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