About us

The present virtual platform was created by the Environment Department in the City of Cádiz as a result of the Agreement of the Plenary Session of the City Council held on 27th May 2016. In this session, the initiation of the corresponding actions for the creation of the Virtual Educational Project “Celestino Mutis”, was approved. This is where the information related to the Green Heritage Site can be found, which makes up the Parks and Gardens of the City of Cádiz.

With the creation of this Platform, the City Council of Cadiz, lays down two fundamental objectives:

On one hand, that the public knows about, values and identifies with its green areas and heritage, and the environmental and cultural wealth that encompasses the Parks and Gardens of the city. The same applies to the territory of its municipal area, which also includes the Natural Park of Cádiz and its surroundings.

On the other hand, the creation of the platform is intended to establish joint actions aimed at the sharing of knowledge, to improve the conservation of the Public Parks and the Gardens of Cádiz, by establishing channels of information and communication with the public in order to promote respectful attitudes to the Urban Environment in general, and in particular, the Green Heritage site.


Square kilometres of the municipality of Cadiz


Square kilometres correspond to the urbanised area


Is the number of inhabitants in Cadiz


Square metres of surface occupied by urban green areas

The challenges still faced by the city such as the completion of historical projects demanded by the public are of special relevance, due to the fact that it is very difficult to create new green spaces within the urban area, whilst taking into account the limitations that the city has to expand. Some of these projects, which are included in the current Ordinance Plan, are the creations of the new Park in the San Jose cemetery and the new Station Park. There is no doubt that these projects will improve the quality of the urban area within the city.

33.3% of the surface of the Municipality of Cadiz is within the Bay of the Natural Park of Cadiz.

However, it seems to us of great relevance to show that 33.3% of the surface of the Municipality of Cádiz is within the Bay of the Natural Park of Cadiz, hence the importance of promoting the natural resources that surround us as areas of high ecological value for the use and enjoyment of the citizens. For many of Cadiz’s inhabitants, this natural space still remains largely unknown, as it is seen merely as a means of communication that connects the city of Cadiz with the rest of the localities of the Bay, without ever getting to know its interior.

In the centre of the city we have Historical Parks and Gardens of great heritage value that are part of our everyday lives.

…Gardens, such as Genoves Park, the tree-lined avenue named Alameda Apodaca, Mina Square (Plaza de Mina) or Candelaria Square (Plaza de Candelaria), have all remained untouched from their creation in the 19th century to the present day.

Gardens and squares have been fully integrated into the life of the city, as well as the monumental complex that surrounds them. Places such as Candelaria Square or Mina Square remain permanent enclaves of contact between Cadiz life and the gardens, remaining of great importance to local history.

For these reasons, among others, they were classified within the Law of Historical Heritage of Andalusia as Historical Gardens.

The patrimonial importance of the gardens in the centre of Cadiz is therefore based on the integrity of its current state and the low degree of transformation suffered.

The gardens contain a wide diversity of native plant species, with geographical origins from all over the world.

There are true botanical gems, which have also maintained their authenticity in the plant layout, without, over time, having been subjected to aggressive transformation. In addition, the gardens have decorative elements of very different natures and styles, which overshadow the traditional street furniture, such as lampposts and benches.

In addition, the gardens are authentic “works of art”, in which generations of gardeners have worked to maintain and conserve to this day without any major changes over time.

In recent years, the green areas of the city have been increasing with the creation and transformation of new spaces, such as the Celestino Mutis Park, which has become the largest urban green area in the city.

Extension of green areas in the year 2000
126.500 m2

318.881 m2
The current figure reaches

  • The Surface area has almost tripled

In the city there are approximately 9,500 trees and 2,700 palm trees, among which are many examples of great heritage value, either for their size or uniqueness, such as the famous examples of the Dragon Tree and Metrosideros located in Genoves Park or the Ficus de Mora and the Alameda Apodaca.

All the catalogued specimens are registered in the Vegetation Elements Catalogue included in the General Plan of Urban Planning.

We believe that the implementation of initiatives, such as this one, is fundamental, with the aim of promoting cross-cutting strategies that promote citizen awareness in terms of citizenship and respect for green areas, as well as actions aimed at enhancing the value of the green areas of the city.

Through this sample of spaces, which have been selected from among those that make up the city, it is intended to raise awareness, so that citizens, who spend their daily lives walking around these places, realise the importance of them for their well-being. It means having green areas, as well as promoting attitudes that encourage respect and participation in conservation.

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