Historic Buildings in Cadiz
When a province, just like the one of Cadiz, has lived thousands of years of civilization with the most important cultures, such as Phoenicians, Romans, Jews, Muslims, Christians … it is logical that it has an immense number of important historical buildings.
As we said, the province of Cadiz has a wide diversity of buildings from different periods and architectural styles.
Here we can find the largest City Hall in all of Andalusia, where the first Spanish Constitution was determined, in the city of San Fernando.
In the capital we can find the Castillo de San Sebastián, an old fortress and nowadays it hosts a lot of concerts and other events.
From the Muslim period we see the Castillo de Guzman el Bueno, which had an important role in the reconquest.
Another very important building is the Castillo de Santi Petri, in Chiclana, located where ancient texts located the Temple of Hercules, which nowadays can be reached through guided tours in kayaks.
In the province of Cadiz there is also the Observatory, that gives the official time to all of Spain and that you can visit, which is located in San Fernando.
In Jerez we can see one of the only examples of Almohad architecture found in Spain, the Alcazar.
The Sierra de Cádiz also has important historical buildings such as the Castles of Olvera, Espera, Arcos and Castellar. The clock tower in Zahara, that of Doña Blanca in Medina, or the Cerro del Castillo, also in Medina, where three different fortresses have been found.
All this and more can be visited in the province of Cadiz and on this page you can find all the information necessary to plan a splendid cultural day.
Castillo de LunaRota
Este Castillo fue construido en el S. XIII sobre un convento fortificado musulmán o ribat. De planta rectangular cuenta con cinco torreones almenados y ha sido residencia de la familia Ponce de León.
Castillo de los GuzmanesTrebujena
Also known as ” of the Guzman ” or ” of Guzmán el Bueno ” it is a defensive structure that has as a singularity that it is not seated on its own foundations, since the whole wall was built directly on the ground.
Faro de ChipionaChipiona
There is evidence of the existence of the Chipiona Lighthouse since the Roman times. The current lighthouse was built between 1863 and 1867, is considered the highest lighthouse in Spain (69 meters) and one of biggest in the world.
Castillo de San SebastiánCadiz
This fortress is used mainly as an exhibition area in the interior areas and venue for concerts and other entertainment events on the outside areas. Getting there, along the Fernando Quiñones promenade is a true spectacle.
Castillo de FatetarEspera
The set fits perfectly to the steep terrain of the hill and is surrounded in part by a pit dug into the rock of very outstanding features. It is composed of two lines of walls and the fortress, well worth the visit.
Casa del CabildoAlcalá de los Gazules
It is an interesting building from the 16th century. In the Renaissance style, it stands out for the contrast of colors and the overlapping of architectural orders on its façade as for its solidity and austerity.
Puerta MatreraArcos de la Frontera
It is the only remains of the original walls of the town. It was the key to the defense of Arcos eastward flank.
Castillo Ducal de ArcosArcos de la Frontera
During the Arab domination it functioned as a fortress or a military citadel and its construction is prior to the 11th century. After the reconquest it became the residence of the Dukes of Arcos and several reforms were undertaken which have given it its current appearance.
Castillo de Sancti PetriChiclana de la Frontera
The fortress was built between the 17th and 19th centuries. This unique place is a cultural and environmental reference in the province, located in the place where the classical texts say the famous Temple of Hercules was situated.
Casa de los LeonesEl Puerto de Santa María
This building from the 18th century, popularly called “Casa de los Leones” (House Of The Lions) named like this because of the reliefs of this animal which are found on the pilasters that frame the façade, is one of the most characteristic of the civil architecture of the Baroque Cadiz examples.
Casa Palacio de AranibarEl Puerto de Santa María
The Palace of Aranibar, from the 17th century, preserves a remarkable coffered ceiling of Moorish origin with geometric shapes. It is one of the best examples of Houses belonging to the so called Chargers to the Indies.
Palacio de la DiputaciónCadiz
This palace was built in the 18th century as the Customs headquarters. It has been featured in several episodes of great historical importance.
Cámara de ComercioCádiz
This building is in the Neoclassical style and was designed by the architect José Gabarrón. Built in 1801, its façade includes all the technical repertoire of this style.
Real Instituto y Observatorio de la ArmadaSan Fernando
It is one of the most important scientific centers in the world. It’s where the official time of Spain is established and it is the first geomagnetic observatory in Spain and it also has a seismograph station.
La Torre del RelojChiclana de la Frontera
It is one of the most emblematic buildings in Chiclana. It is a civil construction of the 18th century, originally part of the old Cabildo.
Castillo de Vejer de la FronteraVejer de la Frontera
Built on top of another castle of Arabic origin, it is possibly the oldest inhabited area in Vejer. It is included within the Group of “Minor castles” because it has only one entrance and one exit placed where it was most accessible and easiest to defend.
Torre de GuzmanConil de la Frontera
It is one of most important historical monuments of Conil de la Frontera. Proof of this is that it is the principle item of the coat of arms of the town. Built in the early 14th century by Alonso Pérez de Guzmán, “Guzmán el Bueno”, it is in the Gothic style. It was the center element from which the urban expansion of the city began.
Molino de los DiezmosEspera
The old Cilla House is an interesting baroque building that was intended to collect and store the products of the tithes, a tribute that was offered to the Church. It also had a wine press and a mill, which activity has continued to this day and age.
Palacio de Orleans y BorbónSanlucar de Barrameda
Beautiful building built in the mid-19th century as a summer residence of the Dukes of Montpensier and other royal members of Spain. Currently it houses the City Hall.
Casa de las Cuatro TorresCádiz
The House of the Four Towers (Casa de las Cuatro Torres) encompasses four fully independent houses, but designed with a unitary spirit.
Castillo del Fontanar – Palacio de los RiberaBornos
This ancient Arabic fortress preserves some paintings of the wall and tower. In the 16th century it was completely restored and transformed, receiving the name of Palace of the Ribera.
Ayuntamiento de VillaluengaVillaluenga del Rosario
It is a civil architecture building which owes its importance to the town being the capital of the estate of the seven villas.
Alcázar de Jerez y Cámara OscuraJerez de la Frontera
It is the oldest monument in the city and one of the few examples of Almohad architecture preserved in the peninsula. We must make a special mention to the Palacio de Villavicencio, in whose tower is located the Dark Chamber.
Colegio de la SangreBornos
This is an interesting building from the late 16th century which was also been used as a hospital. It was built to house twelve hidalgo servants, squires of the house of the Lord Duke and other good and clean blood men from their state.
Casa de las Cadenas (Archivo Histórico Provincial)Cádiz
The Casa de las Cadenas (House of Chains) is currently the headquarters of the Provincial Historical Archives. The facade retains a monumental baroque portal of Genoese marble.
Torre del HomenajeZahara de la Sierra
It is a monument that has arrived in good shape to our days from the old Moorish town of Zahara de la Sierra and an excellent vantage point from where you can see all the surrounding.
Fuerte de San GarcíaAlgeciras
Located in the Centenarian Park in Algeciras, it is a valuable example of defensive architecture from the 18th century.
Plaza de Toros de El PuertoEl Puerto de Santa María
Having a monumental personality it was inaugurated in 1880, its extraordinary size and architectural style, are influenced by the bullfighting history of the town and their circumstances at the time of the construction.
Castillo de ChipionaChipiona
Perched on a rock very near to the Cruz del Mar beach, it was built to protect the fish weirs that were at the waterfront.
Arsenal de la CarracaSan Fernando
First military establishment created in Spain used for constructing and repairing ships and storing and distributing weapons and ammunition.
PósitoArcos de la Frontera
This beautiful building has beautiful stone facade from the 18th century. This former grain store is now a health center.
Torre del RelojZahara de la Sierra
It is one of the oldest monuments in Zahara de la Sierra. It was built in the 16th century; this ancient bell tower marked the rhythm of life in the town, indicating the duration of the workdays and the worshiping activities.
Torre de la MercedRota
It belonged to the former Convent of la Merced, being the only architectural remnant that remains of it. The original building was completely destroyed by the earthquake that struck Rota in 1722.
It is one of the most important monuments to visit in Bornos. The exterior of the building, built in the 18th century is in the Neoclassical style, noteworthy for its sobriety and the simplicity of the lines of its façade,
Palacio Ducal de Medina SidoniaSanlucar de Barrameda
Beautiful building whose origin lies in the known as Alcázar Viejo, residence used by Guzmán el Bueno to seat the Lordship of Sanlucar, obtained at the end of the 13th century. It preserves the archive of the Ducal House of Medina Sidonia and is home to the ‘Foundation Medina Sidonia.
Colegio Nuestra Señora de las NievesArcos de la Frontera
It was founded as a convent in 1675 by the Jesuits and after their expulsion by Carlos III two years later it is occupied by Mercedarians until the confiscation of Mendizabal.
Castillo de Castellar de la FronteraCastellar de la Frontera
It is closely related to the history and origin of the villa which is situated in the 10th century. Strolling along its narrow streets, visiting its terraces and enjoying the surrounding views are unique spectacles.
Castillo de Guzmán el BuenoTarifa
Built in the middle of the 10th century by order of Caliph Abd al-Rahman III. This fortress had a very important role during the reconquest, the defense of attacks by Barbary Pirates in centuries after and the War of Independence.
Posada del MesónCadiz
It is one of the best preserved examples of buildings of this type in the city. It is from the 17th century and is organized around a courtyard with large arches on pillars in the first part and wooden galleries in the second.
Molinos de Viento Las Tres AveMaríasVejer de la Frontera
Built to preserve the tradition of the village which was always identified with the silhouette of this type of constructions. You can take a guided tour to learn about the functioning of the mill or take different hiking routes around the mills. a guided tour to learn about the functioning of the mill or take different hiking routes around the mills.”
Casa Palacio de los MoraCadiz
Designed by Juan de la Vega, its physiognomy responds to the Elizabethan style and can be considered as one of the most outstanding 19thcentury civil buildings in the city.
Castillo de Tavizna o AznalmaraBenaocaz
It is situated on a hill that rises in the middle of a valley, around five hundred meters away from the river Tavizna. The fortress is now in ruins, although you can visit a huge courtyard. It was formerly known as Aznalmara Castle.
Panteón de Marinos IlustresSan Fernando
It is a Neoclassical building from the 18th century in which it has several mausoleums of the most illustrious sailors.
San Juan de Dios, ArcosArcos de la Frontera
Although currently it is a Senior Residential Center, in its Baroque Church highlighted is the main altarpiece made out of Flanders pine without browning, the statue of Christ of the Veracruz and Nuestra Señora de la Antigua.
Palacio del Conde del ÁguilaArcos de la Frontera
It is a building in the Gothic-Mudejar style, making it one of the oldest in the province.
Antiguo Hospital MilitarCádiz
Made in the Baroque style and rectangular shaped, it began to be built next to the Hermitage of Santo Ángel in 1667. It is organized around three courtyards with arches supported by white marble columns.
Ayuntamiento de BenaocazBenaocaz
It is an interesting Baroque building divided into two floors with an Arab-tile roof. In its interior it has an archive of historical documents from the 16th century.
Casas ConsistorialesSan Fernando
It is in the Neoclassical style and is considered the largest in Andalusia. Built in the 18th century, standing out are the façade and the Elizabethan-style marble lobby.
Here on September the 24th of 1810 members of the first general and extraordinary courts met and elaborated the first Spanish Constitution.
Casa de las Cinco TorresCádiz
Known as La Casa de las Cinco Torres (The House of the Five Towers) is a group of different houses built on a block of large proportions. It was built around 1771 and is in the Baroque and transitional Neoclassical style.
Antiguo Balneario de la Palma (Centro Andaluz de Arqueología Subacuática)Cádiz
The Balneario de la Palma is one of the most unique buildings of the city. Opened in 1926, it replaced the traditional Baños del Real.
It is a palace owned by the Rosa family built in the early eighteenth century. Standing out is the white marble portal, the courtyard and the conventual type stairs.
Casa del AlmiranteCádiz
It is one of the most significant examples of the houses of shippers to the Indies preserved in the city. Emphasized is its great Baroque façade, made of red marbles of Genoese origin.
Monasterio de la VictoriaEl Puerto de Santa María
This building was constructed on the outskirts of the city. Since its foundation, this building has gone through various vicissitudes and different uses.
Castillo de SantiagoSanlucar de Barrameda
This building was built in the second half of the 15th century by the 2nd Duke of Medina Sidonia, being considered a demonstration of power of the Duchy
Restos del castillo y murallas musulmanasAlcalá de los Gazules
They are located near the San Jorge Square, occupying what was the courtyard of the castle. Of the fortress only a tower remains, because the rest was blown up during the War of Independence. You can also visit the Puerta de la Villa.