Cádiz Gay Travel
In wolfyy’s Cádiz gay travel guide, learn about where to stay, beaches, Cádiz gay bars & top experiences.
The Gay Travel Experience: Cádiz, Spain
A laid-back vacation destination for anyone, 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!
In the very south of Spain, Cadiz is a wonderful place to visit through the summer and into September or early October. I specifically loved the city for it’s openness toward gay travelers and the fact that Cádiz gay travel is definitely more off-the-beaten-path.
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.
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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.
Some of the best the Cádiz Airbnb rentals are located here. This is the main part of town that bustles with restaurants and contains the historic sites. It’s beautiful.
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 bus; there are various bus lines.
Hotels in Playa 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.
Cádiz: Things to Do for the Gay Traveler
Also, along this route is a dedicated bike lane. If you’re not into running, biking is the perfect way to take in the sights. Plus, the sunsets are incredible to watch.
Along the Cádiz promenade you’ll find several parks with beautiful tile work and gardens. You can also check out the old cannons and lookout points. Also, don’t forget to check out Parque Genoves. It’s one of the most special ones!
Take a 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-line bus starts/terminates here at the nearby bus stop.
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.
The Cádiz Old City
At the western tip of the Old City, you will find Castillo de San Sebastian. This area is wonderful at all times of day, and 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.
The best beach for swimming is Playa 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.
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!
Looking for some more awesome beaches in Spain? Check out how wonderful Valencia is in wolfyy’s Valencia Gay Travel Guide.
Gay Bars in Cádiz
During my stay in Cádiz I did not spend any time out at bars or nightclubs. However, one local did say that a great place for some drinks out with gay locals is Kings & Queens. This seems to be the local gay bar in Cádiz that everyone stops by to visit. Check out the Kings & Queens Facebook Page for updates on events.
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! One of the gay bars is El Poniente, a long-time gay bar that’s been open for over 30 years. It’s smaller than Kings & Queens, but seems to have a nice vibe.
El Teniente Seblon is another gay bar option, but again I did not visit. The El Teniente Facebook Page also does not seem to have many photos of a typical night so I can’t give a recommendation for this one.
If the Cádiz gay bars aren’t your cup of tea, 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.
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.
Here is how you can distinguish an overpriced restaurant here in Cádiz. 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!
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. 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.
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.
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!
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 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!
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