Cádiz is the capital of the province of Cádiz. The population of the city is 133 242, while the population of the urban area is much bigger, 629 054. Cádiz has a typical Andalusian character.
The Old City (Casco Antiguo) is largely formed by narrow alleys, which lead the visitor to a number of plazas. The newer part consist of wide avenues and modern buildings. Cádiz also has a large number of parks.
The city is loved because of its beautiful beaches. It is said, that is home to some of Spain’s most beautiful beaches (La Playa de la Caleta, La Playa de la Victoria, La Playa de Santa María del Mar). Due their beauty it was the muse of many songs, and was a location of many movies.
The Carnival of Cádiz is one of the best known carnivals in the world. It is famous for the satirical groups (chirigotas), their music and lyrics. During two entire weeks of the carnival in February the city turns into an open theater.