Savor the seafood-influenced small-plate cuisine of Cadiz at two popular tapas bars, which you will reach by walking through several historical plazas lined with architectural gems.
After departing from the pier on foot, you will soon arrive in the old quarter of Cadiz, which is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in western Europe. Situated on a picturesque peninsula, the area is immensely historic and architecturally rich.
In tree-lined Plaza Mina, you will stop at a restaurant known for its Andalusian tapas. While the menu of these small-plate specialties will vary according to what's freshest, you might expect to be served tapas made with fresh seafood such as anchovies, Bluefin tuna, oysters or shrimp. A local beer or glass of wine makes a wonderful accompaniment.
Continuing on, you will pass popular Plaza de Flores, where you will likely see vendors offering flowers of every color imaginable. Upon reaching Plaza de la Cathedral, you will pause at the namesake stone cathedral at its center. Designed in a Neoclassical style in the 18th century, the stone cathedral has a Moorish feel that reflects the history of Cadiz.
A stop for more tapas at a popular bar in the plaza will reinforce Cadiz's reputation for extraordinary traditional cuisine. You will then walk back toward the pier, stopping briefly at San Juan de Dios, the town's largest square and home to the landmark town hall. As an alternative, you may remain in town and return to the pier later on your own.