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If you believe in legends, it is said that Hercules himself founded the city of Cadiz. As one of the oldest cities in Europe, this magical port certainly exudes an aura of mystique. The people who live here are welcoming and full of fun and the city is a potent mix of vibrant culture, golden beaches, stunning architecture and new discoveries waiting at every corner.
Flights to Cadiz from the UK will involve flying to Jerez de la Frontera Airport, which is approximately 40 minutes away. These flights are run by airlines such as Iberia, Thomson Flights, Ryanair and Lufthansa. Departure airports in the UK include London Heathrow, Glasgow International, Aberdeen, London Stansted and Manchester.
The average time for a flight to Cadiz from the UK is just over five hours and will usually include a transfer at Madrid Airport.
Cadiz's old town can easily be navigated on foot and its narrow streets are not car-friendly. To get around the rest of Cadiz, make use of the bus system. You should be able to get to most areas by bus, as well as the coastline.
If you are exploring the region of Cadiz and not just the capital city, it may be worthwhile checking out Cadiz car hire providers in the local area. There are also trains, buses and ferries to nearby destinations such as Seville and Jerez.
One of the city's biggest attractions is the Carnival of Cadiz, which is often acknowledged as the third largest carnival in the world. This 10-day long celebration involves much singing, dancing and partying. Due to be held from the 27th February till the 9th March 2014, the carnival also features competing chirigotas, satirical groups that sing about politics and news headlines.
Cadiz is home to many sights such as its yellow-domed Cathedral, the impressive Tavira Tower, the ruins of a Roman Theatre and the popular Plaza de Topete. You can also learn about Cadiz's unique and varied past at the Museo de Cadiz, which houses a large archaeology section including Roman statues.
The beach-lovers won't be disappointed as the south of the peninsula hosts Playa de la Victoria, a four kilometre long stretch of coastline. If visiting on the weekend in summer, be aware that the beach gets very busy! To the north, you can visit Playa de la Caleta, where Halle Berry famously emerged from the ocean in the Bond film Die Another Day.