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Once known as Gadir almost 3000 years ago, Cadiz as it is now known is the oldest city in Europe. The gateway to Europe and the passing of numerous civilisations and cultures has left its mark on this city.
The numerous palaces, churches, monuments and gardens are a direct reminder of the history of this city, these, along with the invasion of the romans on the Iberian peninsula, the discovery of America and the beginnings of the Spanish constitution are all reminders of what this city has been through.
Known as the “silver teacup” or little “Havana” by many, this historic centre is full of surprises which must be covered by foot if you are to enjoy what its’ little streets and enchanting square have in store. Make sure you climb to the top of the Genoves park to get the best views of the bay.
Playa de la Victoria or La Caleta are to name but a couple of the fantastic beaches in the city and whilst you are there make sure you try some of the local delicacies.
Puerta de la Tierra: With it’s marble walls, this military fortress, built in the 18th century seems more like a religious sanctimony that it does what it was built for. No one of the more significant emblems of the city the towers where later built to connect the telephonic transmissions of nearby Andalucia. Sitting today in the commonly known Puerta Tierra it still represents the dividing line between the old and the new.
Catedral de Cádiz: Taking more than one hundred years to build it is hardly surprising that this cathedral is home to an eclectic mix of architectural styles ranging from baroque to neo-classic. Situated in the Plaza d la Catedral it is visible from anywhere in the city and with this in mind once your in it, climbing the Torre de Poniente seems like the obvious thing to do if you want to get the best views and pictures of Cadiz. Along ith its gold dome and beautiful worship hall you can visit the crypts of Manuel de Falla and Jose Maria Peman.
Gran Teatro Falla: In the month of February the home to the castings for the famous Carnaval de Cadiz. This theatre built on top of what was the theatre of Cadiz still shows signs on the façade of the muslim influence on the city.
Address: Pza. de Falla s/n
Museo de las Cortes de Cádiz: With one hall dedicated entirely to the Constitution of 1812 here you can find a miniature construction of the entire city of Cadiz along with a painting depicting the writing of the constitution. Here you will also find archaeological pieces, ceramics and other artefacts from the 18th century.
Castillo de San Sebastián: Scene of the movie Alatriste de Agustin Diaz Yanes, this lighthouse standing at 41 metres in height is found on the north flacks of Cadiz. Built on the Playa de la Caleta in the 18th century to defend Cadiz from any attacks from he north it traditionally was meant to be a temple.
Puerto de SantaMaría: Nearby Cadiz, this village could be your retreat from the city. It’s an interesting place where you still get the chance to bid for you food in the local market, which has to be said has some excellent products on offer. Visit the vineyards, enjoy the beaches or discover the house where Rafael Alberti once lived. Return by boat to Cadiz. But not just any boat, take the trip around the bay from El Puerto back to the city on a ship built in the fifties.