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Cádiz Gay Travel

Cádiz gay travel advice you won’t find anywhere else. This small city in the very south of Spain is one of the oldest in Europe…and it’s gay-friendly too!

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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 were warm and friendly. I felt right at home. In the very south of Spain, Cadiz is a great city to visit through the summer and into September or early October.

Cadiz Gay Travel
An incredibly historic city, Cádiz is great for solo gay travelers, couples or group travel. Colorful celebrations like Carnival and Cádiz pride attract many gay travelers from across Europe.

Gay Cádiz: Where to Stay

Firstly, Cádiz is extremely cheap. On the extreme low-end, you can get a shared Airbnb for less than $30 USD per night! The best place to stay in Cádiz is in the Old City, which is the northernmost segment of the peninsula. This is the main part of town that bustles with restaurants and contains the historic sites.
Cadiz nightlife beaches
Cadiz Gay Travel
Cadiz nightlife beaches
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 to the Old City.
fancy pathway with railing overlooking ocean
For 1,10 Euro, you can get on any bus, and there are various bus lines. Playa Victoria is the best place to stay if you are going to stay more southward along the coast.

Things to Do in Cádiz for the Gay Traveler

My favorite thing about Cádiz is the promenade around the Old City. Perfect for jogging, you can travel along the historic wall that once protected the city from enemies. 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.
gay beaches in Cadiz Spain
gay beaches in Cadiz Spain
fancy pathway with railing overlooking ocean

Along this promenade there are several parks with beautiful tile work and gardens. You can also take a look at the old cannons and lookout points. Also, don’t forget to check out Parque Genoves.

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. The number 1-line bus also starts/terminates here at the nearby bus stop.

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Plaza de San Juan de Dios is a wonderful square in the middle of the Old City with some great restaurants where you can spend an entire afternoon having seafood and beer. Take a stroll through here even if you don’t eat in the plaza.
Cádiz gay travel tips
Cadiz Gay Travel Spain
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!

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.
Cadiz Gay Travel attractions
Cadiz Gay Travel attractions
old city Cadiz
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 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.

gay travel beaches in Cadiz
Cádiz hosts a fantastic pride according to locals. Although the city’s young population is not high, many people of all ages flock to this beautiful place to show LGBT community pride!
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Gay Bars in Cádiz

During my stay in Cádiz I did not spend any time out at bars/nightclubs. However, one local did say that a great place for some drinks out with gay locals is Kings and Queens. This seems to be the local gay bar in Cádiz.
I wish I could help you out more here, but given that Cádiz is smaller and the population of younger gay guys is not very high, it is not a nightlife-oriented destination in my opinion.
old city Cadiz
Cadiz ruins roman theater
gay travel beaches in Cadiz
If you wander into the city center late in the evening, you will surely find bars and restaurants buzzing, so just start wandering!

Cádiz Gay Travel Tips

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 weak. So, many younger people leave the area for work opportunities in larger European Cities. You may notice quite an older population in this seaside city.
best beaches in Cádiz
cádiz architecture
best beaches in Cádiz

Be careful of tourist trap restaurants! Cádiz is a vacation destination and many restaurants will charge higher than reasonable prices for (usually poor quality) food. You can tell this quite easily. If a plate of food costs 15 Euros at a sidewalk restaurant, you’re paying too much. If you seek out local places and walk inside, you‘ll see prices for about half that amount.

Cádiz gay travel tips
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. This stuff is still good! But, note that the Spanish eat much later and restaurants will fire up again around 20:00.
beach Cádiz Spain
gay travel cadiz
beach Cádiz Spain
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 say it’s fantastic!
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