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Cádiz is a city and port on the southwest coast of Spain, it is the capital of the Cádiz Province one of the provinces of Andalusia. The old city lies on a peninsula that streches out into the Atlantic.
The Carnival de Cádiz is most likely the most famous carnival celibration in the whole of Spain. It is simultaniously with all the other carnival celibrations in the world, and thus takes place in February or March. If you want to stay in Cádiz for this party, you need to book ahead.
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Nearby Jerez de la Frontera has a small airport (XRY), that is serviced by Iberia from Madrid and Vueling from Barcelona, and some of the other lowcost airlines, with destinations like Helsinki, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Brussels, London, Manchester and several other domestic destinations and seasonal flights (Amsterdam for example). There are busses running from the busstation in Jerez de la Frontera and to the airport, on somewhat regular times.
Cádiz is connected to other nearby places like Jerez de la Frontera and Seville by regional trains. You can check the website of Renfe, the Spanish Railway Company, for timetables to cities within Spain.
Cádiz lies on the A4 and the AP-4 (toll road) motorways, that runs from the Seville, passes Jerez de la Frontera, and ends near Cádiz. From the end of the A-4, you can continue to the city on the A-443, which also runs over the bridge that connects San Fernando with Cádiz.
If you are planning trips outside of the town, or to some other towns in the neighbourhood (Santa Maria or Jerez), take a good look at the website of the consorcio de bahia de Cadiz, that runs most of the public transport in the region. The trainstation lies just outside of the old town, in the newer parts of Cádiz, there are another 4 stations making getting around pretty easy.
From the busstation near the city walls there are busses leaving for many nearby places, but also for cities that are further away like Granada and Almeria. Check the website: buses in Cadiz.
The historical town is little over a kilometre long, and a kilometre wide, so getting around by foot is the best option to see the town.
If you're in the Cadiz area, chocolate con churros is a must. It consists of doughnut strips (sprinkled with sugar) and really thick hot chocolate to dip them in.
|Casa Caracol||Suaraez de Salazar 4||Hostel||90|
|Emilios Bar||Paseo de la bahia Nº77, Puerto Sherry, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz||Apartment||-|
|Hostal El Campanario||Paseo Maritimo Playa de la Barrosa Calle Rompeolas Chiclana de la Frontera, Cadiz||Guesthouse||-|
|El Baobab Hostel||Calle del Pagador, 37 Puerto de Santa María||Hostel||-|
|Hotel Argantonio||C/ Argantonio, 3||Hotel||-|
|Hostal Fantoni||C/ Flamenco 5||Guesthouse||-|
|The Melting Pot Hostel Cadiz||Calle Rosario Cépeda, 14||Hostel||-|
|Cadiz Inn Backpackers||C/ Botica 2||Hostel||91|
|Hotel Patagonia Sur||C/ Cobos 11||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Spa Cadiz Plaza||Glorieta Ingeniero la Cierva 3||Hotel||-|
|La Casa de David||Plaza Jesus Nazareno||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Albergue Inturjoven Chipiona||Paseo Costa de la Luz s/n Chipiona||HOSTEL||-|
|Casa Henrietta||Calle Sevilla 44 Jimena de la Frontera||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Pension San Martin||Calle de San Martín, 10 Donostia||Guesthouse||-|
|Albergue Inturjoven El Bosque||Molino de Enmedio s/n El Bosque||HOSTEL||-|
|Mambo Beach House||Casa la Playa (Close to Hostal Reyes) Paseo Maritimo s/n, El Palmar, Vejer de la Fronter||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Casa Patio del Panadero||C/ San Jose 39||APARTMENT||-|
|Casa Calma||454 El Palmar Vejer de la Frontera||GUESTHOUSE||-|
Internet is widely available within Spain. Most airports have wifi-zones and in most towns there are internet cafés or shops where you can use internet for a fixed price. Wi-Fi points in bars and cafeterias are available after ordering, and most hotels offer Wi-Fi connection in common areas for their guests.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.
In cities you can find plenty of public phones, and 'locutorios'. The latter are small shops where you can use the phone and use internet. Most of them also sell prepaid cards for mobile telephones. These shops are used a lot by foreigners to call to their mother country.
The main mobile network operators in Spain are Yoigo, Vodafone, Movistar and Orange, as in most of Europe voice and data coverage is generally good in urban areas however it can be patchy in rural locations. Cheap mobile phones (less than €50) with some pre-paid minutes are sold at FNAC or any phone operator's shop (Vodafone, Movistar, Orange). Topping-up is then done by buying scratch cards from the small stores, supermarkets, vending points (often found in tobacco shops) or kiosks.
If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times will vary according to the size of the city/town and the main post offices might be open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages. Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78. If you want to send a package you are probably better off with a private courier company like TNT, DHL or UPS, as they offer quick and reliable services against competitive prices.
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