The Torre Tavira in Cádiz

The Torre Tavira in Cádiz

The Torre Tavira is a watchtower and the tallest point in the city of Cadiz, located 45 meters above sea level. It is situated in the Casa-Palacio de los Marqueses de Recaño (currently the Conservatory of Music of Cadiz) and was built in the Baroque style in the 18th century. It was designated as the official watchtower of the Cadiz port in 1778 because it had the highest elevation, and was named after its first watchman, Lieutenant Frigate D. Antonio Tavira.

Currently, it houses the Camera Obscura, one of the most symbolic tourist attractions in the city of Cadiz, as well as two exhibition halls and a viewpoint, from which the entire historic city center can be admired.

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 Torre Tavira is included in the Visit Cádiz audio guided tour. Check it out here:

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

Tickets to the Torre Tavira at Get Your Guide

Explore the ancient city of Cadiz on this 2-hour guided walking tour. Visit two of its most impressive monuments: the Cadiz Cathedral and the Tavira Tower while passing historical landmarks along the way.

The Camera Obscura

The Camera Obscura was inaugurated in 1994 and is composed of an optical system that reflects real-time scenes from the outside onto a white screen. The exhibition halls show, through informative panels, the development of the city of Cadiz and its history in general, and the Torre Tavira in particular during the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors can also admire the original telescope and the watchman’s daily logbook, as well as photographs from the 19th and present centuries that show the changes undergone by the city during the last century.

The camera obscura in the torre Tavira in Cádiz
The Camera obscura in the torre Tavira in Cádiz

From the Torre Tavira, in addition to all the rooftops of Cadiz, one can see Puerto Real, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Rota, and Sancti Petri. When the horizon is clear, the African coast can be glimpsed.

Read more about the watchtowers of Cádiz here:

Opening times and practical information

October – April: 10am – 6pm.
May – September: 10am – 8pm.

  • Duration of the Visit : 45 min.
  • The last entrance in the tower is one hour before closing time.
  • Open every day all year except the 25th of December, the 1st and the 6th of January.
  • Limited capacity. It is necessary to book in advance and follow safety instructions.

Tickets can be bought online at the official website

  • Normal Price: 7,00 Euro
  • Reduced price: 5,50 Euro, for People over 65, Students (with student ID), Groups of more than 10, Disabled people.

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