pure essence of silence and penance.

The streets of the old town of Cádiz serve as a stage which represents The Passion of Christ. The Brotherhoods are responsible for treasuring the incalculable artistic heritage that leaves their quarters and is taken to the streets: lead out by pride and displayed by honour the Pasos are revelled and appreciated by their dedicated followers. Easter Holy Week fever is everywhere; from bars, restaurants, squares and even the beaches. Between procession and procession the busy atmosphere see’s celebrations all day long until the early hours.

Easter Holy week also has its own distinct cuisine, as during Lent, (forty days after Cadiz Carnival until the beginning of Holy Week) believers are forbidden to eat meat or meat derivatives. So if you fancy a bite to eat, you’ll likely find restaurants serving tapas such as chickpeas with spinach or tortilla (Spanish omelet). Fish is a popular meat substitute, so you’ll also find bacalao (cod) buñuelos de merluza (hake fritters) or atun (tuna) on the menu to choose from.  In the world of desserts, without a doubt, the torrija is by far the winner (slice of bread in milk, syrup or wine coated in egg, fried in olive oil, sweetened with honey and flavoured with sugar and cinnamon).

While in other large cities such as Seville “Los Pasos”, the procession carrying heavy iconic statues, are carried on the back of the Costaleros (Bearers) whereas in Cádiz they are called the Cargadores (Dockers: Cadiz is a Port) and they carrying the processions on their shoulders. This causes their marching style to behave differently, giving a unique movement to the processions.

Don’t miss can out on the emblematic Banda de Cornetas y Tambores of Nuestra Señora del Rosario de Cádiz or the singers that break out into song in the middle of the street, dedicating their Saetas (sacred songs) to the Pasos (the iconic statues) that are on route. The Saeta, a popular song specific to each Paso, are sometimes performed by consecrated/renowned singers such as Estrella Morente or José Mercé.

Itinerary of the Holy Week of Cádiz 2019

The itinerary approved by the Local Council of Fraternities and Brotherhoods in Cádiz for Easter Holy Week commencing 2019 is the following:

  • Friday of Dolores (Sorrow): Servitas
  • Sunday de Ramos: Stripped, Holy Supper, Sorrows and Humility and Patience .
  • Holy Monday: Nazarene of Love, Prendimiento, La Palma and Vera-Cruz.
  • Holy Thursday: Afflicted, Prayer in the Garden, Nazarene of Saint Mary and Medinaceli.
  • Holy Wednesday: The Waters, Sentence, Cigarreras and Anguish.
  • Holy Tuesday: Health, Pity, The fallen, Column and Ecce-Homo del Cádiz.
  • Good Friday: Forgiveness, Expiration, Thirst, Descent and Good Death.
  • Holy Saturday: Holy Burial.
  • Sunday The Resurrection: The Resurrected.

What to do in Cádiz during Easter Holy Week?

During Easter Holy Week in Cádiz if you want to make the most of your experience we recommend you staying in the historical center of the city so you can totally immerse yourself in the atmosphere. In the “Silver Cup” (Cadiz old town) the official procession march includes Plaza de Candelaria, Calle Montañés, Plaza del Palillero, Novena and Calle Ancha. Of particular interest is the passage of the Brotherhoods through the Plaza de la Catedral whereby the Brotherhoods all gather to contemplate The Penance. Be sure not to miss the Nazarenes (Followers) accompanying the processions and the brass bands.

We recommend you wear comfortable footwear because, although the centre of Cádiz is small, if you intend to see several or maybe all of the processions you will be spending many hours on your feet walking about and standing around.

Need a rest between, the iconic processions of Pasos? Why not treat yourself to chilling out at a bar or cafe on the terrace, either with a caña (a small beer) and shrimp fritter or, depending on the time of day, maybe a coffee with some French toast. During Easter Holy Week the streets are filled with life so it should be easy to find somewhere decent to sit down and relax. If the weather is nice, the added bonus of Cadiz is you can also go for a walk along La Caleta beach and later watch the sunset.

Where to stay during Holy Week in Cádiz?

As we have already said the best to stay in Cádiz during Easter Holy Week is downtown. You can forget about the car since the historic center of the city is humble and quaint, inviting you to stroll around.

Inn Hostels Cádiz

In Innhostel Cádiz we have shared rooms, private rooms and apartments to meet the needs of our guests. We are located in the old historical center, very close to the Cathedral, the epicentre of Easter Holy Week in Cádiz.

Also, if you book from our website, you will benefit from a 10% discount on your accommodation. Our reception will help you with anything you need such as information on where to eat, what to visit, what activities to do, etc.

Apartments in Cádiz

If you are traveling with family or friends and need more privacy, book our apartments in the center of the city. They are equipped with everything you need to make you feel at home: full kitchen, air conditioning, bathroom accessories, wi-fi, washing machine, shower, etc.

From our pool or terrace you can see  Cádiz Cathedral and enjoy the spectacular views offered by the sunset. Our philosophy is to share experiences, so it’s a pleasure for us to help you enjoy yours in Cádiz.

 

 

 

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What to see in Cádiz during the year

Cádiz is a busy little city, buzzing with energy and quirky in its uniqueness. Wandering the streets it’s fills you will it’s one-of-a-kind personality, combining historical and cultural architect with uplighting sunshine that beams down between the buildings.

Considering we are talking about the oldest city in Spain and Western Europe, its charm shouldn’t a surprise us. And if there is something that this little treasure doesn’t lack, is the hoards of people wanting to visit. In this post we’ll give you the heads up on what to see and do in Cádiz so you can organize your getaway without missing a thing.

What is there to do in Cádiz?

Cádiz is is gaining popularity, evident by the thousands of visitors that pass through the city every year. It’s claim to fame now has been confirmed by an article published by the New York Times in 2019. The newspaper says the three key reasons for choosing this destination are:

  • The history of Cadiz Capital
  • The excellent gastronomy
  • The beaches

Although the New York Times has focused on these three aspects, there are many other reasons that make Cádiz a benchmark for its people and culture. Let’s delve a little deeper into what there is on offer in Cadiz.

Cádiz Seafront

 

The composer Carlos Cano already said: “Havana is Cádiz but with more black people; Cádiz is Havana but with more salt”.  Whilst the Malecón de Cádiz has its distinct identity and history, seen by the colorful facades of the houses, both promenades, Cuban Malecón, resemble one another.

And as similar as they are, are also individual in their uniqueness which gives them both their charm.  

What is for certain is Havana and Cádiz both sit poised looking out at each other sharing the swirl of Atlantic Ocean wash up on their shores.

Who knows who copied who?

Caleta Beach

 

Santa Catalina’s Caleta beach, or simply, La Caleta, is the top destination beach in Cádiz. This small bay is situated near the neighborhood of La Viña, the true carnival epicenter of the city. In summer it is very busy, filled to the brim with Gaditanos, the Cádiz locals.


La Caleta beach is busy for many reasons, mainly due to its close proximity to the city centre and it’s undeniable quaintness. Also due to its orientation it’s also a perfect place to shelter from Levante, which are hot inland winds that sweep the coastline, an excellent beach choice if you fancy a picnic lunch but don’t feel like eating a “sand” sandwich! Also a few others things just to bear in mind: when visiting the Caleta beach on a busy day and you spot a small patch of sand to lay down on, politely ask your neighbouring beach buddies if the spot is available, as many residents in La Viña already have their usual spot. Manners go far and the locals would appreciate this. It’s also compact in size (half a kilometer in length and 50 meters in width), so be careful not to get caught out by the rising tide; a high tide not only means a rather “cosy” beach, but also can mean watching your towel float away.

La Caleta Beach wouldn’t be La Caleta beach without the Balneario de la Palma and Real, which is a stunning building jutting out over the beach. In its origin, the emblematic property was used as changing rooms and showers in exchange for a couple of pesetas. Towards the end of the 50s, it became a hotel establishment. However currently, the destination of the Balneario de la Palma remains uncertain, although the possibility of reopening it is being considered, either restoring it as an hotel, as in the past, or as a museum.

Torre Tavira

To have one of the best views of the city, along with those offered by the Clock Tower in Cádiz Cathedral, we have to climb up to Torre Tavira. It is one of the most famous viewpoints of the capital and was built in the eighteenth century. It is located at one of the highest levels of the city, 45 meters above sea level, and was once one of the main watchtowers of the bay which oversaw the maritime movements.

Whilst over the years it has been given several uses, to date, it has become one of Cadiz greatest tourist attraction thanks to its Camera Obscura. It was the first installed in Spain and allows us to enjoy a 360º tour throughout the city through real time moving images.

Schedule:
➡️ From October to April from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
➡️ From May to September from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Rates:
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Normal rate, 6 euros
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Reduced rate, 5 euros (over 65, students with a university card, large family, groups of more than 10 people, people with disabilities)

Cathedral of Cádiz

Cádiz has a very special charm contributed by its magnificent Cathedral. One of the most distinctive  aspects of the Cathedral of Cádiz is its interesting fusion of styles; the Baroque and the Neoclassical.

The construction took more than 115 years to finish, combining different architectural influences and expression.

The Cádiz temple keeps numerous treasures hidden beneath its golden dome and oyster rock walls such as Jesus Christ Crown of Thorns, The Tomb of Manuel de Falla, The Body of a Girl Dressed in Communion.  

Boasting 74 meters high, the Clock Tower is the highest point of the city offered some of the best views of the city. From here you can see Campo del Sur, Cortadura Beach, Victoria Beach, San Sebastian Castle and Santa Catalina.

Opening Times:

April, May, June, September and October

➡️ From Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
➡️ On Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

July and August

➡️ From Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
➡️ On Sundays from 1:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Rates:

➡️ Adults: 6 euros
➡️ Senior Citizens: 5 euros
➡️ Group of adults: +20: 4 euros
➡️ Group of students: +20: 3 euros
➡️ Students up to 25 years old: 4 euros
➡️ Disabled up to 60%: 4 euros
➡️ Children: free

The entrance includes access to he Cathedral, The Crypt, The Choir, The Sacristy, the Accounting House and the Clock Tower.

Castle of Santa Catalina

Continuing the trail of popular buildings in Cadiz, includes Santa Catalina Castle. Back in the day it was once a bulwark, a defensive that protected the city, but today we can see it used as cultural centre with several exhibition halls. Most shows are temporary although the cultural centre does have a permanent exhibition about the history of Cádiz.

The Santa Catalina Castle is located on the northside of La Caleta Beach, in front of the San Sebastian Castle. Another feature of this historic site is its five-pointed star shape. Two of the points are directed towards the city, third points to La Caleta and the Castle of San Sebastián, fourth to the Atlantic Ocean and the fifth to the Bay of Cádiz.

Although entrance is free and there is no restrictions as such, there is security staff keeping an eye out. To get there you have to delightfully cross a moat. In order to enjoy the whole experience offered by the Castle of Santa Catalina, we recommend visiting it at sunset, as the views of the city are incredible: as the sun sets, it illuminates the sky with its palette of paint, brushing the Atlantic Ocean full of colour. Of course, it is always good idea to take something warm with you, as although Cádiz is known for its good weather, it can also get rather nippy in the evenings.

Schedule:

➡️ Winter.- Monday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m to 19:30 p.m.
➡️ Summer.- Monday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Teatro Falla

When we think about Gran Teatro Falla the first thing that comes to mind is Cadiz Carnival. It’s considered “The Temple” of this festival, hosting the Carnavalesque Grouping Competition (COAC) every year which attracts fans from all around the world.  Whether or not you are passionate about Cadiz Carnival, you will surely be impressed by the theatres architecture. The first thing that will grab your attention on your visit to the Gran Teatro Falla is its unusual red bricks dating from neo-Mudejar style.


The Gran Falla Theatre was built on the ruins of an old wooden theater (El Gran Teatro de Cádiz) that burned down in 1881. Luckily, the theatre was rebuilt in the 19th century, receiving the name of one of the most influential musicians in Cádiz, Manuel de Falla. The theatre hall structure follows the form of a horseshoe to which the different floors and the stalls are adapted. The highest area is known as “El Paraíso” (The Paradise), although all the locals call it “El gallinero” (The Chicken Coop).

The theatre holds many a secret, a witness to the progression and evolution of a city which has lived through much change. It has seen not only the first sounds of the Carnival that reverberated its walls and the timeless shows and performances since then but also the censorship and silence it suffered during the Franco regime. Another best secret kept of the theatre is the hole under the stage that leads to a tidal well. A priori it seems not very important, but it takes strength when the tide rises and the water resonates on the tables.

Genovés Park

Genovés Park is a little haven of peace in the heart of Cádiz and only located a few metres from La Caleta Beach. It was originally known as “El Paseo del Perejil” (Parsley Walk) because when it was created in the seventeenth century the park had very few trees and was poorly maintained. Whilst today many local people still call it that, over the years the walk has undergone various changes. The most important was by Eduardo Genovés i Puig in 1892, hence its name. With this remodeling a large number of botanical species were added as well as the park fountain, coffee area, and a waterfall.
To this day the park remains well looked after, continuing to capture the true essence Eduardo Genovés work. That is providing a harmonious and serene space which people are free to roam, relax and enjoy. It has several entrances, the main one being Avenida Doctor Gómez Ulla. One of its greatest attractions is undoubtedly La Gruta, a pond with artificial waterfalls where you can pleasantly see ducks and geese toddling about.

Among the different sculptures that adorn the park, the most popular one is “Children under the umbrella”  a monument in honor of the naturist Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente representing the allegory of a story.

La Viña Neighborhood

Whilst La Viña means Vineyard in English nowadays the area doesn’t flaunt such imagery. There was a time when La Viña was full of orchards and vineyards, however due to its enclave and distance from the port of Cádiz, it failed to arise interest from shippers from the Indies. Little by little the area became inhabited by the popular classes of the city; fishermen and such like who could settle near Caleta Beach, so more commonly seen today are rows of fishing poles. The heart of La Viña is Plaza de Santa María but the area also includes La Caleta Beach, the church of La Palma and San Sebastian Castle.

The neighborhood of is renowned for its great gastronomy. La Viña is full of restaurants and tapas bars where you can enjoy all types of fresh and fried fish. It has a bubbly vibe and offers other charms such as colorful narrow streets, very typical of Cadiz architecture and a carnival atmosphere.

 

Cadiz Carnival

Cádiz smells of the sea, tastes of salt and during the month of February sounds like a carnival. This is seen in every street corner where you can find groups and choirs singing their original material and making the locals laugh. The groups are called either: Chirigotas de Cádiz, comparsas, choirs or quartets. But there is another protagonist of Carnival of Cadiz and that is fancy dress. Most outfits have an element of humor and irony which will make you chuckle.

The Carnival just happens around you, so just strolling about Cadiz you will be immersed in the songs: Plaza de San Antonio, Plaza de las Flores, La Viña, Santa Cruz, El Mentidero, etc.

Although you are free to dress up any day throughout the carnival, there are two dates that you are not to miss out on, the first Saturday and “la Cabalgata” (procession day). Our advice is to just zip up your frock and join in the fun.

Where to stay in Cádiz?

Cádiz is a city that has two zones divided by Puerta Tierra. The most touristic part is the old city that in starts after Puerta Tierra, which is also known by locals as “Cadi, Cadi”. This is to differentiate it from the new part of the city which is either simply called “Cádiz” or “Bedouin” (people who reside in the new area of ​​Cádiz) although this term is slowly being lost. That’s why when speaking to Gaditanos, the locals, some will tell you they are from “Cadi, Cadi” and others from “Cádiz”.

To stay in Cádiz it is advisable to find somewhere near the old town and historical city, as this is where most of the sightseeing will be located. Cádiz is small so if you stay in the old town you can happily get about on foot. In fact, the city itself actually says Cadiz is best visited by foot, as is truly the only way to experience the offerings of narrow streets, charming facades and spacious squares.

Inn Hostels Cádiz

At Inn Hostel Cádiz you will find shared or private rooms. We are in the old town, very close to the train and bus station of Cádiz and only five minutes from the Cathedral. We have simple, bright rooms with a shared bathroom.

From our reception we will help you with anything you need; recommendations on places to eat, walk, activities, guided tours or just simple sunbathing. Also since breakfast is the most important meal of the day and seeing as we want you to get to know the city as thoroughly as possible, we offer you breakfast every morning free of charge. Decide between having you breaky on our terrace where you can contemplate the beauty of Cadiz capital or in our shared kitchen to exchange experiences with other travelers. It’s up to you.

Apartments in Cádiz

Forget about taking the car since we are in a privileged area of ​​the old town of Cádiz. Our newly renovated apartments are equipped with kitchen, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and everything you need to feel at home.

We have a rooftop swimming pool from where you can chillax and take in the seabreeze, whilst admiring the how the sun pretends to hide behind the Cathedral, illuminating the dome and the city with color and light. If you have any questions, we are always happy to help. Just find us on reception for advice, tips and general information of activities and places of interest. Cadiz is city to enjoy as a family, as a couple or by yourself.

 

Now feeling better informed of what there is to do and see here in Cadiz, all you only need to plan your holiday and have fun. Remember to really get to know Cádiz it’s essential you squeeze the most out of your trip, take advantage of what Cadiz has to offer; places of interest, atmosphere, beaches, gastronomy, history and culture.
From Innhostel you have the option to book private rooms, shared apartments or apartments in the city centre. Because we don’t have words, only experiences.

Cadiz

Carnaval in Summer

Carnaval

You thought that the carnival was just in February? Then you are wrong. Among all the summer activities, the summer carnival is getting closer.  On the night of July 28, one of the great events of the summer will be celebrated. It will be the night of that irreverent carnival, less commercial and less known also outside.  In a meeting held between the groups of Romanceros and street groups and the councilor of City Festivities, Maria Romay, have returned to bet to bring the Carnival of Cádiz to the streets of the city during the summer.

For this reason, the summer that is when more visitors receive the city of Cádiz, is a great date to publicize the talent, ingenuity and art that exists in the capital. Whoever approaches the Summer Carnival will be hooked and will return in February. As it happens during the week of the Carnival of Cádiz, the groups will not have a planned itinerary, not a specific order of action, maintaining the anarchic character of the party.
But surely, as other years have happened, the nucleus of groups will be grouped around the area of the Plaza de Las Flores, Palillero, San Agustin, Cathedral, San Juan de Dios, the Pópulo or La Viña.
Nor will there be a stipulated start time, but it is estimated that the groups begin to settle around the evening.  That same night, on the pier and as main attraction of the festival ‘Music of the sea’.

There is the circumstance that on that day an extraordinary procession of the Virgen de la Soledad, of the brotherhood of the Santo Entierro, will be celebrated on the streets to commemorate the 425 years of history that this year celebrates the brotherhood with canonical headquarters in the parish of Santa Cruz.   An amazing entertainment that you cannot miss and also forgive.

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