Cadiz cruises

Historic, mysterious and romantic, the Spanish city of Cadiz is unique. It is generally considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe founded in around 1100 BC. An ancient port city in southwest Spain, almost completely surrounded by water, it contains enough history to enchant and intrigue you throughout your Cadiz cruise.

You will find a complex warren of streets, bustling bars and pretty beaches; it is difficult to know what to do or where to go first. Packed with historic sites, monuments and an excellent museum of art and archaeology, Cadiz is a draw for history buffs and those attracted by the arts.

Things to do on your Cadiz cruise

To begin with, consider a visit to the Catedral de Cadiz, an elegant, baroque-neoclassical, yellow-domed cathedral. Admire the view from the Campo del Sur as the sun goes down to see a breath-taking array of colours. Outside the cathedral, you will find the sizeable Casa del Obispo museum. It is on the site of 1,640 square yards of excavated ruins, and helps to bring to life the colourful history of Cadiz.

Cadiz is home to one of Spain’s most famous carnivals – Los Carnavales. Roaring on for two weeks, this carnival is distinctive due to its celebration of the clever, the witty and the irreverent. Rehearsals and contests are held throughout the year, meaning that in Cadiz, the carnival feels omnipresent.

When you are ready to relax after all that heat, head to one of Cadiz’s many beautiful beaches. Try Playa de la Victoria, a spacious beach with a happy and relaxed vibe and easy transport links. It is just over half a mile south of the Puerta de Tierra and stretches 2.5 miles along the peninsula. Whether you want to sit back and enjoy the weather or try your hand at some water sports, you can do it all here.

You may also want to visit La Caleta- this pretty beach is sandwiched between two castles; Castillo de Santa Catalina and Castillo de San Sebastian. It is not difficult to see why this beach is one of the most photographed in the city, and the picturesque cove also attracts many small fishing boats at sunset. Make sure to pick up some seafood by the beach, as it is some of the best in Spain.

The fascinating history of Cadiz

The history of this Spanish city is fascinating and complex. La Pepa, Spain’s first liberal constitution was signed here in 1812. It went through plenty of turbulent times, too; in 1587, England’s Sir Francis Drake raided the harbour and “singed the King of Spain’s beard,” delaying the Spanish Armada. The city came under siege again in 1596, when Anglo-Dutch attackers burnt the city to the ground.

Fortunately, Cadiz’s fortunes changed in the 18th century, when it saw 75% of Spanish trade with the Americas. Because of this, Cadiz grew into one of the richest and most cosmopolitan and diverse cities in Spain, producing the country’s first progressive and liberal middle class. 

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Sherry and Royal Horse Training

    A tour that captures the very best of Jerez. Sample sherry before watching the training of world renowned horses.

    Sherry and Royal Horse Training

    Driving through Cadiz, your panoramic journey will head to Jerez. Take in such sights as the exterior of Domeq Palace and the Convent Church of Santo Domingo. You will also have a glimpse of the Plaza del Caballo, Horse Square, which contains a monument symbolising the city.

    A ‘must-do’ on a visit to Jerez is a guided tour of one of the famous ‘bodegas’. An interesting insight into the blending process will be given and, most importantly, a sherry tasting session of the different types of sherry.

    The wine aristocrats of this area take their horsemanship very seriously and some of the finest horses can be seen at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Situated in the grounds of a splendid 19th century palace, this prestigious school was established by Alvaro Domeq in the 1970’s. The Spanish-Andalusian horses are a world-renowned pure breed with incredible grace, speed, stamina and beauty. Admire these magnificent creatures and their skilled riders as they train for their show.



    Guests are advised that there is approximately two hours' of walking during this tour. There are some steps at both the Bodega and the Equestrian School. The use of cameras is strictly forbidden within the building of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, however cameras are permitted in the grounds outside. The order of itinerary may vary.

    Tour code

    CA1_001

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • A Day in Seville

    A full day to explore and discover wonderful Seville.

    A Day in Seville

    Experience the flavour of Andalusia as you explore the massive Cathedral of Seville. Stroll through the Maria Luisa Gardens and admire the breathtaking Plaza España.

    Arriving in Seville, you will enjoy a panoramic drive along Avenida de las Palmeras en route to Plaza de América.

    Seville’s Cathedral was originally built as a mosque. Recent measurements have revealed that the Cathedral is in fact larger than St Paul’s or St Peter’s in Rome. The interior of the vast altar features 45 carvings depicting the life of Christ and the Cathedral also holds the tomb of Columbus.

    Discover the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the city’s former Jewish quarter, which is a labyrinth of narrow streets. The whitewashed buildings are decorated with wrought-iron grilled windows and contain lovely tiled patios.

    Enjoy luncheon accompanied by wine at a local restaurant in Seville.



    The drive between Cádiz and Seville is approximately 1½ hours each way. There will be approximately 2 hours’ walking whilst in Seville with cobblestoned pavements in the old quarter. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    CA1_016

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Walking in the City

    Explore the city on foot and discover the intriguing old town of Cádiz and its haphazardly placed Moorish-style houses.

    Walking in the City

    Jutting out of the Bay of Cádiz, and almost entirely surrounded by water, Cádiz can lay claim to being Europe’s oldest city, where legend names Hercules as its founder. Some of its 18th century walls still stand and the old quarter is famous for its picturesque charm.

    One of the best ways of getting to know a city is by exploring on foot. Your guide will take you through narrow lanes, where flowers sprout from rusting cans mounted on walls beside religious paintings. At the Plaza de España, you’ll find a monument to the first Spanish constitution of 1812 and then pass by the Town Hall in the Plaza de San Juan de Dios. The golden cupola of the Cathedral looms high above long, white houses and you’ll hear how this house of worship was built from silver and gold from the New World. Relax awhile over a sherry, a beer or a soft drink at a local café.

    Get the best out of your visit by exploring the many highlights of this once highly fortified town in the company of a knowledgeable guide.



    This tour is conducted entirely on foot. Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    CA1_004

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Picturesque Cadiz & Flamenco

    Enjoy a panoramic drive around Cádiz before soaking up the atmosphere of a local tavern with Spanish tapas, flamenco dancing and music.

    Picturesque Cadiz & Flamenco

    No visit to Andalusia would be complete without sampling some tasty tapas and a flamenco performance.

    First take a panoramic drive around Cádiz to view the Cathedral and the city’s 18th century walls.

    A local ‘tablao’ or tavern is the setting for an authentic flamenco display. Flamenco is the music of Spanish gypsies, influenced by both Western and Moorish sources. Sit back and drink in a traditional performance of toccata, balletic dances, haunting ballads and its fiery guitar music.

    While enjoying the music and wine, you will also be served local Spanish tapas – small plates of Serrano ham, cheese and Spanish omelette. You may even like to try some flamenco dancing for yourself.



    Comfortable, flat walking shoes are recommended. There is approximately 20 minutes' total walking during this tour, including cobblestones.

    Tour code

    CA1_014

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3 hours

  • La Barrosa Beach Transfer

    Unwind and soak up some sunshine on one of Andalucia’s finest beaches!

    La Barrosa Beach Transfer

    This transfer will take you to La Barrosa Beach, where the time is yours to spend as you please.

    Barrosa Beach is considered one of the best on the Andalucian coast, due to its fine sand, clear waters, pine trees and beautiful sand dunes that back the southern part of the beach. The 7km length of beach is a continuation of Playa de Sancti Petri and stretches past the resort of Novo Sancti Petri to the Torre de Puerco. The promenade is lined with many restaurants and cafés, where you can purchase lunch or refreshments.

    Dip yours toes in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean or simply sit back and relax with a good book!

    This excursion operates by coach and on foot. Guests are advised that the transfer is approximately 40 minutes each way. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available to rent at the beach. It is recommended to carry small denominations of Euros for these additional purchases. The beach is public and therefore may become busy. There are independent suppliers on the beach that may offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to Cunard. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    CA1_041

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Sherry & Royal Horse Show

    Jerez - renowned for its sherry and its horses; this unmissable tour includes both.

    Sherry & Royal Horse Show

    For a truly memorable experience, take the opportunity to see the Spanish-Andalusian horses perform their spectacular show. These beautiful, pure breed creatures have incredible grace, speed and stamina and their experienced riders display wonderful skills of horsemanship.

    The prestigious Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art was established in the 1970’s in the grounds of a splendid 19th century palace, and ever since the ‘dressage and dance’ performances have enthralled audiences. The show starts promptly at midday and lasts for approximately 1½ hours.

    Whether it is sherry-fino, amontillado or oloroso, you’ll want to sample this fine fortified wine here in its hometown. One of the famous ‘bodegas’ of Jerez opens its doors and invites you to see the blending process of this popular tipple. Your visit is rounded off with a tasting session of three different varieties within the unique atmosphere of the cellar itself.



    The drive to Jerez is approximately 45 minutes each way. Cameras and videos are not permitted around the horses; only in the grounds. Please note there are approximately 25 steps up to the seating area of the Horse Show.

    Tour code

    CA1_002

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Andalusia Drive

    Marvel at the beautiful countryside of Andalusia and its attractive white villages, from the comfort of your coach.

    Andalusia Drive

    When people mention Andalusia, the images that come to mind are white villages, scenic countryside, agriculture and fighting bulls. Join this tour to get a glimpse of real Andalusian culture.

    Your panoramic drive will take you through Medina Sidonia, a town located in the heart of the province of Cadiz – between the mountains and the sea. Along this route, one of the most prestigious herds of bulls can be viewed, set against the backdrop of the historical town of Medina.

    Travelling along the so called ‘Bull Route’, your guide will take you into the countryside and explain about the region’s agriculture, such as the surrounding olive groves and vineyards. The guide will also intrigue you with the history of fighting bulls, dating back to Tartesinien and Carthaginian times.

    Passing by the village of Vejer de la Frontera, you will reach Conil de la Frontera with its stunning beach. Alight here for a refreshing cup of tea or coffee and the chance to enjoy some free time to explore the village.


    This excursion will operate by coach. You will have approximately one hour's free time at Conil.

    Tour code

    CA1_013

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • A Trail of Two Cities

    Discover the history and culture of two of the most important cities in Southern Spain.

    A Trail of Two Cities

    Upon arrival in Jerez, you’ll view the city’s highlights, town squares and monuments from the comfort of your coach, before continuing on foot to the Alcazar, an amazing 12th century Moorish Fortress. You’ll also see the Cathedral of Jerez and the beautiful ‘Plaza de Arenal’ before some free time to rest your feet and perhaps sample a local sherry wine if you wish.

    Back in Cadiz, you’ll meet your guide at the pier for a walking tour of the city, widely acknowledged to be the oldest city in Europe, founded in 1100 BC.

    As you stroll through the historical part of Cadiz, you’ll see the Town Hall, the impressive Cathedral and ‘Plaza de las Flores’ (Flower Sellers Square). There will be some free time to enjoy a refreshing drink or browse the local souvenir shops.



    This tour is operated by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours’ walking during this tour. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    CA1_022

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    • Shopping

      Shopping

    Duration

    5½ hours

  • Evening Tapas Tasting & Sherry Sampling

    Enjoy an evening at a leading bodega with sherry tasting and tapas.

    Evening Tapas Tasting & Sherry Sampling

    Jerez de la Frontera has the distinction of being internationally famous as the home and source of sherry wine. Sherry and brandy production by English and Spanish companies over the centuries has resulted in an aristocracy with large ranches alongside the vast vineyards.

    Upon arrival in Jerez in the early evening, you will visit a leading sherry bodega (wine cellar). The blending process responsible for the continuing perfection of quality sherry wine will be explained during your guided tour.

    Afterwards, enjoy a typical Andalusian ‘merienda’, which is an early evening dinner for the Spanish consisting of various tapas dishes, accompanied by some of the sherry wines of the bodega. Relax and soak up the unique evening atmosphere of one of Europe's largest and most popular wine cellars before returning to your ship.

    This tour will operate by coach and on foot. The drive to Jerez is approximately 45 minutes each way. There is approximately 30 minutes of walking on this tour, over mainly flat and even ground.

    Tour code

    CA1_027

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    3½ hours

  • Vejer & Cape Trafalgar

    Visit the mountain village of Vejer de la Frontera, a true gem on the Costa Del La Luz.

    Vejer & Cape Trafalgar

    Squeezed between the sierras and the sea, Vejer is perched high above the steep gorge of the River Barbate. Declared a national monument in 1978, this pretty, white-washed village offers a perfect example of what many Andalusian towns were like during five centuries of Islamic rule.

    Enjoy a guided walk through this stunning town as you explore the cobbled-stoned streets, meandering through a charming jumble of secret corners, hidden patios and delightful houses. Cross the splendid Plaza de España, undoubtedly one of the prettiest village squares in Spain and where you can enjoy some free time.

    Continuing by coach, sit back, relax and enjoy the rich countryside as you pass through the Natural Park ‘La Breña’, a beautiful and protected pine forest. Look out also for Cape Trafalgar, the lighthouse marking the bleak headland where Lord Horatio Nelson won the Battle of Trafalgar, but sadly lost his life.



    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is approximately 1½ hours’ total walking during this tour, including some hilly terrain in Vejer. Shops in Vejer are generally closed on Sundays.

    Tour code

    CA1_024

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Sherry Tasting at Tio Pepe

    Sample some of Jerez's most famous export - sherry.

    Sherry Tasting at Tio Pepe

    If you have already booked the popular Jerez On Your Own tour, why not add on a guided tour around the famous Tio Pepe bodega followed by a tasting of two popular sherrys.

    This experience should only be booked in conjunction with the Jerez On Your Own shore excursion.

    Tour code

    CA1_026

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    1½ hours