Admire the striking white monument, built to commemorate the 1812 Constitution, that stands in this grand public square next to the port.
Pay a visit to the lovely Plaza de España on a sunny day and enjoy a few moments of peace. This beautiful semicircular public square features leafy parkland and a backdrop of pretty and historic buildings. By far its most notable element, however, is the spectacular white monument to the 1812 Constitution that dominates the space.
The area where the plaza now sits was first cleared in the early 20th century. Work on both the square and the monument finished in 1929, when the new public space was unveiled. Consider what a remarkable achievement this was, given the length of time it took to come to pass. A monument to the Constitution, which was one of the very first written constitutions in the world, was proposed at the time of its creation. But it was not until more than a century later that the monument would be built.
Marvel at the elaborate design and spectacular height of the monument. Notice the two bronze figures on horseback at either side of the monument, symbolizing war and peace. A statue of Hercules acts as the representative of the city of Cádiz. Look for long enough and many more details will present themselves.
Take the time to appreciate, too, the rows of elegant buildings that surround the plaza. These 18th-century buildings tell a story about the changing architectural styles favored in Cádiz, within a relatively short span of time.
Make sure you leave time to explore some of the other attractions located in the vicinity. Directly to the east is the port, where you can watch the boats bobbing in the water or set off on a short cruise or daytrip. To the west is downtown Cádiz. Find cultural sights such as the Museum of Cádiz here.
As it is an outdoor public space, you can visit the Plaza de España for free at any time of day. Find it around a 10-minute walk to the northwest of the city’s main train station.