The Plaza de San Juan de Dios in Cádiz

The Plaza de San Juan de Dios in Cádiz

Nestled in the heart of the historic center, Plaza de San Juan de Dios is one of the most important squares in the city, steeped in history and charm. Its irregular layout is a testament to its rich past, dating back to the 1500s when it served as a bustling center of urban activity and trade with the Americas.

The town hall in the Plaza San Juan de Dios in Cádiz.
The town hall in the Plaza San Juan de Dios in Cádiz.

As you stand in this vibrant square, take a moment to admire the impressive architecture that surrounds you. The Town Hall, an exquisite example of Elizabethan style from the 1700s, stands as a symbol of the city’s heritage and grandeur.

The audio guided tour of Cádiz
Uncover the Charms of Cádiz with Clive: A Unique Audio Walking Tour with VoiceMap
Uncover the Charms of Cádiz with Clive: A Unique Audio Walking Tour with VoiceMap

The Plaza San Juan de Dios is included in the Visit Cádiz audio guided tour. In fact, its the last stop in our tour of the city. Check it out here: https://visitingcadiz.com/immerse-yourself-in-cadizs-rich-history-a-guided-audio-tour/

Or, just scan the QR code on the left with your mobile phone.

Hostal Bahia

Set in the historic center of Cadiz, this low-key budget hotel is really close to the Plaza de San Juan de Dios and just a minute’s walk from the Palacio de Congresos. It is also within walking distance from Cádiz train station.

The unassuming, compact rooms come with straightforward furnishings, plus TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Some rooms sleep up to 3 people.
There’s a patio with seating, as well as a 24-hour reception.

The modern looking Plaza San Juan de Dios

Overlooking the square is the magnificent church of San Juan de Dios, renowned for its Baroque facade and ornate interior. Step inside and marvel at the intricate details that adorn this sacred space, offering a glimpse into Cadiz’s religious heritage.

In 2012, Plaza de San Juan de Dios underwent a transformation, with the pedestrianization of the space and the addition of new ornamental elements. Among these is the monument to the Cádiz politician Segismundo Moret, originally inaugurated in 1909 and recovered during the remodeling.

The Cádiz politician Segismundo Moret
The Cádiz politician Segismundo Moret (And a seagull photobombing my picture!)

Today, Plaza de San Juan de Dios remains a popular gathering place for both locals and tourists, offering a unique blend of history and modernity in the heart of Cadiz’s old town. Take some time to explore the square, soak in its atmosphere, and appreciate the beauty of this historic landmark.

Nestled among the plaza are numerous bars and restaurants, offering a tantalizing array of local delicacies and refreshing beverages. Whether you’re craving traditional tapas or innovative cuisine, the Plaza de San Juan de Dios has something to satisfy every palate.

Plaza San Juan de Dios in Cádiz
The Plaza de San Juan de Dios is one of my favorite places to visit in Cádiz

The side streets leading into the Plaza San Juan de Dios are also well worth exploring for their culinary delights!

See the full list of plazas in the city of Cádiz here: https://visitingcadiz.com/plazas-in-cadiz/


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