Skip to content

Cádiz Gay Travel

wolfyy’s Cádiz gay travel guide shares essential advice for where to stay, beaches, gay bars & top experiences.

wolfyy logo

The Gay Travel Experience: Cádiz, Spain

A laid-back vacation destination, Cádiz welcomes travelers of all shapes and sizes. The people of Cádiz are warm, enthusiastic about life and most of all, friendly. I felt right at home my entire visit. My ancestors actually lived in this very city several generations ago! 

Cadiz Gay Travel
Cadiz Gay Travel
Cadiz nightlife

In the very south of Spain, Cadiz is a wonderful place to visit through the summer into September or early October. I specifically loved the city for it’s openness toward LGBT travelers and the fact that Cádiz gay travel is definitely more off-the-beaten-path. 

Cadiz nightlife

I’ve met many gay Spaniards while traveling in Barcelona and Madrid who grew up in Cádiz. This historic port city is held dear in the hearts of many. If you’re traveling around Spain, you’ve got to stop here!

Cadiz old city streets

Cádiz is great for solo gay travelers, couples or even a small group getaway. Colorful celebrations like Carnival and Cádiz gay Pride attract many gay travelers from across Europe.

cadiz city center

Gay Cádiz: Hotels & Where to Stay

Firstly, Cádiz is extremely cheap. On the extreme low-end, you can get a shared Airbnb rental for less than $30 USD per night! The best part of Cádiz is undoubtedly the Old City, which is the northernmost segment of the peninsula. 

Cadiz old city streets

Staying in the Cádiz Old City

Some of the best the Cádiz vacation rentals are in the Old City. This is the main part of town that bustles with restaurants and contains the historic sites. It’s beautiful.

cadiz city center

Casa Nautilus and Spanish Galleon Lodge are two incredible LGBT-friendly hostels in Cádiz. Each offers rooms with double beds or twin beds that include a private bathroom, television, and air conditioning. They also offer studios for a up to 4 people equipped with a kitchen, perfect for groups.

Casa Nautilus Hostel
Spanish Galleon Lodge Cádiz
Casa Nautilus Hostel

These hostels truly embody a the spirit of traveling and freedom. All of their staff, including their owner Daniel (who is originally from the United States) help to provide a unique atmosphere throughout guests’ stay.

Spanish Galleon Lodge Cádiz

Casa Nautilus Hostel and Spanish Galleon Lodge are both located in the heart of the city, only 5 minutes from the beach and 2 min from the Central Market.

South of the Old City

South of the old city, things become relatively more modern, as the city expanded southward over time. If you decide to stay south of the Old City (there are still various hotels down the coast), rest assured that there is stellar public transport everywhere. For 1,10 Euro, you can get on any of the many bus lines.

cadiz beach
cadiz beach

Hotels near Playa de La Victoria are the best if you choose not to stay in the Cádiz Old City/want to stay farther south along the coast. Many travelers that prefer standard hotel accommodations as opposed to vacation villas often stay in this area.

Many travelers visiting Cádiz will rent a car upon arrival, or even rent a car to make the trip from a neighboring city. You can rent a car at the Cádiz Airport or even pick one up once you’re in town, as they’re also available near La Plaza De Seville.

Cádiz Gay Travel Experiences

My favorite thing about Cádiz is the massive promenade around the Old City. Perfect for jogging, you can travel along the historic wall that once protected the city from enemies. 

waterfront around Cadiz old city

The promenade is the perfect place to get a killer workout in. You can even use one of the newer guided workout apps like Aaptiv

Dedicated bike lanes follow footpaths all around the Old City promenade. If you’re not into running, biking is the perfect way to take in the sights. Plus, the sunsets are incredible to watch.

Playa Victoria
Playa Victoria
waterfront around Cadiz old city

Stellar parks with beautiful tile work and gardens are another beautiful part of the Old City’s promenade. You can see some old cannons and lookout points. Also, don’t forget to check out Parque Genoves. It’s one of the most special ones!

Cadiz Gay Travel Spain

Stroll through Plaza España, a cute part of town in the center of the old city with a historic monument of Cádiz’s establishment. It’s quite pretty and great for a photo to show all your friends that you’ve made it to Cádiz. The number 1 bus line starts/terminates here at the nearby bus stop.

roman theatre ruins
Cadiz Gay Travel Spain

Plaza de San Juan de Dios is a wonderful square in the middle of the Old City with some great restaurants. It’s a relaxing area to spend an entire afternoon having seafood and beer. Take a stroll through this part of town even if you don’t eat in the plaza.

roman theatre ruins
For some ancient history, check out the museum containing the remains of the Cádiz Roman Theatre. Before the Spanish empire reigned, the Roman empire controlled the region. An old theatre from that age was discovered in 1980, and what was left of it has been preserved. Entrance is free!
Cadiz Gay Travel

Especially for solo travelers wo want to meet locals, booking a private Cádiz walking tour is a fantastic way to explore some special areas of the city. Many of the tours include a glass of local wine!

Trusted Gay Travel Info

Planning Made Easier with wolfyy.

Add Your Email.

wolfyy

The Cádiz Old City

Castillo de San Sebastian is at the western tip of the Old City. This area is wonderful at all times of day, especially as the sun sets. Leading from the city to the castle is the Paseo Frenando Quiñones, an elevated pathway, perfect to walk along as the sun sets over the Atlantic.

old city cannon
Cadiz Gay Travel
old city cannon
Between Castillo de San Sebastian and neighboring Castillo de San Catalina, the beachfront is primarily a port. This area is better for walking along the shore rather than swimming as it’s a bit muddy. People hang out along the promenade late into the night.

Cádiz Beaches

The best beach for swimming is Playa de La Victoria, south of the Old City closer to the main hospital. The water is clear and the shoreline is free of seaweed. There is a restaurant down on the shore and wash-off facilities near the entrance.

cadiz attractions

The city of Cádiz hosts a fantastic gay pride according to the Spaniards. Although the city’s young population is not the largest, people of all ages flock to this beautiful place to show LGBT community pride!

Cádiz Gay Bars

While I didn’t visit any Cádiz gay bars during my stay, locals mentioned that Kings & Queens is a great gay bar for some drinks and to meet gay locals. The drag shows are entertaining as well, which  you can check out in the below video.

There are a couple other Cádiz gay bar options, however none of the gay locals recommended that I go to them. If you do try them out, let me know what you think.

gay cadiz men

El Poniente is a classic gay bar that’s been open for over 30 years. It’s smaller than Kings & Queens, but seems to have a nice vibe.

cadiz gay bar
gay cadiz men

El Teniente Seblon is another gay bar option, but since I did not get to visit, I can’t tell you for sure what it’s like. Their Facebook Page also does not seem to have many photos of a typical night.

cadiz gay bar

If the Cádiz gay bars aren’t your vibe, then you can always wander into the city center late in the evening. You will surely find bars and restaurants buzzing!

Cádiz Gay Travel Tips

Cádiz holds a special place in my heart for its charm, serenity and wonderful pace of life. There’s nothing too tricky about Cádiz gay travel, but here are a few travel tips for your journey.

cadiz shoreline
cadiz shoreline

Tourist Trap Restaurants in Cádiz

Be careful of restaurants that are tourist traps in Cádiz. The city is a popular summer vacation destination and many restaurants will charge higher than reasonable prices for usually poor quality food. 

playa de la Victoria beach

Distinguishing an overpriced restaurant here in Cádiz is pretty simple. If a plate of food costs 15 Euros at a sidewalk restaurant, you’re definitely paying too much. In this part of Spain especially, things should be much cheaper. If you seek out local places and check inside, you‘ll see prices for about half that amount!

cádiz architecture
playa de la Victoria beach

One more note on food. You may find restaurants/bars to be open throughout the day, but most places do not serve hot food in the middle of the day.

cádiz architecture

After lunch time, many places only serve cold tapas until dinnertime begins. This cold stuff is still good, though. Just note that the Spanish eat much later and restaurants will fire up again around 20:00.

A Little Cádiz History

Cádiz was once a rich city from trade with the Americas, which can be observed in the beautiful tile work, but today the economy in Cádiz is not the strongest. The region thrives on tourism during the summer months, but there is not much other industry in the city.

ancient ruins in cadiz
cadiz attractions
seaside in cadiz spain

Interestingly noted by Bloomberg, many past jobs in Cádiz production of Sherry wine were mechanized, further increasing local unemployment. The article also notes, however, that Cádiz unemployment isn’t as bad as reports indicate since many people work for cash on the side.

ancient ruins in cadiz

One other thing I noticed while visiting Cádiz was that the population (at least during the fall months), was a bit on the older side. I’m not complaining here-in fact it was charming! 

architecture in center city
seaside in cadiz spain
architecture in center city

Many of my Spanish friends have mentioned that many younger people leave the city for work opportunities in larger European Cities. Perhaps in the peak of summer, the age distribution is a little more even, but I thought I’d share this interesting fact.

Cádiz Carnival

Cádiz has its very own Carnival festival if you’re interested in attending. I wasn’t visiting for the event, but at the end of every February, Cádiz becomes wild, with people flooding the streets in costume. Locals and other Spaniards say it’s fantastic!

wolfyy logo

Hopping over to the Canary Islands? They’re not too far away! Read wolfyy’s Maspalomas Gay Travel Guide.

Popular Blog Posts on wolfyy

Why Trust wolfyy?

Because I've been to every destination I write about.

wolfyy travel guides are based on my own experiences, plus trusted tips from LGBT travelers & locals.

Louis Lafata from wolfyy
I'm Louis,

Creator of wolfyy

My mission is to provide authentic, local gay travel information you can rely on.

Advice you can trust. No outsourced content. Sounds good, right?

wolfyy gay travel logo

You Deserve Quality Gay Travel Info.

Let wolfyy Help


Before you go...

Trusted Gay Travel Info, Just for You.

Leave Your Email.

JOIN ME.

Gay Travel Advice You Can't Find Anywhere Else.