Cruises to Cadiz will take you to what is said to be one of the oldest cities in Western Europe being founded by the Phoenicians about 3000 years ago as a trading port.
Cadiz is a very pleasant compact port for strolling around as cruise ships dock centrally. You can stroll as much or as little as you want. If you are feeling fit, an extensive anti clockwise stroll takes you first to the impressive Plaza de Espana.
Then on to the coast road with its fine views
Moving on to the cool green spaces of Alameda de Apodaca, Alameda Marques de Comillas and Parques Genoves.
You can visit Castillo Santa Catalina which has no admission charge but does have nice views from its walls, a small chapel and handy toilets.
After this you’ll pass the beach, Playa de Caleta, very popular with locals.
You’ll then continue round to the magnificent Cathedral
It is possible to take a detour via the Castillo San Sebastián before heading to the Teatro Romano.
The ruins of the Roman Theatre are not as extensive as those at Malaga let alone Cartagena, but in its time it was the largest theatre in Spain.
There is a small museum, which is accessed from inland.
This has an explanatory film and several exhibits as well as giving an excellent view of the ruins.
There are toilets and admission is free.
From here you can walk inland to the shopping area, Mercado Central, several museums and the Tavira Tower for excellent views of the city.
If all this sounds far too exhausting you can turn left out of the port and head straight to the old town and shopping area. Otherwise City Sightseeing Hop on Hop Off buses stop right outside the port gate. These will take you around the coastal road and to the beaches.
We found wifi in the cruise terminal, in the cathedral square and at various bars in the Old Town.