Spain's cheapest city break revealed – where a bottle of wine costs under £4 & it's warm in November | The Sun09/20/2023
WHILE Spain is a popular holiday destination among Brits, finding somewhere affordable can be a little bit tricky.
Thankfully, a little-known destination in Spain has just been named one of the cheapest city breaks in the world.
Recent research from Bounce, a luggage storage company, revealed the most affordable city breaks around the world.
While Timișoara in Romania took the crown, largely thanks to its cheap food and drink, somewhere in Spain also made the cut.
Cadiz, a port city on the southern tip of Andalusia, was ranked in ninth place – making it the cheapest spot in Spain.
The breaks were ranked based on factors like accommodation, transport fares, meals out, and supermarket groceries.
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According to the research, the average price of a hotel room in Cadiz is £103 per night – a figure that drops further if two people share a room.
Food and drink is cheap too, with a bottle of wine costing as little £3.63, meanwhile, a meal out at a mid-range restaurant will cost around £9 per person.
Earlier this year, I spent four days in Cadiz where I made the most of the cheap prices.
What is there to do in Cadiz?
Despite the affordable transport fares, many of which cost a little over €1, Cadiz is a small city, which makes it extremely walkable.
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When I arrived in Cadiz, I decided to save my euros and use my feet to hop between attractions.
On my first day, I made a beeline for Cadiz Cathedral, which dominates the local skyline thanks to its glistening golden dome.
My tour guide informed me that the bright rooftop was designed so incoming vessels could spot the port city in the daylight.
While entry tickets into the cathedral cost €9, there are plenty of free things to do.
One of those attractions is el Callejon del Duende, the narrowest street in Cadiz.
The street has been closed to the public for many years, but I was still able to take a picture between the metal gates.
Another free attraction is the Roman amphitheatre, which is situated next to the city's promenade.
I made sure to visit the theatre the moment it opened, so I could avoid the hordes of day-trippers.
Other attractions in the city include a visit to La Caleta, one of the local beaches, and a stroll around Mercado Central – an outdoor marketplace.
Beyond Cadiz, there are simply too many places to explore along the region’s southern edge.
With my days limited, I decided to scope out the neighbouring towns of Vejer de la Frontera and Conil de la Frontera.
Vejer de la Frontera is a picturesque hill town with viewpoints overlooking orange groves and the Straits of Gibraltar.
Meanwhile, Conil de la Frontera is famous for its white-washed buildings and hearty dishes of freshly caught red tuna fish.
What is there to eat?
If there's one thing I love about going abroad, it's visiting the local supermarkets.
During my short trip, my friend and I made the most of the cheap supermarket prices and stocked up on bottles of wine for less than £4.
Because my hotel didn't serve breakfast, I found myself dining for every meal.
At Cafeteria Kambembo, a coffee, a glass of orange juice, and a slice of toast, served with a tub of spicy tomato sauce called Salmorejo, set me back less than £4.
For a sweet breakfast, try churros with chocolate – which can be purchased at plenty of coffee shops throughout the city.
Cafe Bombon, a strong shot of espresso served with sweetened condensed milk, is another little treat – and it acts as the perfect afternoon pick-me-up too.
For an evening meal, I'd recommend eating at La Candela where a sumptuous seafood platter and a chilled glass of white wine, set me back £15.
How do I get there?
When booking a trip, the summer is the best time to visit, with highs of 28C.
But temperatures can still reach 26C in September too, and they very rarely drop below the mid-teens.
In fact, it still sees moderately warm temperatures in November.
The average temperature for the month is 17C, which is higher than England's average temperatures for August this summer – and it gets daytime highs of 20C.
The easiest way to reach Cadiz is by flying to Seville Airport, before jumping on a train to the port city.
Both easyJet and British Airways operate direct flights to the Spanish city of Seville, with prices starting from £32 per person.
From Seville Airport, take the airport bus to Seville Santa Justa Train Station where trains depart to Cadiz.
Journey times take roughly 90 minutes, and prices start from £15.22 for a full-paying adult.
Tickets should be booked in advance online on the Renfe website.
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