Cadiz a great port city to visit 

Map of Spain , position of Cadiz
The Ancient port city of Cadiz in Southern Spain

Cádiz .... is one of the oldest settlements within Western Europe. It has long been one the country's principle ports. The city, which was founded approximately 1,100 years BC, is surrounded by the sea on three sides and is only accessible by the Puerta de Tierra', a strip of land that was constructed in 1755 by Torcuato Cayon.

Today Cádiz has a population of about 164,000 and is divided into two separate sections by the walls of Tierra Gate. One side is a modern industrial area, while the other includes typical white narrow streets, gardens and traditional small squares. Cádiz is rich in history with various monuments, buildings and museums located throughout the city. The old central quarters are famous for their picturesque charm, and many of the buildings reflect the city's overseas links. It is much smaller and less dynamic than many other Andalusian cities since tourism does not have a strong presence there. It does have a certain charm though, especially when the sun is setting over the Atlantic Ocean. Cádiz is also close to the biggest National Park in Europe, Doñana, which has eagles, lynx, wild boar, deer and an innumerable amount of birds which use the marshes in the park as a migrating stopover or as a winter stay away from northern European cold weather. The city contains many attractions to interest the visitor. These includes the beautiful Alameda de Apodaca, a viewpoint out across the sea, Genovés Park, the picturesque San Sebastián Castle, the delightful district of La Viña, the Plaza de España with its magnificent monument to the Cortes of Cádiz, the historic Church of San Felipe Neri, the Cádiz Art Gallery, which has a beautiful painting of the Immaculate Conception by Murillo, the Municipal History Museum, the Baroque Hospital de Mujeres, which has a work by El Greco of 'St. Francis in Ecstasy' and the Church of La Santa Cueva, containing works by Goya and for which Haydn composed a famous oratory. The Cathedral contains many interesting works of art, and contains the tomb of Manuel de Falla, one of Cádiz's most illustrious sons. The Fine Arts and Archaeology Museum exhibits include a Rubens canvas and some exceptional glassware and jewellery. Torre Tavira is the tallest and most important of the city's 160 lookout towers. Once climbed it offers a dramatic panoramic view of the city. Halfway between Cádiz and Tarifa is Cape Trafalgar. It was in this bay that Nelson fought and won the famous sea battle against the French and Spanish in 1805, losing his life but decimating the enemy fleet and ending Napoleon's hopes of invading England. Perhaps inevitably, there is no monument to the great battle, just a rather forlorn lighthouse perched on top of a small, rocky peninsula surrounded by sand dunes. Along the riverside, in the old part of Cádiz town, you can find many good restaurants and bars, serving all kinds of fish, shellfish or meat dishes celebrating the traditional Andalusian cuisine. Visit the area known as La Pescadería where there is a wide range of bars and pubs of varied ambiance. On top of that, the nearby beach has become a resort where it is possible to find almost everything: flamenco taverns, bowling alleys, skating rinks, pubs, restaurants, fast-food places and discos.

 

Cadiz , Ceuta , Cordoba , Gibraltar , Granada , Grazalema Natural Park ,Istan , Malaga , Marrakesh , Mijas Pueblo , Morrocco , Ojen , Ronda ,Seville , Tangier , Tarifa.

A CNR Guide to Cadiz