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Providing you book months in advance, there is some fantastic accommodation to choose from in Cádiz during the city’s February carnival. From quirky budget accommodation to beautiful hotels, below you’ll find our pick of the best places to stay in the city during its famous annual extravaganza.
This funky hostel is just a five-minute walk away from the shabby-chic fishing quarter of La Viña, where you can see some of the carnival’s best street performances. Cádiz Cadi offers shared accommodation at competitive prices and imaginatively decorated communal spaces in which you can meet other guests or relax in front of the TV. To really get into the spirit of carnival, you could even try writing your own couplet (one of the witty, satirical songs performed during carnival) on the in-house piano.
The rooms at Hotel La Catedral – located, as its named suggests, right opposite the magnificent 18th-century Santa Cruz cathedral – are all themed around a notable person, artwork or historical monument of Cádiz. It’s perfectly appointed if you intend to do a little sightseeing as well as celebrate carnival, as all the city’s historical attractions are within an easy 10-minute walk. To watch the partying unfold on Plaza de la Catedral, head up to the roof terrace; although it’ll be too cold to use the Jacuzzi, you’ll have a great view of the street performers below.
The cheerful Summer Cádiz Hostal is in the old fishing barrio of La Viña, where revellers head to enjoy the best chirigotas – groups of street artists who perform the satirical songs for which Cádiz carnival is famous. Its accommodation comprises shared dorms as well as single and twin bedrooms, while facilities include a well-equipped kitchen, lounge and roof terrace. And for when you’re not enjoying the nearby street performances, take advantage of the bike rides and pub crawls arranged by the staff.