Cádiz is known worldwide for its watchtowers. They are witness to the trade and prosperity which the city experienced in the 18th century. At this time, the Tavira Tower the official watchtower of Cádiz due to the fact that it is situated in the centre of town, and was also the highest point in the town at 45 meters above the sea level.

Don Antonio Tavira was the first watchman of the tower and used his telescope to see the ships full with goods coming from America. Today the Camera Obscura enables us to observe Cádiz and its development in the 21th century.



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Founded: 18th century
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Paola Rivera (12 months ago)
Literally the best view of Cordoba. Super friendly staff. The lady at front desk gave us a map and took time to guide us to the best places to see and even recomend us a delicious restaurant.
Alexandra Ciopei (12 months ago)
Fantastic place, really easy to clime, you have to clime stares but is was quite simply to get to the top. There are over 100 stares but don't panic is ok to clime them and the view from there is really nice. You ca see all Cadiz from there. The tickets just from climbing is 6 euro.
Allan Wang (12 months ago)
Go on a clear day, late. I think it's overrated, but then what do I know. If you know physics, you'll realize the camera is nothing special. Every attraction needs a gimmick. Tour groups will book up slots ahead, so you may not get a time you want for the camera, or even if you show up early. It's a scrum if you are there when a group is. I was fortunate to be the first, only one up top for a while. Highest point, nice vantage point, to be sure. Not sure it's worth €6, but it's an experience.
Jojo M (13 months ago)
Not sure €6 was worth this attraction - it’s just a lookout point (own pace) and a 20-minute discussion tour of Cádiz in a dark room with other people. Our tour was in Spanish and English at the same time and since most of the visitors understood Spanish, majority of the description of the places we in Spanish, with the odd translation of what was just discussed in English. We went in September, relatively lower season, so I guess they tried to cram everyone in per tour. We didn’t go into much detail either due to time constraints. If I had a choice, I would rather pay the same amount for the Cathedral entrance fee which also includes access to one of the bell towers also offering 360 views.
Ondřej Moravec (13 months ago)
Ticket for 5 or 6 euros (with or without camera obscura). If you want to see the dark room, it's better to go there in advance, otherwise it could be already booked. Kind and helpful guides. There are approximately 173 steps to the terrace at the top, which offers nice view of Cadiz.
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